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RESEARCHERS

Francisco Aguirre Torrico
Docente Titular
Telf.: +591 (4) 42 68287
E-mail: faguirre@upb.edu 
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Studies
Doctor in Structural Engineering (Universidade de São Paulo - Brazil)
Master in Civil Production (Universidade Federal Fluminense - Brazil)
Specialist in Structural Engineering (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro - Brazil)
Degree in Civil Engineering (Fundação Universitaria da Região de Blumenau - Brazil)

Specialty
Specialist in the calculation of slender structures, pathology and reinforcement of structures, high resistance concretes, non-linear analysis of structures and numerical analysis of structures.
He has done numerical, analytical and experimetal research in Brazil for the sizing of high-strength concrete and metal elements, especially in slender structures.
Currently, he develops research works in materials, sizing of metal structures and pathology of structures.

Professional activity
Brasil
He has performed works of calculation of reinforced concrete structures for the company Rodacki Engenharia Ltda (1984-1985), calculation of metal structures in Teknica Engenharia e Construções Metálicas, Stalkonsult Asesoria e Projetos Ltda (1985-1989) and calculation of metal structures of oil platforms for Temag Engenharia-CENPES-Petrobras, Planave Engenharia-CENPES-Petrobras (1989-1992).
Bolivia
In the company A & T Ingeniería has made calculations and constructions of various works (1993-).
At the Bolivian Private University, he is Director of the Research Center for Materials and Civil Works - COMOC (2010-), Civil Engineering Career Manager (2008-), ICivil Magazine Editor (2010-), Full Professor (1997-) of the subjects of Reinforced Concrete I, Reinforced Concrete II and Metallic Structures. He was also a teacher of the Advanced Computer Aided Design, Special Structures and Foundation Engineering courses.
At the Universidad Mayor de San Simón he is a full professor at the FPVA (1996-) and is a former teacher at other universities in Bolivia.
He has made more than 20 research papers published in national and international journals and presented at various conferences.


Invited researcher
Ivette Echeverría Rojas
Chemical Engineer (Universidad Mayor de San Simón)
E-mail: echeverria.ivette@upb.edu

Studies
Diploma in Teaching in Higher Education: Competency-based Methodology (Universidad Católica Boliviana San Pablo, Bolivia)
Diploma in ICT and TAK Competencies for teachers in Higher Education (Universidad Católica Boliviana San Pablo, Bolivia)
Diploma in Environmental Management (Universidad Mayor de San Simón, Bolivia)
Bachelor in Chemical Engineering (Universidad Mayor de San Simón, Bolivia)

Areas of Interest
Analytical techniques for the evaluation of pollutants in water and soil.
Treatment of domestic and industrial wastewater.
Sustainable technologies for water purification.
Processes for water purification.
Safe reuse of treated wastewater.
Remediation of environmental matrices: water, air and soil
Management of the environment
Teaching in higher education in branches of environmental chemistry.

Skills
Taking and preservation of samples for the analysis of water for consumption and domestic and industrial wastewater.
Analysis of physicochemical quality in water: for human consumption, domestic and industrial wastewater.
Spectrophotometric techniques for quantitative analysis of chemical compounds.
Reagent dosing assays and experimental determination of design parameters for wastewater treatment (jar test).
Management of: ChemCad, Hysys, Surfer, Autocad, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe premier and Photoshop.
Management of Microsoft Office environment.
High Intermediate English Language Certification / Centro Boliviano Americano.

Professional development
Lecturer of Unit Operations I for the Environmental Engineering career at Simon I. Patiño University.
Research Assistant at the Water and Sanitation Environmental Center, C.A.S.A of the Faculty of Science and Technology at the Universidad Mayor de San Simón.

 


Invited Researcher
Andrés Germán Vallejos Balladares
Civil Engineer (Universidad Privada Boliviana)
E-mail: andresgvallejosb@gmail.com

Studies
Post graduated in Higher Education, Competency-based Methodology (Universidad Católica Boliviana)
Civil Engineering (Universidad Privada Boliviana)
Degree in Humanities (La Salle School)

Areas of Interest
Applications of Geographic Information Systems (ArcGIS, GRASS GIS, QGIS).
Programming and database management (Python, Fortran).
Configuration, calibration and validation of models.
Programming tools for analysis processes and decision making in the field of Civil Engineering.
Watershed management study, dams operation and evaluation of scenarios.
Analysis and interpretation of climate change and social scenarios.
Precipitation estimated by satellite and its validation

Skills
Analysis and preparation of data to use in hydrological studies using GIS programming and data processing in Python and Fortran. Process input data that allows to a hydrological model selected, properly validated, provide useful information for the management of dams and the evaluation of different scenarios.
Direction and control of constructive processes for height constructions.
Structural design, plumbing installations for buildings as of distribution/collection.
High Intermediate English Language Certification / Centro Boliviano Americano
Program management, CAD, SAP2000, PRESCOM, RAM, ETABS, SAFE and Microsoft Office.

 


Researcher Student
Laura Andrea Rosales Vargas
Civil Engineering subjects completed (Universidad Privada Boliviana)
E-mail: laurarosavar@gmail.com

Studies
Civil Engineering subjects completed (Universidad Privada Boliviana)
Degree in Humanities (La Salle High School)

Areas of Interest
Geographic Information Systems Application (ArcGIS)
Groundwater Simulation Software (MODFLOW)
Configuration, calibration and validation of hydrogeological models
Scenarios analysis and interpretation

Skills
Structural Software Management RAM-Elements, ETABS, SAP200, CYPECAD, SAFE
Management of Microsoft Programs
Management Autodesk Programs (AutoCAD, Civil 3D, REVIT)
Studies in the field of structural design
Advanced Management in English (ELASH-UPB) and Basic Level in Italian

 


Researcher Student
Laura Valentina Machicado Quiroga
Civil Engineering subjects completed (Universidad Privada Boliviana)
E-mail: lauramachicado@hotmail.com

Studies
Civil Engineering subjects completed (Universidad Privada Boliviana)
Degree in Humanities (Alemán Mariscal Braun High School)

Areas of Interest
Evaluation and design of Wastewater Treatment Plants.
Analytical techniques for the evaluation of pollutants in water and soil.
Treatment of domestic and industrial wastewater.
Sustainable technologies for water purification.
Management of the environment

Skills
Management of Structural Software RAM-Elements, ETABS, SAP200, CYPECAD, SAFE.
Management of Programs of the Microsoft line.
Management of programs of the Autodesk line (AutoCAD, Civil 3D, REVIT).
Studies in the field of structural design.
Taking and preservation of samples for the analysis of water for consumption and domestic wastewater
Analysis of physicochemical quality in water: for human consumption, domestic and residual waste.
Advanced Management in English (ELASH-UPB).
Medium-High German Level (Deustches Sprachdiplom B2 Niveau).

 


Researcher Student
Edgar Ignacio Rodríguez Villegas
Completed Civil Engineering subjects
E-mail: edgar1igna@gmail.com

Studies
Civil Engineering (Universidad Privada Boliviana)

Areas of Interest
Applications of Geographic Information Systems (ArcGis)
Management of HEC-RAS

Skills
Program management, CAD and SAP 2000
Management of ETABS, SAFE and HEC-RAS (basic)
Management Civil 3D
Level of English: Advance

 


Research-student
Jhonatan Enrique Ureña Camacho
Completed Civil Engineering subjects (Universidad Privada Boliviana)
E-mail: Jhon.Urca1994@gmail.com

Studies
Civil Engineering (Universidad Privada Boliviana)
Degree in Humanities (Instituto Salesiano Domingo Savio)

Areas of Interest
Applications of Geographic Information Systems (ArcGIS).
Programming and database management (Fortran).
Configuration, calibration and validation of hydrological models.

Skills
Analysis and preparation of data to use in hydrological studies using GIS programming and data processing in Fortran.
Process input data that allows to a hydrological model selected, properly validated, provide useful information for the management of dams and the evaluation of different scenarios.
Advanced management of Microsoft office programs
Management of CAD line programs
Management of ETABS, SAFE and SAP2000.

 


Research-student
Wilson Benjamin Soliz Terrazas
Completed Civil Engineering subjects (Universidad Privada Boliviana)
E-mail: andresgvallejosb@gmail.com

Studies
Civil Engineering (Universidad Privada Boliviana)
Degree in Humanities (Colegio Evangélico Metodista Instituto Americano)

Areas of Interest
Applications of Geographic Information Systems (ArcGIS).
Programming and database management (Fortran).
Configuration, calibration and validation of hydrological models.
Watershed management study, dams operation and evaluation of scenarios.
Analysis and re-desing of dams.

Skills
Analysis and preparation of data to use in hydrological studies using GIS programming and data processing in Fortran. Process input data that allows to a hydrological model selected, properly validated, provide useful information for the management of dams and the evaluation of different scenarios.
Program management, CAD and SAP2000
Management of ETABS, SAFE and HEC-RAS (basic).

 


Research-student
Mario Andrés Angulo Rivera
Completed Civil Engineering subjects (Universidad Privada Boliviana)
E-mail: maritoangulo2012@gmail.com

Studies
Civil Engineering (Universidad Privada Boliviana)
Degree in Humanities (Colegio La Salle)

Areas of Interest
Applications of Geographic Information Systems (ArcGIS).
Programming and database management (Fortran).
Configuration, calibration and validation of hydrological models.

Skills
Analysis and preparation of data to use in hydrological studies using GIS programming and data processing in Fortran.
 Process input data that allows to a hydrological model selected, properly validated, provide useful information for the management of dams and the evaluation of different scenarios.
Advanced management of Microsoft office programs
Management of CAD line programs
Management of ETABS, SAFE and SAP2000.
Advanced Management of Revit fromo Autodesk

 

FORMER COLLABORATORS

Researcher-student
Leo Lorenz Brito Fernandez  
Completed Civil Engineering subj

ects (Universidad Privada Boliviana)
E-mail: andresgvallejosb@gmail.com

Studies
Civil Engineering (Universidad Privada Boliviana)
Degree in Humanities (Unidad Educativa America)

Areas of Interest
Wastewater treatment  
Management an evaluation of water quality
Urban Sewerage
Global warming and climate change

Skills
Sampling and analyzing water quality parameters
Program management, CAD and SAP2000
Management of ETABS, SAFE and HEC-RAS (basic).
Communicative level of Portuguese


Invited researcher 
Adriana Villarroel Rivera
Civil Engineer (Universidad Privada Boliviana)
E-mail: adrianavillarroel22@gmail.com

Studies
Civil Engineering (Universidad Privada Boliviana)
Degree in Humanities (Colegio Loyola)

Areas of Interest
Characterization and operation of wastewater treatment technologies.
Management and evaluation of water quality.
Sustainable building construction.

Skills
Calculus of structural elements (beams, slabs and columns).
Advanced management of AutoCAD and CIVIL 3D.
Management of RAM Elements, ETABS, SAFE and SAP2000.
Management of Microsoft Office programs.
English management (High Intermediate English Language Certification / Centro Boliviano Americano)


Researcher-student
Hernan Santiago Ramirez Ortiz
E-mail: hernansro91@gmail.com

Education
Graduate in Civil Engineering (Universidad Privada Boliviana- Bolivia)
Degree in Humanities (Colegio Evangélico Metodista Instituto Americano)

Areas of Interest
Geographic Information Systems application.
Data base management and programing (Fortran).
Hydrological model simulation.
Integrated basin managing.

Skills
Studies in the areas of: buildings construction and design, geophysical studies (SEV), and sanitary and hydraulic works design.
Program use: Prescom, AutoCAD, SAP 2000, Cypecad.
Languages: English and Spanish.

 


Invited researcher
Ana Cecilia Escalera Rodriguez
E-mail: cecichi74.acem@gmail.com/cecichi_7@hotmail.com

Studies
Graduated in Civil Engineering (Universidad Mayor de San Simon – Bolivia)
Degree in humanities Colegio Secundario San Agustin)

Areas of interest
Integrated watershed resources management and simulation with the use of hydrological models
River Hydraulics
Analysis in Sediment Transport and erosion
Climate Change
Geographical Information Systems Management
Damn Design and Construction

Experience & Skills
Major in the field of Hydraulics, has worked in the Hydraulics Laboratory in the “Universidad Mayor de San Simon” university as investigator support in different projects that include meteorological gauges management, sediment and liquid flow measurement equipment management, sediment studies in high mountains rivers, hydrological studies in Andean basins, hydraulic river modeling and hydraulic models for dams implementation.
Actually, she is working for the Non-Governmental Organization “ATICA” for the program denominated “Risk and Disaster Reduction” financed by the Swiss Cooperation for Development COSUDE in Bolivia as hydrology engineer for the different projects that the program involves.

 


Invited researcher
Vanessa Gandarillas Rodriguez
Environmental Engineer
E-mail: vanegan87@gmail.com

Studies
MSc in Water Quality Management (UNESCO-IHE – The Netherlands)
Bachelor in Environmental Engineering (Universidad Católica Boliviana “San Pablo” – Bolivia)
Degree in humanities (Tiquipaya School)

Areas of interest
Integrated water resources management
Water Quality Management and Assessment
Environmental Planning and Implementation
Watershed and River Basin Management
Urban Drainage and Sewerage
Wastewater Treatment Processes and Plants
Decentralised Water Supply and Sanitation
Climate Change
Geographical Information Systems Management

Experience & Skills
Academic background in environmental engineering with specialization in water quality management, allowing a macro vision in integrated water resources management. Work experience and research in urban and peri urban areas related to watershed management, water quality monitoring systems, climate change, environmental impact assessment and irrigation systems.
Relevant experience in environmental impact assessment in micro irrigation and small dam projects, an important part dedicated to the evaluation and analysis of prevention and mitigation measures for conservation in the use of natural resources and the environment.
Efficient work in groups and individually, permanent disposition for learning, responsible, honest and respectful.
Fluent English (Toefl English Certificate) and advanced knowledge of geographic information systems (ArcGis 10).

 


Estudiante Investigador
Miguel Angel Valdivia Camacho
Egresado de la carrera Ingeniería Civil
Telf.: +591 (4)  401  8804
E-mail: mavaldiviacam@gmail.com

Estudios
Licenciatura en Ingeniería Civil (Universidad Privada Boliviana)
Bachiller en humanidades (Colegio La Salle – La Paz)

Áreas de interés
Aplicaciones de Sistemas de Información Geográfica (gvSIG, i3Geo).
Programación y evaluación de trenes en PTAR’s (WAWTTAR).
Análisis y modelación de sistemas de agua potable y alcantarillado.
Caracterización y operación de tecnologías de tratamiento.

Habilidades
Análisis y caracterización de agua potable y agua residual y preparación de información necesaria para su procesamiento, empleando Sistemas de Información Geográfica y programas de análisis de recursos hídricos. Procesamiento de datos de entrada que establecen escenarios para tecnologías aplicadas a plantas de tratamiento y sistemas adyacentes. Análisis de resultados para una gestión ambiental de diferentes escenarios.
Manejo del idioma Ingles en Nivel Avanzado (High English Program Certification / Centro Boliviano Americano)
Manejo del idioma Chino Mandarín en Nivel Básico (HSK 1, Hanban)
Manejo de programas CAD, ETABS, WAWTTAR, CIVIL3D.

 


Researcher-student
Samuel Alberto Ancalle Alcócer
Email: sancalle@gmail.com 

Studies
Graduated in Civil Engineering (Universidad Privada Boliviana– Bolivia)
Degree in humanities (Carachipampa Christian School)

Areas of interest
Integrated watershed resources management and simulation with the use of hydrological models
Geographical information systems management
Damn design and construction
Wood structures design
Experiments analysis and design

Skills
Major in the field of hydraulics, studies in the field of design and damn construction, analysis and experiment design.
Currently, he develops studies in analysis and integrated watershed resources management using Geomorphological Based Hydrological Model and creation of data base in GIS.

 

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