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    Civil engineers are involved in almost all aspects of public works and utilities infrastructure development. They provide the engineering design of a multistory building, a highway, a bridge, a retaining wall to support soil pressure, a water supply system, a storm sewer, a sanitary sewer system, a dam, among other things. They may analyze the hydrologic conditions of a particular area, the mechanical properties of soils, the transportation needs of a community, or the expected behavior of a structure. They may also plan, overview, and manage the execution of the jobs previously mentioned.

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    Modern engineering is one of the great pillars of economic and social development. But development must not occur at the expense of environmental degradation. Therefore, the engineering design of urban, agricultural, and industrial facilities must have environmental protection mechanisms or systems built in. The environmental engineer is the professional who is academically prepared to design these environmental protection mechanisms and systems; and to collaborate with other professionals in the creation of environmentally sound engineering works. The graduates from this program will have their place in government agencies with regulatory, construction, or maintenance responsibilities; in design and consulting engineering firms; and in the industrial sector, especially in the type of industry that, because of its industrial operations, results in significant environmental impact.
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  • American Concrete Institute – Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico Student Chapter (ACI-PUPR Student Chapter)

    Early history

    The American Concrete Institute (ACI) is an international institution dedicated to the advancement of technology related to concrete construction. It was established in 1904 and has over 20,000 members in over 108 countries. From its earliest days, ACI has been active internationally, principally through the exchange of speakers at conventions and meetings. The first ACI convention outside the U.S. was in Montreal in 1956, and ACI has met in Canada and Mexico numerous times since. Since 1992 the ACI has participated in the creation of concrete guidance provided by the International Standards Organization (ISO). (Source: www.concrete.org).

    The ACI-PUPR Student Chapter was established in the year 2005 when a group of students from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department saw the need to establish communication with the American Concrete Institute – Puerto Rico Professional Chapter. The students decided to participate in the concrete design competitions held biannually by the ACI.

    In March 2006 the first group from the ACI-PUPR traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to represent the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in an international competition for the first time. For that competition a team of three students designed a concrete Egg Protection Device (EPD). An EPD is a small concrete structure designed to protect a common egg from an impact charge (aka a falling object). The ACI-PUPR team finished number 9 of 11 teams that participated. They also participated in several educational and technological meetings which added to their enthusiasm to compete again.

    The second ACI-PUPR team to compete did so on October 2006 at the ACI convention in Denver, Colorado. There, a team of nine students participated in the Concrete Cylinder competition which awarded prizes in three categories: target resistance in compression of 3500 psi, target concrete density of 150 pcf and lowest cost.

    The ACI-PUPR team submitted two samples. One of the samples won first prize in the target resistance category and the second sample won second prize in the target density category. ACI-PUPR team that competed in the Concrete Cylinder competition in Denver, Colorado, October, 2006)

    During their visit to Colorado the students decided to take a tour into the Rocky Mountains. On their way they stopped at the Loveland Pass, which is the highest mountain pass in the world that remains open regularly during winter season and is also the continental divide in the United States.

    Some of the students also tried to ski for the first time during this trip.


    Prof. Ginger M. Rossy with students at the Loveland Pass, October 2006.

    The students that participated in the Denver 2006 competition were: Davis Matías, Carla Bermúdez, Felix Arroyo, Adriana López, Glorinel Ojeda, Lucas Rivera, Guillermo Vicens, Luis Oscar Rivera and Laureano Dávila.

    The ACI-PUPR competed once more during the ACI convention that was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in October 2007. The competition at that time was the Concrete Cube, which required the design of a 2 inch concrete cube that would resist a load of 7,000 psi. The ACI-PUPR team qualified for the competition but finished last among the 18 teams that participated that time.

    Between that last competition and the summer of 2012, the ACI-PUPR members were dedicated to participating in conferences and activities that would prepare them for future competition.

    Members of the ACI-PUPR Student Chapter visit the construction site of the Portugués River in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

    Recent History

    In the fall of 2012, the ACI-PUPR chapter decided it was time to compete again. The chapter directive decided to have an internal EPD competition to select the teams that would represent the Polytechnic University in the fall 2012 ACI Convention in Toronto, Canada. A group of five judges was selected: three professors, Dr. Héctor Cruzado, Dr. Alberto Guzmán, and Dr. Bernardo Deschapelles, one concrete laboratory technician, Salvador Montilla, and the vice president of the ACI-PR Chapter, Eng. Rubén Segarra.

    A total of nine teams signed in to participate in the EPD competition. The students were required to design and cast an EPD using the same restrictions and regulations that are required in the ACI international competition. The competition was held at the entrance of the laboratory building at the Polytechnic University on September 26, 2012. The competition attracted over 100 students who cheered with every blow to the concrete specimens. At the end, the two best specimens were selected to enter the EPD competition to be held in Toronto on October 28, 2012.

    Winners of the first place in the “Egg Protection Device” internal competition, Thaer Muhana Abu-Naim, José Solero and Jorge Pagán.

    Winners of the second place in the “Egg Protection Device” internal competition, Josué Ramírez, Elimar Alvarado and Miguel Pérez.

    The Canada Experience

    On October 27, 2012 nine students along with Prof. Ginger M. Rossy traveled to Toronto, Canada, to compete in the EPD competition for the second time in the chapter’s history. Hopes were high as the two teams had prepared for this competition for almost six months in advance. The ACI Convention was held in the Sheraton Toronto Hotel. Both specimens made it to the judges table on time on October 28, 2012 and were evaluated for pre-requirement compliance. One of the specimens was disqualified for being one eighth of an inch (1/8 inch) too tall. The second specimen complied with all requirements and proceeded to final testing.

    Egg Protection Device specimens presented for testing by the ACI-PUPR teams.

    Egg Protection Device testing apparatus loaded with one of the ACI-PUPR specimens.

    During the competition the students shared their experiences with students from the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez Campus as well as students from Canada, Mexico and several other universities in the United States. The atmosphere was festive as one by one the specimens were destroyed and eggs were splattered.

    A total of 32 teams competed that day but results would not be revealed until the next day during the student lunch. The students spent the rest of the afternoon visiting the exhibits and concrete suppliers booths that were showcased in the convention. Some students claimed that they were gathering ideas for future competitions.

    On Monday October 29 the students attended the student lunch where they received a lecture on the construction of the CN Tower, the most recognized landmark in Toronto. At the end of the lecture the winners of the student competitions were revealed. The ACI-PUPR team standing was number 13 out of the 32 teams that competed.

    ACI-PUPR team that placed 13 out of 32 participating teams: Josué Ramírez, Elimar Alvarado and Miguel Pérez.

    The entire ACI-PUPR representation at the Fall 2012 ACI Convention in Toronto, Canada: Josué Ramírez, Elimar Alvarado, Miguel Pérez, Thaer Muhana Abu-Naim, José Solero and Jorge Pagán. Also, members from the ACI-PUPR directive: Jenitza Rodriguez, Adrián Ramos, Juan G. Rivera, and Professor Ginger M. Rossy.

    Monday afternoon and Tuesday were dedicated to attending other activities that are regularly scheduled during ACI conventions. One of these activities, the Concrete Mixer, which is intended to serve as a networking opportunity between people interested in concrete design and use, was held at the Royal Ontario Museum. The students had the opportunity to meet other concrete professionals as well as learn about Canadian culture. In the afternoons, the students visited some of the most recognized landmarks, such as the CN Tower and the St. Lawrence Market which was recognized as the number one food market in the world by the National Geographic Society.

    Photo of the CN Tower taken by one of the students.

    Students having lunch at the St. Lawrence Market, Toronto, Canada.

    On Wednesday, the entire ACI-PUPR group took a tour to the Niagara Falls where they experienced first-hand the beauty and majesty of the waterfalls. The group was able to board the Maid of the Mist boat that takes people so close to the falls that they end up soaked, no matter if they are wearing long raincoats.

    At the start of the tour to Niagara Falls in Toronto Canada

    Aboard the Maid of the Mist boat at the Niagara Falls.

    At the end of the week, the students were exhausted but happy of having completed their goal to participate and place well in an international competition. They could not wait to compete again.

    The ACI-PUPR Student Chapter wants to thank all of the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering officials and personnel that assisted in the preparation for this competition. Also, to all of the private companies that funded this project, the most sincere appreciation.



    The Minneapolis Experience

    On January 2013, a new group of members from the ACI-PUPR Student Chapter got together to prepare for the next challenge: the Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites Competition. The objective of this competition was to design and cast a concrete beam using very high-strength materials that are nonconductive, noncorrosive, and lightweight. The beams were to be tested at the ACI Fall Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota on the week of April 14, 2013.

    With the help of many of the staff and professors from the Civil Engineering Department the students were able to create two specimens that complied with the requirements for the competition. The students were able to secure the necessary funding for this project with donations from the university, private firms and with fundraising activities.

    Students arrive at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Minnesota. The team included: Ethos Rivera Cruz, Moises G. Orama Chacón, Sheila M. Díaz Rodríguez, Jonathan Candelaria Collazo, Sandimary Dávila Rosario, Fabianne Torres Sánchez, Teresita Nazario Acosta, Kary Ayala Quiñones and Yanzaris J. Ramos Rivera (not in the picture).

    Shipping the two samples was a project on its own. The beams were slender; if placed inside the checked baggage they could be destroyed. Such was the case with the samples from the University of Houston and the Universidad Autónoma de Nueva León, whose samples got destroyed in shipment. The two samples from the ACI-PUPR Team arrived intact thanks to the ingenuity of the students who constructed individual foam-padded wood crates for each sample. The samples arrived on time to the judges table on the morning of April 14, 2013 and complied with all requirements.

    The two samples of Fiber Reinforced Composites (FRC), PUPR1 and PUPR2 on display prior to the competition.

    The first sample, PUPR1, makes it to the judges table.

    Tension was high as the samples were destroyed one by one. The apparatus used applied a force in the center of the beam which was simply supported at both ends. One member of each team was chosen to operate the machine. This way, the students were responsible for the speed at which the load was being applied.

    One particularity of fiber composite reinforcements is that, contrary to steel reinforcement, they are not very flexible; therefore every time a beam failed it exploded making loud noises and sending pieces of concrete flying in every direction. The testing apparatus was separated from the audience by a steel wire mesh screen.

    One of the ACI-PUPR samples being tested. The team members are on the right.

    The results of the competition were held secret until Monday October 15, when the first three places were announced during the accustomed Student Lunch. The rest of the thirty teams that participated had to wait two weeks for the official results to arrive by e-mail and be published in the ACI web page (www.concrete.org). The ACI-PUPR team was pleased to learn that they had placed 10th in the load to cost category of the competition, placing them in the upper third of the universities that participated.

    The rest of the week, the students participated in conferences and meetings that are part of the student schedule at the ACI conventions such as the young professionals networking event, the concrete mixer, and the exhibitions of new materials and concrete mixing procedures. Also, the ACI-PUPR chapter was invited to the ACI Vice-President reception by José Izquierdo Encarnación, former president of ACI International.

    The cultural involvement part of this trip included a visit to the museum of the University of Minneapolis and an afternoon at the Mall of America, the largest mall in the United States, which includes an indoor amusement park.

    ACI-PUPR team members with former ACI president José (Pepe) Izquierdo Encarnación during the Vice-President reception. April 2013.

    ACI-PUPR members at the Mall of America. April 2013.

    The Phoenix, Arizona Experience

    On October 20, 2013 the ACI Student Chapter participated in the ACI Pervious Concrete Cylinder Competition held during the ACI Fall Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. The objective of this competition was to design a pervious concrete mix; that is a concrete mix that would permit the flow of water but that retains its compressive resistance properties.

    Samples of pervious concrete provided by ACI-PUPR Student Chapter for the 2013 ACI Pervious Concrete Competition, Phoenix, Arizona.

    The students that participated in this competition were: Sheila Díaz, Jonathan Candelaria, Fabianne Torres, Kary Ayala, Sandimary Dávila and Jennifer Chavarria. Four of them traveled to Phoenix to attend the competition. Once there, the students completed successfully all of the competition preliminary events including the measuring and weighting of samples, verification of concrete mix and written report submittal. All samples qualified for the competition.

    Kary Ayala, Sheila Díaz, Fabianne Torres and Sandimary Dávila display the Puerto Rican Flag at the entrance of the ACI 2013 Fall Convention in Phoenix, Arizona.

    Students from the ACI-PUPR Student Chapter observe the testing of their pervious concrete cylinders.

    The ACI-PUPR Student Chapter had an excellent performance in the competition. Out of the 35 teams that participated, our team obtained the following standings: sixth place in permeability, twelfth place in written report, twenty-seventh place in split test, and nineteenth place overall.

    After the competition the students attended seminars and visited the displays and exhibitions at the convention.

    ACI-PUPR Board of Directors for School Year 2013-2014

    President / Sheila M. Díaz Rodríguez
    Vicepresident / Moisés G. Orama Chacón
    Treasurer / Jonathan Candelaria Collazo
    Faculty Advisor / Prof. Ginger M. Rossy



    Upcoming events

    The ACI-PUPR schedule of events is as follows: October 20-24, 2013, Phoenix, Arizona

    ACI FRC Bowling Ball Competition

    The object is to design and construct a fiber-reinforced concrete bowling ball to achieve optimal performance under specified failure criteria and to develop a fabrication process that produces a radial uniform density while maximizing volume. (www.concrete.org))

    ACI Art of Concrete Competition.

    The objectives of the competition are to explore the artistic nature of concrete; to display the varieties, form, function, and beauty of concrete; and attract participation from a broad group of students outside of engineering programs. (www.concrete.org)



    American Society of Civil Engineers- Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico Student Chapter (ASCE-PUPR Student Chapter)

    What is the ASCE?

    ASCE is the oldest engineering society in America. It was founded in 1852, and represents more than 140,000 members worldwide. The society’s vision is to use leaders in engineering to advance civil engineering and serve the public. For this, ASCE provides hundreds of publications and learning venues such as seminars, courses and exhibitions annually. Also, ASCE administrates the two most recognized student competitions in civil engineering: the concrete canoe and the steel bridge. (www.asce.org)

    The ASCE-PUPR Student Chapter

    The Early Years

    The ASCE-PUPR student chapter has been present in the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR) since early 1980’s. In its beginnings, the chapter was known for its seminars and field trips which added to the knowledge acquired in the classroom. Also, ASCE-PUPR was responsible for a series of extracurricular activities such as sport tournaments and goofy games, which motivated students and gave the civil engineering department atmosphere and familiarity.

    The economic hardship of the late 2000’s forced students to abandon the chapter, leaving it dormant between the years 2010 to 2012. In 2012 a new breed of student leaders took the chapter for what seems to be a brilliant comeback.

    Members of the new ASCE-PUPR Student Chapter at the PUPR library. December 2012.

    The New ASCE-PUPR

    In September 2012, a group of 20 students got together to vote for a new board of directives for the ASCE-PUPR chapter. That same day the new chapter voted to participate for the first time in the ASCE Southwest Student Conference which would be March 14-16, 2013 in Miami, Florida. With a budget in negative numbers and only five months to prepare, the students decided to participate only in two competitions, the Concrete Resistance and the Mystery Competitions.

    Preparation for the competition included fundraising activities to pay for construction materials to practice with, and travel expenses. The students requested the help from faculty members which gave their time between trimesters to prepare the students for the challenges. The concrete resistance competition required the students to design, cast and perform compressive strength tests to concrete cylinders under restrictive time frames. The mystery competition was just that; a mystery. But the competition instructions stated that knowledge of civil engineering principles was required.

    The ASCE-PUPR student chapter representation to their first ever conference included 17 students of which 3 were directives, 7 were competitors and the rest were support members. The ASCE promotes the assistance of as many students as possible to the annual conferences and events.

    Team that represented the ASCE-PUPR student chapter in the ASCE Southeast Conference, March 14, 2013: Jesse Vale Rivera, Juan Rivera Rivera, Dexter Colón and Roberto Rivera. (Concrete Resistance Competition)

    Members of the ASCE-PUPR student chapter at the ASCE Southeast Conference, March 14, 2013, Miami, Florida. Fabian O. Nazario, Gian Franco, Alana Muñoz, Juan Rivera Rivera, Xavier Bonilla De Jesús, Jesse Vale Rivera, Dexter Colón, Yanira Pérez Vázquez, Angelique Ramos, Roberto Rivera, Tony Torres, José Torres, Alexander Casillas, Melanie Merlo, Marilid López, Zuleika Ruiz, Aidelis Moyet and Gabriel Rivera.

    The students represented their student chapter with dignity, completing every step as required. Sadly, in the concrete resistance competition the ASCE-PUPR team was disqualified because the concrete samples had not cured sufficiently in 24 hours to be unmolded properly, therefore a sample could not be submitted to the final round.

    The mystery competition consisted of a giant JENGA game, in which student teams alternated to move wooden game pieces from lower parts of the wood pile column to the top layer. The engineering knowledge required was identifying zero-force members of the structure that could be removed without toppling the column. In this competition the ASCE-PUPR team secured the 17th place from the 23 teams that participated.

    ASCE-PUPR members attending the ASCE Southeast Conference formal dinner and award ceremony, March 17, 2013, Miami Florida.

    ASCE-PUPR board of directors attending the ASCE Southeast Conference formal dinner and award ceremony, March 17, 2013, Miami Florida. Fabian O. Nazario, Gian Franco, Alana Muñoz and Prof. Ginger M. Rossy.

    Student Activities in Spring 2013

    The new ASCE-PUPR student chapter has continued with the tradition of providing education and meaningful experiences to the civil engineering student body. The activities provided have included seminars in new materials and construction project administration, department service during institutional open houses, and indoor tournaments, such as a giant JENGA competition. This last one was open to all students and was an instant success.

    Students playing JENGA at the PUPR. April 2013.

    ASCE-PUPR Board of Directors for School Year 2013-2014

    President / Fabián O. Nazario
    Vicepresident / Roberto Rivera
    Treasurer / Angelique Ramos
    Secretary / Aidelis Moyet
    Sub Secretary / Jennifer Chavarria
    Public Relations / Carlos González
    Activities Coordinator / Yanira Pérez
    Competition Coordinator / Jesse Vale
    Faculty Advisor / Prof. Ginger M. Rossy

    Upcoming events

    • 2014 Southeast Conference – University of South Florida, March 27-29, 2014
    • The PUPR will compete for the first time in the Concrete Canoe and the Steel Bridge Competitions. (http://www.asce.org/studentconferences/)
    • 2013-2014 ASCE-PUPR Conferences and Activities schedule
    • Like us in Facebook for an update of upcoming events! (ASCE PUPR Chapter)



    Puerto Rico Water & Environment Association Student Chapter (PRW&EA Student Chapter)

    PRW&EA Professional Chapter

    The “Puerto Rico Water & Environment Association”, was established in 1947. It is a non for profit organization dedicated to foster the understanding and development of the environmental fields of drinking water, wastewater and the environment. PRW&EA is comprised of the local section of the “American Water Works Association” (AWWA) and the member association of the Water Environment Federation (WEF). These organizations are recognized worldwide for their commitment of promoting the water quality and the betterment of the water professionals in these fields. (http://www.prwea.org)

    PRW&EA Student Chapter

    The PRW&EA student chapter’s objective is to develop a sense of the correct use of potable water among the students of the diverse areas of engineering and ensure proper disposition of residual waters. For this purpose the student chapter coordinates activities with the professional chapter to supplement the classroom learning in the fields of water resources and environmental engineering.

    Among the various activities planned each year the most fascinating are the visits to local water treatment plants, in which the students get the opportunity to experience firsthand the processes discussed in the classroom.

    In March 22, 2013 members from the student chapter had the opportunity to participate in the Tap Water Taste Contest 2013. In this open contest, participants were given samples of tap water from various water treatment plants. The objective was to instruct the population in the fact that not necessarily because water tastes different it means that it has been treated differently. After the tasting, the challenge was to try to match random, unidentified samples with the correct treatment plant.

    Water samples for the Tap Water Taste Contest 2013. San Juan, Puerto Rico. March, 2013.

    Members of the PRW&EA participating in the Tap Water Taste Contest 2013. San Juan, Puerto Rico. March, 2013. Left to right: Osvaldo Collazo, Manuel Hernández, Josué Ortiz and Rachel Morales.

    It is not necessary to be a member of the PRW&EA student chapter to participate in the activities and field trips. The 2013-2014 board of directives includes:

    • Josué Ortiz- President
    • Warren Castro- Vicepresident
    • Fabián Buitrago- Treasurer
    • Rachel Morales- Secretary
    • Jesuel Soto – Activities Coordinator
    • Manuel Hernández- Membership Manager
    • Widalis Collazo- Vocal

    Upcoming Events

    The activities for the current school year will include:
    • Puma Energy Caribe LLC (aka Gulf, Caribbean Petroleum Company
    (CAPECO)): Visit to the facility’s water treatment plant.
    • Field trip to the Guayama Carbon Power Plant.



    Associated General Contractors of America – Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico Student Chapter (AGC – PUPR Student Chapter)

    AGC Puerto Rico Chapter

    The AGC Puerto Rico Chapter was established in 1963 to ensure equity between construction companies in Puerto Rico. The approximately 350 companies that form the association rely on its elected officials to provide guidance on unfair construction practices and risk conditions that could result in adverse circumstances for the companies. The AGC provides the necessary tools for protecting the construction business in Puerto Rico, which represents six thousand million dollars in the current economy.

    The AGC Puerto Rico Chapter also has social objectives. Among these are the Build Up! and On Site! initiatives, which provide the necessary resources to teach students from the Puerto Rico public schools the basics of what is engineering and how a construction company works. The final purpose would be to attract the future generation to the construction business which is the base for a sound infrastructure.

    AGC- PUPR Student Chapter

    The AGC – PUPR student chapter is responsible for establishing contacts between the university students and the 350 companies that make the professional association. Its purpose is to make all members of the student community aware of the variety of professions available in the construction field. Students from the architecture and management schools are welcomed to join the AGC-PUPR student chapter.

    Communication between the student and the professional chapters is continuous, ensuring the best available opportunities for the students to immerse in the construction business and meet their future employers. Also, the PUPR students are welcomed to participate in the professional chapter community outreach initiatives. Because of this, the students get different perspectives from the populations which they will serve upon graduation.

    Recent Activities

    • 2013 Inauguration of the AGC Puerto Rico Professional Chapter, January 30, 2013: Members from the student chapter met with members of several construction companies. The Governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, made a special appearance and addressed the attendants to the activity.

    AGC-PUPR members meet with members of the professional chapter during its 2013 Inauguration on January 30, 2013.

    Governor of Puerto Rico, Hon. Alejandro Garcia Padilla, addresses the members of the AGC Profesional Chapter. January 30, 2013.

    • On-Site! Closing Activity. Ricardo Arroyo Laracuente School, Dorado, Puerto Rico. April 3, 2013: Members from the AGC – PUPR student chapter assisted members of the professional chapter by giving a lecture to middle school students. The lecture informed the high school students of the opportunities available in the construction industry and guided them into the university programs that would help them enter the work force.


    Members of the AGC-PUPR Student Chapter give a lecture to the participants of On-Site! Dorado, Puerto Rico, April 3, 2013.

    • Polytechnic University Campus Tour, April 11, 2013: AGC-PUPR chapter members organized a special tour and lecture on the engineering fields for the attendants of the Campus Tour. The Campus Tour is an invitation to high school students to tour the university and get an inside look of the laboratories and general facilities of the institution.

    AGC-PUPR Board of Directors for School Year 2013

    President / Alana M Muñoz
    Vicepresident / Gerardo Eli Rodríguez Ayala
    Treasurer / Margueritte Smith Clark
    Secretary / Abdiel Vélez
    Sub Secretary / Jennifer Chavarria
    Public Relations / Esthefany De la Cruz
    Vocals / Alexandra Báez Rivas, Alexander Sánchez, Zuleika Ruiz Hernández
    Faculty Advisor / Prof. Ginger M. Rossy

    Upcoming events

    Please visit this site again at the end of August 2013 for an update on the 2013-2014 activities schedule.



    Institute of Transportation Engineers-Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico Student Chapter (ITE-PUPR Student Chapter)

    Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

    The ITE is an association of professionals dedicated to promote mobility and safety in transportation. ITE was established in 1930 and currently has over 17,000 members which include engineers, urban planners, consultants, educators and researchers. ITE publishes hundreds of articles on new ideas to improve transportation systems.

    ITE-PUPR Student Chapter

    The ITE-PUPR student chapter is the newest chapter in the Civil Engineering Department at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico!

    The chapter was officially inaugurated on December 19, 2012 by the ITE Puerto Rico Chapter. The ceremony was held at the Salón Milla de Oro at the PUPR Library. Special guests included the PUPR Dean of Engineering, the Director of the Metropolitan Bus Authority, and members from the Recinto Universitario de Mayaguez ITE student Chapter.

    Faculty Advisor and members from the ITE-PUPR Student Chapter receive the official chartering certificate from members of the ITE Professional Chapter.

    ITE-PUPR Directive with PUPR Dean of Engineering, Dr. Carlos González (center) and new President of the Puerto Rico Metropolitan Bus Authority Dr. Alberto M. Figueroa (third from the right). Members of the Directive are: Abdiel Vélez, Prof. Ginger M. Rossy, Aidelys Moyet, Elimar Alvarado, Miguel López Navarrete, Alberto Vázquez and Yanzaris Ramos. Not in the picture Alexandra Báez and Stephanie Polanco.

    Service activities

    November 2013

    In the month of November 2013, the ITE-PUPR student chapter collaborated with the Puerto Rico Metropolitan Bus Authority (AMA, for its name in Spanish) to test a new tool for evaluating the condition of bus stops and stations in the San Juan Metropolitan Area. In this project the students had the opportunity to work directly with the president of the AMA, transportation engineers, and other students from the University of Puerto Rico. Having the opportunity to work in a pilot project such as this helps the students to understand the complexities of mass transportation, the needs of the users, and the work required to provide safe and efficient transportation facilities.

    The President of the Metropolitan Bus Authority, Dr. Alberto Figueroa, instructs the students on the requirements for bus stops.
    The students learn to use the computer tool for evaluating bus stops.

    Upcoming events

    The ITE-PUPR student chapter is preparing activities that will help the student body to gain a better perspective of the transportation field. The activities will include field trips to various transportation modes. Be sure to visit this site again during the 2013-14 school year.



    Capítulo Estudiantil del Instituto de Ingenieros Civiles del Colegio De Ingenieros y Agrimensores de Puerto Rico (CEIIC)

    The Puerto Rico Board of Engineers and Land Surveyors (in Spanish Colegio De Ingenieros y Agrimensores de Puerto Rico, CIAPR) is the institution that regulates the practice of engineering and surveying in the island. All engineers have to be registered in the CIAPR to be able to practice engineering. The CEIIC Student Chapter was created to ease the transition between the university and the Board. This transition is made by promoting activities between university students and Board members in which the students become familiarized with the proceedings and expectations of the profession.

    The major benefit the students receive from CEIIC is the opportunity to attend CIAPR activities and conferences at reduced prices or sometimes free of charge. Also, the students meet with professionals that can help them expand their knowledge of the engineering profession and employment opportunities.

    CEIIC Directive 2012-2013

    President/ Luis M. Rivera Zendejas
    Vicepresident/ Kemuel Monroig Meléndez
    Secretary/ Stephanie Polanco Martínez
    Public relations/ Alexandra Báez Rivas
    Treasurer/ Crystal Matta Orama, Alexis Estronza Ojeda
    Vocals/ Jennifer Valle


    CEIIC Directive 2013-2014

    President/ Carlos González Álvarez
    Vicepresident/ Luis E. Reyes Ocasio
    Secretary/ Juan Agüero Hernández
    Treasurer/ Jesuel Soto Diaz
    Vocals/ José Madera, Moisés Roche

    Upcoming Events

    Please visit the site again at the start of the school year for an update of the activities calendar.



    Instituto de Ingenieros Ambientales del Colegio De Ingenieros y Agrimensores de Puerto Rico/Asociación Interamericana de Ingeniería Sanitaria y Ciencias del Ambiente (IIAM/AIDIS)

    The newest student chapter in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department was inaugurated in the Fall 2013 trimester when the first board of directives was elected. The main objective of this chapter is to serve as a liaison between the students and the two professional chapters that it represents.

    Right away, the students participated in their first congress, Afrontando el Desafío Energético de Puerto Rico, which was held on November 22, 2013 at the Polytechnic University Theater. The students had the opportunity to interact with professionals in charge of developing sustainable energy for Puerto Rico.

    Members of the IIAM/AIDIS student chapter attend the congress, Afrontando el Desafío Energético de Puerto Rico, November 22, 2013. Rachell Morales, Jesuel Soto and Amanda Rodriguez.

    IIAM/AIDIS Student Chapter Directive 2013-2014

    President, Jesuel Soto Diaz
    Vicepresident, Rachell Morales
    Secretary, Idalisse Saldaña Piñero
    Treasurer, Widallys Collazo
    Activities Coordinator, Carolina de Jesús
    Vocals, José Lugo Figueroa, Zoraida Fantauzzi and Amanda Rodríguez





  • Current Students
  • Professional Development Program
  • Professional Development Program in Transportation Infrastructure Inspection PUPR/ACI

    Principal investigator: Gustavo E. Pacheco Crosetti, PhD, PE
    Co-Principal investigator: Amado Vélez Gallego, MS, PE
    Consulting Faculty: José Borrageros Lezama, MS, PE

    • Students 2012/2013:
    • Juan A. Echagaray Romero
    • Edwin R. Freire Burgos
    • Edna N. Gómez Rosario
    • Silvio R. Martinez Jerez
    • Carlos M. Mateo Ortiz (graduate)
    • Jorge I. Reyes Ortiz (graduate)
    • Students 2011/2012:
    • Reisaac Colón Martínez
    • Jorge L. González Amaya (graduate)
    • Jonathan Herrera Roldán
    • Carlos M. Mateo Ortiz (graduate)
    • Andrea A. Merejo Alejo (graduate)
    • Carlos E. Ortiz Vázquez


    • Students 2010/2011:
    • Jorge González (graduate)
    • Hector Martinez
    • Carlos Otero
    • Erik Rivera
    • Yamayra Rodriguez (graduate)
    • Edwin Toledo
    • Students 2009/2010:
    • Carlos Alvarez (graduate)
    • Hector Martinez
    • Carlos Otero
    • Erik Rivera
    • Josué Rivera (graduate)
    • Yamayra Rodriguez


    • Students 2008/2009:
    • Glorielisa Gonzalez
    • Carlos Mateo
    • Josué Rivera (graduate)
    • Carlos Rodriguez
    • Gilberto Vigo
    • Félix Zurcher (graduate)
    • Students 2007/2008:
    • Carlos Cambrelén
    • Melvin Díaz
    • Carlos Mateo
    • Gisselle Márquez
    • Frances Tatis
    • Gilberto Vigo
    • Félix Zurcher (graduate)


    The Professional Development Program In Transportation Infrastructure Inspection is a cooperative agreement between Alternate Concepts Inc. and the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico.


    The Program has three principal objectives:
    • Stimulate the development of engineering students in the area of Transportation Infrastructure Inspection and Maintenance.
    • Develop an applied research process in the area of visual inspection, and propose possible improvements to the inspection, condition evaluation, and maintenance assessment processes of transportation facilities.
    • Perform an inspection and maintenance assessment program of the San Juan Railway System - Tren Urbano (TU) structures and drainage infrastructure.
    Program Stages
    • Formative Stage
    • Research and Development Stage
    • Inspection Stage
    • Evaluation Stage
    • Reporting Stage


    Formative Stage

    Students are trained through seminars and workshops in several topics:
    • Fundamentals of Inspection and Monitoring
    • Structural Failures, Damages, and Deterioration
    • Damage and Condition and Rating
    • Types of and Damages in:
      • RC Structures
      • Steel Structures
      • Retaining Walls
      • Earth Slopes
      • Drainage Infrastructure
      • Tunnel Facilities
    • Visual Inspection Procedures and Equipment
    • Safety
    • TU Infrastructure
    • Condition Assessment and Rating
    • Documentation and Reporting of Findings


    Research and Development Stage

    Students have to perform extensive literature review on visual inspection procedures and condition assessment rating around the world, and propose improvements in all the stages of the process:

    • Inspection procedures and equipment
    • Inspection forms
    • Infrastructure identification and location
    • Findings documentations
    • Assessment of the field conditions found through objective and quantitative rating scales
    • Required level of intervention according to obtained rating (i.e. routine maintenance, repair, replacement, among others), to support the establishment of priorities in the maintenance process.

    Inspection Stage

    The concepts learned in the previous stage are applied to different components of the TU infrastructure.

    Evaluation Stage

    The findings of the inspection are evaluated, and a condition rating is assigned (that helps decide the type of maintenance process required to assure adequate safety and operational conditions).

    Reporting Stage

    A detailed report of the findings and the assigned condition is developed. An evaluation of possible causes to the discovered findings, and recommended intervention are also provided.

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