Ext : 2178
 Email:  ri.lopez@upr.edu
 Office: CI-105C2
Education

PhD, Civil Engineering (Structures) , University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign,1988
ME, Civil Engineering, University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez,1982
BSCE, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, 1980

Academic Experience
  • Professor, Civil Engineering Department, UPR (July 1996 to Present)
  • Associate Professor, Civil Engineering Department, UPRM (1991 to 1996)
  • Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering Department, UPRM (1988 to 1991)
  • Visiting Professor, Part Time, Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo, (1997-2004)
Non-Academic Experience
  • Participated in several structural design projects
  • Supervised several laboratory testing projects
  • Expert witness and court appointed commissioner in court cases
Honors & Awards
  • Selected Distinguished Engineering Professor of the Year 1993, PR Engineers Association, Mayagüez Chapter;
  • Selected Outstanding Professor by the Department of Civil Engineering, UPRM, 1995-96
  • Selected to receive Bonus of Productivity Award, UPRM, 1996
Publications
  • López Rodríguez, Ricardo R., José A. Martínez Cruzado, Luis E. Suárez Colche, Juan A. Rodríguez Vargas, Manuel A. Conde Fuster, Christian Villalobos Soto, “Evaluación Sísmica Preliminar de Hospitales en Puerto Rico”, (Preliminary Seismic Evaluation of Hospitals in PR), Dimensión, Año 29, Volumen 3, 2015, www.ciapr.org .
  • Rodríguez Vargas, Juan y López Rodríguez, Ricardo, “Análisis No lineal Estático y Dinámico de Pórticos de Hormigón Armado con Deficiencia en el Hormigón de las Columnas”, Mecánica Computacional Vol XXXIV, págs. 287-311, Argentina, Noviembre 2016. http://www.cimec.org.ar/ojs/index.php/mc/issue/view/828
  • 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
  • José A. Martínez Cruzado, Ricardo R. López, and 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.
  • Comisión de Terremotos del CIAPR, “Recomendaciones para la Rehabilitación Sísmica de Viviendas en PR”, a book produced by CIAPR, edited by Publishing Resources, Inc, San Juan PR, 2012.
  • 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 Victoriá-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”, Proceedings of the 2008 NSF Engineering Research and Innovation Conference, January 2008.