Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, University Chile, Santiago, 1963. Master of Science in Soil Mechanics, National University Mexico, 1964. Doctor of Science in Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1971.
Principal Solum Associates, Chile, 1965—1968. Instructor Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1970—1971. Professor, head soil mechanics group University Chile, 1971—1973.
Associate professor civil engineering Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, 1977—1981, Institute Professor Engineering, since 2007. Professor Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, since 1981. Visiting professor University Texas, Austin, 1984—1985.
Director Geotechnical Centrifuge Research Center, 1988—2005. Director Center Earthquake Engineering Simulation Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, since 2005.
Member of National Academy of Engineering, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation, American Society Civil Engineers (J. James Croes medal 1985).