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Fernando Fagundo

Professor Emeritus Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering


the design, construction, evaluation, modification and supervision of engineering systems. He has been involved in all aspects of design and construction of systems in concrete, prestressed concrete, steel, masonry, and timber.

Dr. Fagundo has been in professional practice since 1972. He has served as Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Public Works of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority. He has served as President of the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority, Puerto Rico Ports Authority, Metropolitan Bus Authority, Urbanism Directorate, Traffic Safety Commission and the Public Building Administration. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rico Aqueducts and Sewer Authority, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and the Special Communities Administration. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Olympic Trust of Puerto Rico and. He has served as Chairman of the Infrastructure Committee of the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organization (CACSO – ODECABE in Spanish) and has been a member of Board of Directors of the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music.

He is a member of the Puerto Rico Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers, Construction Industry Codes and the Puerto Rico Building Code Revision Committee.

During 2006 and 2007 was in charge of Rehabilitation of Puerto Rico Public Schools

Management, Evaluation, Design and Inspection of 600+ Public Schools.

He has been a member of the Faculty at the University of Florida and at this time he is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Civil Engineering. He has also held faculty positions at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. Prior to entering professional practice he was a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force.

His research and teaching interests are in the areas of design of reinforced and prestressed concrete structural systems for the effects of dynamic loads. He has specialized in the design and construction of tall buildings and bridges.

He practices long distance bicycling and Tae Kwon Do (Black Belt 2nd Dan).

He holds a B.S.C.E. and an M.S.C.E. from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. A registered professional engineer in Puerto Rico and Florida, he is a member of the College of Engineers and Surveyors of Puerto Rico, ASCE, PCI and a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute. He has been inducted to the Academia Puertorriqueña de Ingenieria (Puerto Rico Academy of Engineering.

Research Area

Structural Engineering