Francisco López Jiménez
Assistant Professor
Aerospace Mechanics Research Center (AMReC)

Office Location: AERO 355

Focus Area

Structural & Material Systems


PhD, Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology, 2011
MSc, Aerospace Engineering, California Institute of  Technology, 2007
Engineering Degree, Mechanical Engineering, University of Seville (Spain), 2006

Professional Experience

2017 - Present, Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
2013 - 2016, Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2011 - 2013, Postdoctoral Associate, Laboratoire de Mécanique des Solides, École Polytechnique (France)
2007 - 2011, Research Assistant, California Institute of Technology


Young Researcher Award for the best oral presentation, 8th European Solid Mechanics Conference (ESMC), Graz, Austria, 2012.
Graduate student fellowship, Keck Institute for Space Studies, California Institute of Technology, 2009-2010.

Research Interests

Deployable structures
Composite materials
Slender structures and soft solids
Instabilities and buckling
Pattern formation and self-organization