Felipe J. Acosta, Ph.D., PE

           Professor
           Director of the Construction Materials and
          Structures Laboratories
           Department of Civil Engineering and Surveying
           University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus
           Call Box 9000
           Mayaguez, PR 00681-9000
           Phone: (787) 832-4040 ext. 3392
           Fax:  (787) 833-8260
           Email: felipe.acosta1@upr.edu

Education

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Ph.D in Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, December 1999

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MS in Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, December 1994

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BS in Civil Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus (RUM), June 1993

Other Related Experience

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US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering Research and Development Center, ERDC-UPRM Summer Program, Information Technology Laboratory, May 25 to August 8, 2014

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NASA Summer Faculty Fellowship Program, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, June 8 to August 11, 2006.

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NASA Summer Faculty Fellowship Program, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, June 7 to August 20, 2004.

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NASA Summer Faculty Fellowship Program, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, June 2 to August 8, 2003.

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Invited Lecturer, Technology Transfer Center, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, Fall 2000 to present

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Engineer in Training, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), As part of GEM M.S. Fellowship, July 1993 to August 1993, and July 1994 to September 1994.

State Registration

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Puerto Rico: PE Certificate Number 19416

Honors/Awards

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Undergraduate Research Assistant, RCMS (Research Career for Minority Scholars)

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Member of TAU BETA PI (National Engineering Honor Society)

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GEM Fellowship, MS and Ph.D.

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Participation in the NSF National Conference, "Diversity in the Scientific and Technological Workforce", September 24-27, 1992, Washington D. C.

Research Interests

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Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP) for infrastructure

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Durability of FRP

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Application of recycled rubber in construction

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Finite element analysis of Structures

Research Projects

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Creación de Preprocesador y Postprocesador De Los Programas Nlsoil3, Nlsoil5, Zapel Y Pile3d En Ambiente Gráfico De MS Windows, Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority, November 2002 to December 2003.

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Determinación De La Vulnerabilidad De Estructuras Sometidas A Desastres Naturales, Puerto Rico Insurance Commissioner, August 2003 to July 2007.

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Long-term Performance of Concrete-Filled Fiber Reinforced Polymeric Tubes, Sponsored by the Puerto Rico NSF EPSCoR Faculty Initiation Grant Program, January 2004 to December 2005.

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Environmental Effects on Deformation, Strength, and Degradation of Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymers: A Micromechanics-Based Study, Army Research Office, October 2006 to April 2010.

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State-of-Practice on the Dynamic Response of Structures Strengthened with Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRPs), US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering Research and Development Center, 2012.

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Bioinspiring Systems for Energy Dissipation (Paddlefish), US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering Research and Development Center, April 2015 to April 2016.

Professional Associations

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American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

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American Concrete Institute (ACI) (440 Committee Member)

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American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) (D30 Committee Member)

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Colegio de Ingenieros y Agrimensores de Puerto Rico (CIAPR)

Courses

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Civil Engineering Materials (INCI 4035)

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Structural Analysis I (INCI 4021)

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Structural Analysis II (INCI 4022)

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Matrix Structural Analysis (INCI 5018)

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Finite Element Analysis of Structures (INCI 6018)

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Analysis of Structures of Composite Materials  (INCI 6023)

Publications

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Pabon, E., Otero, Y., and Acosta, F., STATE-OF-PRACTICE ON THE DYNAMIC RESPONSE OF STRUCTURES STRENGTHTENED WITH FIBER REINFORCED POLYMERS (FRP), Final Report, US Army Corps of Engineering, ERDC/CERL TR, submitted September 2013.

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Godoy, L, Mondragón, V., Pando, M., and Acosta, F. (2013) “Stress redistributions in unit cells of fibre-reinforced polymer composites with interface degradation,” Int. J. Microstructure and Materials Properties, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 185-206.

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Acosta, F., Godoy, L., and Pando, M. Environmental Effects on Deformation, Strength, and Degradation of Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymers: A Micromechanics-Based Study, Final Report, Department of Defense, Army Research Office, Grant 51936-EV-H, submitted May 2010.  

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Luis A. Godoy, Ma. Victoria Mondragón, Miguel A. Pando, Felipe J. Acosta (2008) “Micromechanical Behavior of Composites with Micro Damage” (In Spanish), Mecánica Computacional, Vol XXVII, Alberto Cardona, Mario Storti, Carlos Zuppa. (Eds.), pp. 1253-1265, ISSN 1666-6070

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Obando, J.C., Pando, M. A., Godoy, L.A., and Acosta, F. J. (2009) "ASSESSMENT AT THE MACRO AND MICRO LEVEL OF THE HYGROTHERMAL DEGRADATION OF GLASS FIBER REINFORCED POLYMER MATERIALS," i>Proceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE2009), Accepted for Publication

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Luis A. Godoy, Ma. Victoria Mondragón, Miguel A. Pando, Felipe J. Acosta (2008) "COMPORTAMIENTO MICROMECANICO DE COMPUESTOS CON MICRO DAÑO," Mecánica Computacional, Vol XXVII, Alberto Cardona, Mario Storti, Carlos Zuppa. (Eds.), pp. 1253-1265, ISSN 1666-6070

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Mondragón, V, Godoy, L., Pando, M., and Acosta, F. (2008) "Stress Redistributions In Unit Cells of Fiber-Reinforced Composites With Interface Degradation," Proceedings SAMPE Fall Technical Conference and Exhibition, Gibson, R., Gianaris, N. J., Lucht, B., and Beckwith, S. W., Eds., ISBN 978-1-934551-04-02 (CD)

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Acosta, F., Pando, M., and Suárez, L. (Eds.) Developments in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Volume XXIII, Proceedings of the 23rd Southeastern Conference on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Mayagüez Resort and Casino, May 21-23, 2006, Published in 2007.

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Acosta, Felipe J., Silva, Walter, and González, Hiram. (2008) "Construction of Concrete Canoe: A Multidisciplinary Learning Project in Civil Engineering," Dimensión Ingeniería y Agrimensura CIAPR, Año 22, Vol. 1, pp. 15-20.

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Acosta, Felipe J., Santos, Jeannette, Suarez, O. Marcelo, and Pando, Miguel A. (2007) “Raising Awareness on Materials Recycling using Undergraduate Engineering Research,” International Journal of Environment and Pollution, Vol. 31, No. 3/4, pp. 325-341.

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"Lammoglia, V., Acosta, F., Pando, M., Cain, J., Lesko, J., and Case, S. (2006) "Durability Considerations of Concrete-Filled Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (CFFRP) Tubes Subjected to Prolonged Hugrothermal Conditions," 7th International Conference on Durability of Composite Systems, Blacksburg, VA, September 10-13, 2006. "

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Davila, J., Lammoglia, V., Acosta, F., and Pando, M. (2006) "COMPRESSIVE STRESS-STRAIN BEHAVIOR OF CONCRETE WITH VARIABLE CONFINEMENT", Development in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, M. Pando, F. Acosta, L. Suarez, eds., Vol. 23. "

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Cain, J., Santiago, K., Case, S., Lesko, J., Pando, M., Acosta, F. (2006) "The Effect of Hy-grothermal Aging on Cylindrical E-glass/Epoxy Composites", Development in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, M. Pando, F. Acosta, L. Suarez, eds., Vol. 23.

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Ruiz, M. E., Pando, M. A. y Acosta, F. J. (2005). “Non-Linear Finite Element Analysis of Concrete-Filled FRP Composite Piles” (In Spanish), Revista Internacional de Desastres Naturales, Accidentes e Infraestructura Civil, ISBN: 1535-0088, 5(2), pp. 163-176.

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López, R., Godoy, L., Acosta, F. J., Guevara, J., Lluch, J. F., Martinez Cruzado, J. A., Pagan Trinidad, I., Pando, M., Saffar, A., and Wendishansky (2005) “Estimating Damage Caused by Natural Hazards for the Insurance Industry in Puerto Rico,”Dimensión Ingeniería y Agrimensura CIAPR, Año 19, vol. 3.

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López, R., Godoy, L., Acosta, F. J., Guevara, J., Lluch, J. F., Martinez Cruzado, J. A., Pagan Trinidad, I., Pando, M., Ramos, R., Saffar, A., Suárez, L. E., Wendishansky, D., and Zapata, R. (2005) “Estimating Natural Hazards Damage for the Insurance Industry in Puerto Rico,” Third LACCEI International Latin American and Caribbean Conference for Engineering and Technology  “Advanes in  Engineering and Technology”, 8-10 June 2005, Cartagena de Induas, Colombia.

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Acosta Costa, F. J. (2004) “Mechanical Characterization of a Multifunctional Composite Material and the Preliminary Design of a Lunar Habitat,” Final Report, NASA Faculty Fellowship Program.

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Ruiz, M., Pando, M., and Acosta, F. J. (2004). “Non-Linear Finite Element Analysis of Concrete-Filled FRP Composite Piles,” Developments in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Mafuz, H. and Hosur, M., eds., Publisher, Tuskegee, AL, Vol. 22, pp. 352-361.

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Acosta, F. J. and Roman Pagan, Juan A. (2004). “Probabilistic Assessment of the Mechanical Properties of a 3D-Braided Pultruded Fiber-Reinforced Polymer,” Second LACCEI International Latin American and Caribbean Conference for Engineering and Technology  “Challenges and Opportunities for Engineering Education, Research and Development”, 2-4 June 2004, Miami, Florida, USA

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Acosta, F. J. and Santos, Jeannette (2004). “Research Experience for Undergraduate Students and the use of Recycled Polymers and Rubbers in Concrete,” Second LACCEI International Latin American and Caribbean Conference for Engineering and Technology  “Challenges and Opportunities for Engineering Education, Research and Development”, 2-4 June 2004, Miami, Florida, USA

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Muract, J. and Acosta, F. J. Final Report, WINZAPEL:  Pre and Postprocessors for ZAPEL.  A Program for the Analysis of Beams on Elastic Foundations, User’s Manual, Submitted to ACT, February 2004, pages 103

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Muract, J. and Acosta, F. J., Final Report, WINPILE3D: Pre and Postprocessor for PILE3D.  A Program for the Analysis of the Load Distributions in Pile Groups, User’s Manual, Submitted to ACT, February 2004, pages 73

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Acosta Costa, F. J. (2003). “Mechanical Characterization of a new material Developed for Radiation Shielding,” Final Report, NASA Faculty Fellowship Program.

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Acosta, F.J. (2002). “Reliability–Based Reduction Factors for Fiber-Reinforced Polymers,” Developments in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Kassab, A. J., et al., eds., Rivercross Publishing, Inc., Orlando, FL., vol. 21, pp. 335-342.

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Acosta F.J. (2002). “Mechanical Properties of Fiber-Reinforced Polymeric Bridge Decks”, Rehabilitating & Repairing the Buildings and Bridges of the Americas: Hemispheric Workshop for Future Directions, Wendichansky, D. and Pumarada, F., eds., ASCE Press, ISBN: 0-7844-0613-8, pp. 37-46.

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Acosta, F. J. (2001). “Analytical Verification of the Mechanical Properties of Fiber Reinforced Polymeric Bridge Decks” (In Spanish), Revista Internacional de Desastres Naturales, Accidentes e Infraestructura Civil, ISBN: 1535-0088, 1(2), pp. 141-155.

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Acosta, F. J., and Zureick, A. (2001). “Experimental Determination of the Mechanical Properties of Fiber-Reinforced Polymeric Bridge Decks” (In Spanish), Revista Internacional de Desastres Naturales, Accidentes e Infraestructura Civil, ISBN: 1535-0088, 1(1), pp. 3-20.

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Godoy, L., Caceres, A, and Acosta, F. (2001). “Composite Materials for Civil Infrastructure: Possibilities and Challenges” (In Spanish), Dimensión, CIAPR, 14(2), pp. 8-13

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Acosta Costa, F. J. (1999), Experimental Characterization of the Mechanical and Structural Properties of FRP Bridge Deck Components, Ph.D. Thesis, Georgia Institute of Technology. (Abstract)

Graduate Students

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Juan Román Pagán - M.E., Completed: May 2005, Origin: Puerto Rico, Project Title: "PROBABILISTIC-BASED DESIGN FACTOR FOR THE ELASTIC MODULUS OF A PULTRUDED COMPOSITE MATERIAL REINFORCED WITH A 3D BRAIDED PREFORM"

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John F. Dávila - M.S., Completed: February 2007, Origin: Colombia, Project Title: "Mechanical Properties of Concrete Filled-FRP Tubes under Axial Compressive Loading" (In Spanish).

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Ruth E. Román Batista - M.S., Completed: December 2009, Origin: Dominican Republic, Project Title: "Fatigue Strength of Composite Materials Considering Hygrothermal Degradation" (In Spanish).

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Victor A. Lammoglia - Ph.D., Completed: December 2011, Origin: Colombia,  Project Title:  "Durability of Concrete Filled FRP Tubes Subjected to Axial Compressive Loading".

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Valeria B. Santiago Morales - M.S., Expected Completion: Summer 2017, Origin:  Puerto Rico, Project Title: "3D FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS OF HORIZONTALLY FRAMED MITER GATES".

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Juan F. Andujar - M. Eng., Expected Completion: Summer 2017, Origin:  Puert Rico, Project Title: "Use of Recycled Polymeric Fibers Extracted From Tires in Concrete Mixes".