Ext . 5902
Email: walter.silva2@upr.edu
Office: OF-323
Education

PhD, Civil Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 1994.

MSCE, UPR-Mayagüez, P.R., 1986.

BSCE, University of Costa Rica, 1982.

Academic Experience
  • Professor, Civil Engineering and Surveying Dept., UPR-Mayagüez. (2014 to present).
  • Associate Director, Puerto Rico Water Resources Research Institute (1995-present).
  • Professor, Dept. of Engineering Science and Materials, UPR-Mayagüez. (2001 to 2014).
  • Invited Research Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Univ. of South Carolina, 2009.
  • Associate Professor, Dept. of General Engineering (1997-2001)
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Engineering Science and Materials, 1994 – 1997.
Non-Academic Experience
  • Consultant for the Planning Board of Puerto Rico (2016)
  • Instructor on short-courses in hydraulics, hydrology and erosion topic in Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic
  • Consultant for private companies in water resources projects.
  • Expert witness for insurance companies
Publications
  • Santiago-Collazo, F., Silva-Araya, W., Computation of Gradually Varied Flow in Channel Networks with Hydraulic Structures, Jour. Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, ASCE, Under review, 2018.
  • Santiago-Collazo,F., Silva-Araya, W., Modelo Hidráulico para Redes de Canales con Estructuras Hidráulicas, Congreso Latinoamericano y del Caribe de Ingeniería Agrícola – CLIA 2018, San Jose, Costa Rica, 4-7 Junio, 2018.
  • Silva-Araya, W. F., Santiago Collazo, F.L., Gonzalez Lopez, J. and Maldonado Maldonado, J., Dynamic Modeling of Surface Runoff and Storm Surge during Hurricane and Tropical Storm Events, Hydrology 2018, 5(1), 13; https://doi.org/10.3390/hydrology5010013.
  • F. Santiago-Collazo, W. Silva Araya, J. González-López and J. Maldonado-Maldonado, Flooding effects combining storm surge and surface runoff during Hurricane Georges on the eastern coast of Puerto Rico, Revista Internacional de Desastres Naturales, Accidentes e Infraestructura Civil (2017). URL https://www.scipedia.com/public/draft_Silva Araya_402876172. (in Spanish)
  • Silva-Araya, W., Rivera Santos, J., Guías para la Elaboración de Estudios de Transporte de Sedimentos para la Extracción de Material en los Ríos de Puerto Rico, Publicado por el Depto. de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales de Puerto Rico, Diciembre, 2016. (in Spanish).
  •  Silva-Araya, W., Rivera-Santos, Jorge (2016), “Guías para la Elaboración de Estudios de Transporte de Sedimentos para la Extracción de Material en los Ríos de Puerto Rico, Depto. Recursos Naturales y Ambientales de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico. (in Spanish)
  • Silva-Araya, W.F., Impacts and Design Alternatives for Erosion and Sedimentation Control (E&SC) in Highway Projects, El Puente Newsletter, PRLTAP, 29 (2), 2015. (in Spanish)
  • Suazo, D., Silva-Araya, W. and Rivera Santos, J., Methodology for Scour Evaluation on US Army Installation Bridges: A proposed Evaluation for Scour Risk and Channel Instability, ERDC/GSL TR-13-1, 2013.
  • Hammahiagary, P. R., Silva-Araya, W. and Hanif, M.H, “Estimation of Decay Coefficients for Unsteady Friction for Instantaneous Acceleration Based Models, J. Hydraul. Eng., 138 (3)260-271, 2012.