Gustavo Cortes

Gustavo Cortes Dr. Gustavo Cortes

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering

Office: GLSK 0160
Phone: (903) 233-3937
Fax: 903-233-3901
Email: GustavoCortes@letu.edu
Webpage: www.letu.edu/people/GustavoCortes



  • Post-doctorate, Steel Structures, Swiss Institute of Technology (EPFL), 2011
  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 2009
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, 2006
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, 2003

University Faculty Since 2011


Research Interests

  • Disproportionate collapse of structures, housing alternatives for developing countries, structural analysis and design, earthquake engineering, cyclic behavior of assemblies, performance-based design, seismic vulnerability of existing structures and large scale testing.


Previous Research

  • Research Engineer, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland. Seismic Behavior of Storage Tanks (analytical and experimental work). Research Objectives:
    • Study the low-cycle fatigue behavior of shell-to-base connections in tanks analytically and experimentally
    • Verify current Eurocode-8 provisions and propose new specifications for the rotation limit of the shell-to-base connection of unanchored steel tanks subject to earthquake motion.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA. Design and Behavior of Steel Slit Panel Frames for Lateral Resistance of Frames in Zones of High Seismicity. Research Objectives:
    • Study the Steel Slit Panel system (analytically and experimentally) to determine its strength, stiffness, and buckling capacity
    • Study the panel-frame interaction (analytically and experimentally)
    • Provide design recommendations
    • Design prototype buildings
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, PR, USA. Earthquake Induced Damage Estimation for Steel Buildings in Puerto Rico. Research Objectives:
    • Study typical steel buildings in Puerto Rico
    • Estimate damage for different earthquake scenarios
  • Research Structural Engineer, U.S. Army Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, MS, USA Stability analysis of gravity dams via development of an in-house code in the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory Development of a finite element model of the gates of a dam system
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez, PR, USA Development of guideline procedures for the rehabilitation of housing and buildings in Puerto Rico

Link to Dr. Gustavo Cortes' Publications and Honors