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Vision Statement

I am convinced of the importance of ASCE involvement outside the U.S. and the need of working together with the international members in a global economy, to fulfill our social responsibilities, since our profession is the one called to improve the quality of life all over the world.

As an educator and cofounder of a School of Engineering I am concerned about the kind of preparation in values and technical matters we are giving to our students so they may build a better society; succeed in their jobs and become entrepreneurs of new engineering firms.

If elected I will focus my efforts in establishing close ties with the Sections in Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama and Colombia and the Groups in Brazil, Ecuador and Peru, and try to establish more Sections and Groups in other Latin American countries. In addition, I will encourage these Sections and Groups to work together with the national engineering societies in each of our countries to empower the initiatives of mutual benefit.

I will work toward getting all our civil engineering students to register as Student Members of ASCE, and creating as many ISG as we can to get them enthusiastic about our profession.

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  • Civil Engineer (5 1/2 years program) - National University of Colombia, Bogota, Colombia, 1964
  • Master of Science - Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1966
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1969


  • Cofounder and Professor, Escuela Colombiana de Ingenieria, Bogota: 1972-1986; 1997-present
  • Professor, National University of Colombia, Bogota, 1962-1964; 1971-1999
  • Professor, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, 1969-1972; 1974-1997
  • Consultant for more twenty engineering firms on concrete and steel structural designs, and development of software, 1969-1996
  • Partner and Technical Director for steel structures projects; Proyectos y Diseños Ltda., Bogota, 1994-1996
  • Design Engineer of concrete and steel structures; Consultecnicos Ltda., 1969-1972
  • Design Engineer of concrete structures; Gillermo Gonzalez Zuleta & Co., Bogota, 1964, 1973
  • Research Assistant and Research Associate, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1964-1969


  • Associate Member, 1965
  • Member, 1974
  • Fellow, 1984
  • Life Member, 2007
  • Vice President, Republic of Colombia Section, 1982-1985
  • President, Republic of Colombia Section, 1985-1988 and 2014
  • Appointed Governor, Region 10, 2014-2015


  • Founder and President of " Fundacion Regalo de Dios " a non for profit foundation to help children, students, senior citizens and handicapped people in economical need.