Ext: 3465
Email: alberto.figueroa3@upr.edu
Office: CI-105B -A5

Education

PhD in Civil Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, August 2005.
MSCE, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, June 1999.
BSCE, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, June 1997.

Academic Experience
  • Professor, UPRM, August 2014 – present.
  • Associate Professor, UPRM, July 2008 – July 2014.
  • Assistant Professor, UPRM, August 2005 – June 2008.
  • Instructor, UPRM, August 1999 – May 2001.
Non-Academic Experience
  • Director, UPRM Civil Infrastructure Research Center, January 2020 – present.
  • Associate Director, UPRM Department of Civil Engineering and Surveying, January 2020 – present.
  • Executive Director, Puerto Rico Integrated Transit Authority, February 2015 – December 2016.
  • President and General Manager, Metropolitan Bus Authority, March 2013 -Jan. 2015.
  • President of AMFM Transpo Engineering, PSC, Puerto Rico, July 2012 – present.
  • Deputy Director, Puerto Rico Transportation Technology Transfer Center, FHWA Local Technical Assistance Program, UPRM,  August 2007 – December 2011.
Honors & Awards
  • Distinguished Transportation Professional Award, Puerto Rico Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, 2015.
  • Eminent Engineer, Tau Beta Pi, Puerto Rico Alpha Chapter, December 2010.
  • 2006-07 Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, UPRM, May 2008.
  • UPR Presidential Fellowship, University of Puerto Rico, August 2001-May 2005.
  • Olson Transportation Fellowship, School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 2001.
Publications
  • Valdés, D., Lopez, C., Colucci, B., Figueroa-Medina, A., García, R., Colón, E. and M. Rojas. 2019. Comparative Analysis between Distracted Driving Texting Laws and Driver’s Behavior in Construction Work Zones. Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction, Vol. 11(4), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). 2019 Construction Institute Summit, March 7-9, 2019, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. https://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%29LA.1943-4170.0000315.
  • D. Valdés, M. Knodler, B. Colucci, A. Figueroa Medina, M. Rojas, E. Colon, N. Campbell, and F. Tainter. 2019. Speed Behavior in a Suburban School Zone: A Driving Simulation Study with Familiar and Unfamiliar Drivers from Puerto Rico and Massachusetts. Journal of Advances in Human Factors of Transportation, Chapter No. 30. Driving Behavior and Simulation, pp. 319-329. 2019 International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE), July 24-28, 2019, Washington D.C., USA. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-20503-4_30.
  • García, R., D. Valdés, and A. Figueroa-Medina. May 2019. Evaluation of the Effectiveness on the Implementation of a Two-Way Left-Turn Lane with Educational Material in Highway PR-107 Using a Driving Simulator. Transportation Research Record. Journal of the Transportation Research Board. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198119843263.
  • Buitrago, F. and A. Figueroa-Medina. 2015. Video-Based Approach to Analyze Driver Decisions at Signalized Intersections. Advances in Transportation Studies International Journal, Issue 36, Section B, pp. 87-98. http://host.uniroma3.it/riviste/ats/journal_page_36th%20issue.html.
  • Figueroa-Medina, A. and A. Tarko. 2007. Speed Changes in the Vicinity of Horizontal Curves on Two-Lane Rural Roads. Journal of Transportation Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Vol. 133, No. 4, pp. 215-222. http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/(ASCE)0733-947X(2007)133%3A4(215).
  • Tarko, A. and Figueroa-Medina, A. 2006. Implications of Risk Perception Under Assumption of Rational Driver Behavior. Transportation Research Record 1980, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, pp. 8-15. http://trrjournalonline.trb.org/doi/pdf/10.3141/1980-04.
  • Figueroa-Medina, A. and A. Tarko. 2005. Speed Factors on Two-Lane Rural Highways in Free-Flow Conditions. Transportation Research Record 1912: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. http://trrjournalonline.trb.org/doi/abs/10.3141/1912-05.
Research Projects and Interests
  • Virtual Reality Simulation and Driving Simulation tools, micro-mobility services and pedestrians, modeling of objective and subjective highway safety, road user behavior, performance evaluation of highways and transit services, transportation policy and sustainability considerations.