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Faculty Profile

 


DR. ALBERTO GOMEZ-RIVAS

Professor and Coordinator for the Structural Analysis & Design Program

 

Email: gomez-rivasa@uhd.edu
Office: 713-North
Phone: 713-221-8579

 

Structures Laboratory

 


Biography

Dr. Gomez-Rivas was a Research Engineer at The University of Texas, Austin when the Civil Engineering Department was developing testing laboratories at the Balcones research Center today J.J. Pickle Research Center. His responsibility was to design and build testing equipment for research in structures. His main resource was an immense field storing scrap equipment from WW II. There were tanks, machine guns, cranes, airplanes and all sorts of military equipment. At the beginning of a project, he went to the dump and selected pieces of equipment that properly modified could be used to build testing facilities. At UT he obtained his first PhD in Civil Engineering. Some years later he was testing Engineer for Kaiser Aluminum in San Francisco CA, where his tasks was to test transmission towers to failure. Later on, he was awarded his second PhD Economics  at Rice University. And many years later he joined to the Structural Analysis and Design program. At UHD he has developed laboratories with grants from NSF for structures and fire protection. He teaches courses in structural engineering and fire protection engineering.

Education

Ph.D., Economics, from Rice University, Houston, Texas 1979.

M.A., Economics, from Rice University, Houston 1976.

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, from the University of Texas, Austin, Texas 1968.

M.S., Structural Engineering, from the University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois 1962.

B.S., Civil Engineering, Xavier University, Bogotá, Colombia 1958.

Work History

Professor of Engineering, University of Houston-Downtown, 1996 through present.

Department Chair, Engineering Technology, University of Houston-Downtown, 1997 through 2008.

Associate Professor, University of Houston-Downtown, 1991 through 1995.

Alberto Gomez-Rivas and Associates, Owner, 1980 through 1990.
   Consultants providing services to transfer advanced technologies from the United States to Latin American countries.

Executive Economist Consultant, Control Data Corporation, Minneapolis, Minnesota 1968 through 1980.

Project Engineer, Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade and Douglas Inc., San Francisco CA, 1965 through 1967.

Structural Engineer, Kaiser Aluminum, Oakland, CA, 1967/1968.

Research Engineer, University of Texas, Austin, Texas. 1963 through 1965.

Chief Bridge Engineer, Ministry of Public Works, Bogota, Colombia. 1963.

Bridge Engineer, Ministry of Public Works, Bogota, Colombia. 1962.

Honors and Awards

Fulbright Scholar, Graduate studies at The University of Illinois and MIT,  1959 - 1961.

National Science Foundation, Sponsored Researcher, 1992-1994.

Field of Specialization

Structural Engineering, Fire Dynamics, Economics, and Robotics.

Publications

Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, and Pincus, G., Safety and Fire Engineering Technology: Meeting Societal Needs Proceedings, 2 nd Asia-Pacific Forum on Engineering and Engineering Technology Education, Sydney, Australia, July 4-7, 1999, pages 353-356.

Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, and Pincus, G., Application of New Technologies in Engineering Technology Education, Proceedings, International Conference on Engineering and Computer Education, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. August 11-14, 1999.

Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, and Pincus, George, Development of New Programs in Engineering Technology Education Driven by Community Needs, Proceedings , Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE99), San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 11-13, 1999.

Castillo, Max, Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, Pincus, George, and Weidmer, German, International Partnerships: Opportunities and Challenges, presented and published in Proceedings, 25th Anniversary Conference for Industry & Education Collaboration (CIEC) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Orlando, Florida, January 31 to February 4, 2000.

Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, and Pincus, George, Sharing State-of-the-Art Technology Between a U.S. and a Mexican University, published in Proceedings, 2nd Global Congress on Engineering Education, Wismar, Germany July 2-7, 2000.

Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, and Pincus, George, Engineering Technology Special Programs, Computer Applications in Engineering Education, Volume 8, Numbers 3 and 4, pp.185-190, October-December. 2000.

Lopez, Frank, Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, and Pincus, George, Adjunct Faculty Teaching Cutting-Edge Technology: Geomatics at the University of Houston-Downtown, presented and published in Proceedings Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration (CIEC 2001- CIEC Odyssey), San Diego, California, January 29 to February 2, 2001.

Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, and Pincus, George, Design of Engineering Technology Programs to Satisfy Local Needs, presented and published in Proceedings, Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration (CIEC 2001 – CIEC Odyssey), San Diego, California, January 29 to February 2, 2001.

Castillo, Max, Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, Pincus, George, and Weidmer, German, An International University to University Collaborative Project, presented at the Fourth International Meeting of HACU (Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities), March 4-8, 2001. Also, published in Proceedings.

Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, Feng, Weining, Groendyke, Gilbert, and Pincus, George, Community Oriented Programs and Student Success in Engineering Technology, presented and published in Proceedings, International Conference on Engineering and Technology Education, Santos, Brazil, March 17-20, 2002.

Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, and Pincus, George, Structural Analysis and Design: A Distinctive Engineering Technology Program, presented and published in Proceedings, ASEE 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada, June 16-19, 2002.

Feng, Weining, Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, and Pincus, George, Engineering Technology Laboratory for Structural Control of Structures, presented and published in Proceedings ASEE 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal , Canada, June 16-29, 2002.

Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, and Pincus, George, A Focused Engineering Technology Program: Structural Analysis and Design, presented and published in Proceedings Third Global Congress on Engineering Education, Glasgow, Scotland , June 30 to July 3, 2002.

Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, Groendyke, Gilbert, Feng, Weining, and Pincus, George, Engineering Technology: Programs and Success Stories at the University of Houston-Downtown, presented and published in Proceedings, 2002 ASEE/SEFI/TUB International Colloquium Global Changes in Engineering Education, Berlin, Germany, October 1-4, 2002.

Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, and Pincus, George, Teaching GPS/GIS to Engineering Technology Students, presented and published in Proceedings, ASEE 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, June 22-25, 2003.

Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, and Pincus, George, Integration of Class and Laboratory in Engineering Technology, presented and published in Proceedings, ASEE 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, June 22-25, 2003.

Feng, Weining, Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, and Pincus, George, Control and Signal Processing in a Structural Laboratory, presented and published in Proceedings, International Conference on Engineering Education, ICEE 2003, Valencia, Spain, July 22-26, 2003.

Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, and Pincus, George, Class and Laboratory Synergy in Engineering Technology, presented and published in Proceedings, International Conference on Engineering Education, ICEE 2003, Valencia, Spain, July 22-26, 2003.

Sheinberg, Edward R., Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, and Pincus, George. Meeting Community Needs: Safety and Fire Engineering Technology Program, presented and published in Proceedings, ASEE 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, June 20-23, 2004.

Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, and Pincus, George, Fire Models in Engineering Technology Education, accepted for presentation and publication in Proceedings International Symposium IGIP/IEEE/ASEE, Fribourg, Switzerland, September 27-30, 2004.

Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, and Pincus, George, Applications of GPS/GIS in Engineering Technology Education, accepted for presentation and publication in Proceedings 2005 CIEC Conference ETD 11-1 February 4-7, 2005, Savannah, Georgia.

Tito-Izquierdo, Jorge, Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, and Pincus, George, Teaching Modern Concrete Technology at the University of Houston-Downtown, presented and published in Proceedings, ASEE 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon, June 12-15, 2005.

Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, Sheinberg, Ed, and Pincus, George, Teaching Fire Science and Technology Using Computer Fire Models, presented and published in Proceedings, 2006 CIEC Conference, San Antonio, TX, January 25- 27, 2006.

Tito-Izquierdo, Jorge, Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, Pincus, George, and Ramirez, Fabian, Behavior of a Simple Supported Post-tensioned Beam under Ultimate Loads, presented and published in Proceedings, XXIII SECTAM Conference, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, May 21-23, 2006.

Feng, Weining, Tito-Izquierdo, Jorge, Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, and Pincus, George, An Experiment Based Structural Dynamics Course for Engineering Technology Students, presented and published in Proceedings, 2006 ASEE Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, June 18-21, 2006.

Tito-Izquierdo, Jorge, Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, and Pincus, George, Effective use of Technology Teaching Structural Analysis and Design, presented and published Proceedings, 2006 ASEE Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, June 18-21, 2006.

Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, and Pincus, George, Student Automobile Engines Used in Applied Thermodynamics Laboratory, presented and published in Proceedings 2007 ASEE Annual Conference, Conference, AC 2007-35, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 2007.

Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, and Pincus, George, Development and Implementation of a General Course on Analysis of Engineering Networks, presented and published in Proceedings 2008 CIEC Conference, New Orleans, LA, February 13-15, 2008.

Gomez-Rivas, Alberto, Pincus, George, and Sheinberg, Ed, Fire Protection and Safety Management: Two Partnership Programs, accepted for presentation and publication in Proceedings 2008 ASEE Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, June 22-25, 2008.

 

 

 

 

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