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Guillermo Narsilio

Associate Professor
Infrastructure Engineering
geothermal energy
porous media
granular media
science & technology
physical sciences
engineering, geological
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Guillermo Narsilio

Primary Interest
Numerical modelling
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Guillermo Narsilio


Dr Guillermo Narsilio is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow (and Associate Professor), and a member of the ARC College of Experts, in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne.

He received his PhD in Geotechnical Engineering (2006) and his Masters in Mathematics (2006) and in Geotechnical Engineering (2003) from Georgia Institute of Technology (USA).

He obtained his Diploma in Civil Engineering from the National University of Cordoba (Argentina) in 2001. He is the first and only Australian to have received the ISSMGE Outstanding Young Geotechnical Engineer Award, an honour given only every 4 years by the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) among geotechnical engineers and researchers worldwide. He co-authored a keynote paper with his former supervisor Prof Carlos Santamarina, considered one of the world's top geotechnical researchers, and another keynote paper with Prof Ian Johnston, well recognised in Australasia and the world. Narsilio did his postdoctoral experience at The University of Melbourne, guided by Prof David Smith, he became a Lecturer at the Melbourne School of Engineering in 2009, a Senior Lecturer in 2011, and he is now an Associate Professor. Narsilio has made important contributions to methane hydrates bearing sediments physical characterisation (this work was lead by Prof Santamarina, Prof Ruppel and Asst/Prof Yun, and has high impact in methane hydrates behaviour and extraction modelling, to use methane hydrates as an alternative energy source); multi-scale hydro-thermal conduction and diffusion geo-phenomena; and theoretical and numerical investigations of the chemo-mechanical properties of electrically charged porous materials (clays, shales, etc). In 2009, Narsilio was awarded (i) a Australian Postdoctoral Award (APD), by the ARC; and (ii) the inaugural Jack Morgan Award for outstanding contributions by a young geotechnical engineer to geomechanics in Victoria, by the Australian Geomechanics Society. Dr Narsilio's research interests include numerical modelling, multi-scale porous material characterisation and performance and the (sustainable) energy industry. He and a group of researchers at the Melbourne Energy Institute (Prof Ian Johnston, A/Prof Lu Aye, among others) are pursuing further research on basic and applied shallow and deep geothermal energy systems.

Research interests
- Geotechnical Engineering


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Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Given by the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), once every 4 years.

ISSMGE Outstanding Young Geotechnical Engineering Award


Outstanding contribution by a young geotechnical practitioner to geomechanics in Victoria.

Inaugural Jack Morgan Award, by the Australian Geomechanics Society, Australia


Who's Who in the World (26th Edition), Marquis Publishers, 2009, U.S.A.


Tower Award MsSc Math, OMED Educational Services, Georgia Institute of Technology


Tower Award Ph.D., OMED Educational Services, Georgia Institute of Technology


Grants-in-Aid of Research Award, by Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society


Graduate Research Assistantship, Particulate Media Research Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology


"University Prize". best student of the degree

"University Prize". Granted by Universidad Nacional de Cordoba


Prize "Premio Estudiantil Cordobes" (Best student of the career). Government of State of Cordoba


Scholarship "Becas integrales". Universidad Nacional de Cordoba





Associate Professor

Infrastructure Engineering

Life Member

International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG)


Australian Geomechanics Society, Victorian Chapter, Australia

Student Member

Society of Exploration Geophysicists

Student Member

Engineers without Borders, USA

Student Member

ASTM International

Student Member

American Society of Civil Engineers

Associate Member

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society


Doctor of Philosophy (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Georgia Institute of Technology

Master of Sciences (Mathematics)

Georgia Institute of Technology

Master of Sciences (Civil Engineering)

Georgia Institute of Technology

Civil Engineering Diploma

National University of Cordoba