Gustavo Cortes

Dr. Gustavo Cortes

Gustavo Cortes

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering

Office: GLSK 0153
Phone: (903) 233-3937
Fax: 903-233-3901



  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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

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