Dr. Ricardo López odríguez

Dr. Ricardo López odríguez
Civil Engineering Department

Education and training PhD University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MECE University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
BSCE University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
Main research interests Behavior of Reinforced Concrete Structures
Earthquake Engineering
Mitigation of Natural Hazards
Civil Infrastructure
Publications José A. Martínez Cruzado, Ricardo R. López e Yvonne González Avellanet, “Rehabilitación Sísmica de Casas en Zancos”, a book produced by the Puerto Rico Strong Motion Program, printed at UPRM printing office, 2013.

Sahgjoon Park, Wael Hassan, Jack Moehle, Khalid Mosalam and Ricardo López, Seismic Response of Older Reinforced Concrete Corner Joints, 9th U.S. National and 10th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering: Toronto, July 25-29, 2010

Agudelo, Jairo A. y López, Ricardo R., “Curvas De Fragilidad Para Estructuras De Pórticos De Hormigón Armado Con Paredes De Mampostería. Caso De Estudio: Estructuras De 1 Y 2 Niveles En Puerto Rico”, Revista Internacional de Desastres Naturales, Accidentes e Infraestructura Civil, Volumen 9, Número 2, Septiembre 2009

Didier Valdés-Díaz, Ismael Pagán-Trinidad, Ricardo R. López-Rodríguez, and Rafael Victoria-Bournigal, Tropical Storm Impact on Infrastructure: The Case of Tropical Storm in Dominican Republic, Seventh LACCEI Latin American and Caribbean Conference for Engineering and Technology (LACCEI’2009), “Energy and Technology for the Americas: Education, Innovation, Technology and Practice”, June 2 – June 5 2009, San Cristóbal, Venezuela

Borges, Alexander, López, Ricardo R., Zapata, Raúl, and Luis Godoy, “Impact of Windborne Debris on Storm Shutter”, Proceedings of 11th America’s Conference on Wind Engineering, San Juan PR, June 22-26, 2009.

Nadal, Norberto C., Zapata, R., Pagán-Trinidad, I., López, R., Agudelo, J., “Building Damage due to Riverine and Coastal Floods”, Accepted for publication in ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, date pending, 2009.

D. Wendichansky Bard , E. Vélez Vélez, and R. López Rodríguez, “Effect of the Interior Masonry Walls on the Seismic Behavior of Concrete Houses – An Experimental Study”, Proceedings of the 14th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Beijing, China, October 12-17, 2008

Comisión de Terremotos del CIAPR, “Enmiendas para facilitar la adopción del International Building Code 2006 para el diseño estructural en Puerto Rico”, Dimensión, Año 22, Vol. 1, February 2008

Catherine French, Beth Brueggen, Benton Johnson, Sri Sritharan, Jon Waugh, Sriram Aaleti, Ricardo R. Lopez, Suzanne Nakaki-Dow, “Collaborative Research: Testing and Analyses of Nonrectangular Walls under Multi-Directional Loads”, Editor(s): Way Kuo, Peter Liaw, Lee Riedinger, Proceedings of the 2008 NSF Engineering Research and Innovation Conference, January 2008.

López, Ricardo R., 12 others, “Determination of the Vulnerability of Structures Subjected to Natural Disasters”, Final Technical Report, written for Insurance Commissioner of Puerto Rico, 29 November 2007

Mieses, Lourdes A., López, Ricardo R. y Saffar, Ali, “Development of Fragility Curves for Medium Rise Reinforced Concrete Shear Wall Residential Buildings in Puerto Rico”, ENIEF 2007, Proceedings of Simposio Homenaje al Dr. Carlos Prato, Argentina AMCA – AR_SIAM October 2 – 5, 2007

Current Project/ Accomplishments Seismic Evaluation of Hospitals for the PR Health Department
Education for Improving Resiliency of Coastal Infrastructure
Related information http://www.uprm.edu/engineering/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2015/10/HospitalesVulnerables.png
Keywords Reinforced Concrete Structures
Seismic rehabilitation
Civil Infrastructure
Resilience of Coastal Infrastructure
Natural Hazards Mitigation






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Dr. Suleiman Director 2

Dr David  Suleiman
Chemical Engineering Department Professor

Main research interest

Synthesis and Characterization of Polymer-Metal Nanostructured Membranes and Nanoengineered Composite Materials for Energy-Efficient Devices and Applications.  


Current Research 

Novel Ionic Polymer Nanocomposite Membranes for Advanced Water Purification:  The idea is to climb the use of a polymeric product for purification of water from the performance level marketing concept to prototype.



American Chemical Society , American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), Golden Key National Honor Society, Minority Faculty Forum of AIChE.



In-Situ Experimental Results on the Sylilation of Low k Films with Hexamethyldisilazane Dissolved in Supercritical Carbon DioxideJournal of Supercritical Fluids.  90:134-143. 2014

Mechanical and Chemical Properties of Poly(styrene-isobutylene-styrene) Block Copolymers: Effects of Sulfonation and Counter Ion Substitution.  Journal of Applied Polymer Science.  131:5620-5628. 2014

Evaluation of the Cytotoxic Effect of Camptothecin Solid Lipid Nanoparticles on MCF7 cells.  Drug Delivery.  20:338-348. 2013