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Email: alesandra.morales@upr.edu
Office: CI-011

Education

PhD, Civil Engineering, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI., 2015.

MSCE, UPR-Mayagüez, P.R., 2010.

BSCE, UPR-Mayagüez, P.R., 2007


Academic Experience

  • Field Engineer, Venegas Construction Corp, Mayaguez, PR (Summer 2006)
  • Summer Intern, USA Corps of Engineers ERCD-CREEL “Advanced Airfield Damage Technologies Phase II” (Summer 2007)
  • Laboratory Instructor, Department of Civil Engineering and Survey, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (2007-2009)
  • Research Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Rhode Island (2010-2012)
  • Instructor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Rhode Island (Winter 2013)
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Rhode Island (Spring 2014)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Survey, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (March 2015 to present)
  • Co-Pi NSF-HIS “Innovations Ecosystems” (2017-2018)

Non-Academic Experience

  • USA, New Zealand and Japan Liquefaction Workshop (Fall 2016)
  • IGS North America, ETE, Geosynthetics Seminar (Winter 2017)
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Panelist (2016, 2018)
  • NSF Workshop “Connecting Geotechnical Engineering Faculty” (2017, 2018)
  • NSF Workshop “Advanced Manufacturing” (Fall 2018)
  • Reviewer “5th Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics Conference” (2018)
  • Reviewer “Geo-Congress 2019” (2018)

Honors & Awards

  • DOE-SR Fellowship Recipient (2008-2009)
  • Dwight David Eisenhower Fellowship (2005-2006)
  • URITC Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year (2013)
  • RIDOT’s Doctoral Fellow (2010-2013)

Publications

  • Villarreal-Arango, A., Morales-Vélez, A.C., Baxter, C.D.P., and Pando, M.A. (2017) “Site response analysis and liquefaction potential of a calcareous sand site from Puerto Rico.” PBDIII Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, Vancouver, Canada
  • Moreno-Cortés, C., Morales-Vélez, A.C, González-Vélez, E., and Hwang, S. (2016). “Improving
  • Transportation Safety and Environmental Sustainability with Pervious Concrete Bicycle Path.” (Poster presentation at Puerto Rico’s annual ITE Conference).
  • García-Terán, R., Morales-Vélez, A.C., and Hwang, S. (2016). “Pervious Concrete Pavement on a UPRM Public Plaza to Improve Safety and Livability.” (Poster presentation at Puerto Rico’s annual ITE Conference).
  • Morales-Velez, A.C., Baxter, C.D.P., and Pando, M.A. (2015). “Evaluation of the cyclic resistance of an uncemented calcareous sand deposit from Puerto Rico using shear wave velocity.” 6th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • Morales-Velez, A.C., Baxter, C.D.P., Pando, M.A., and, Anderson, J.B. (2015). “Comparison of the cyclic resistance of a calcareous sand deposit from Puerto Rico from seismic dilatometer test (sDMT) and seismic cone penetration test (sCPTu).” The 3 rd International Conference on the Flat Dilatometer, Rome, Italy.
  • Morales-Velez, A.C., Baxter, C.D.P., and Pando, M. (2013). “Liquefaction resistance of
  •   calcareous sands from Puerto Rico using shear wave velocity.” International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, Istanbul, Turkey. (Extended abstract and poster presentation).