Friday, November 6, 2015

Dr. Julio Ramirez- History Maker of Today

Dr. Julio Ramirez is a professor of Civil Engineering in Structural Engineering at Purdue University. He received his D.Eng. at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in 1977, an M.S. from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1978 and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983.

Dr. Ramirez’s research includes the evaluation of load capacity of existing bridges, earthquake engineering, and hazard mitigation, and behavior of concrete members with epoxy coated steel. Much of his work has been incorporated into the new Bridge Design Manual of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). In addition, he has examined the Seismic evaluation of existing bridges, and the computer graphics in the analysis and design of concrete structures. Much of Dr. Ramirez’s work deals with the testing of full scale elements. Thus his interests are focused on material strength, Earthquake engineering, and durability of bridges with regard to their design.

Dr. Ramirez is the Operations Center Director of the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) at Purdue. NEES is the result of a 5-year cooperative agreement between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Purdue University. The NEES operations headquarters is currently at Purdue’s Discovery Park. Dr. Ramirez oversees 14 experimental sites of NEES that are dedicated to researching and solving earthquake engineering and tsunamis. Dr. Ramirez’s research and work with NEES demonstrate his passions for a future filled with safer, more efficient civil structures. He works with the NEES Community and Communications team, which includes partners from many universities including the University of Washington and the University of Michigan.

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