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Juan E. Quiroz, Ph.D., PE

Adjunct Faculty


228 Alumni Memorial Hall





Ph.D. Structural Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, 2013
M.S. Structural Engineering, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellín, Colombia, 2001
B.S. Civil Engineering, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellín, Colombia, 1998
Registrations: Professional Engineer, State of California


Dr. Quiroz has 22 years of experience as a project and design engineer on numerous projects involving
feasibility studies, analysis, design, preparation of construction drawings, review of contractor design and
submittals. These projects have included hydroelectric power plants, spillways, dams, navigation locks,
pumping stations, major underground facilities, retaining, water/wastewater conveyance structures,
penstocks, tunnels and shafts. He is also experienced with building structures, bridges, footings, tanks, and
most civil infrastructure.

Dr. Quiroz has extensive expertise on numerical analyses and earthquake engineering, ranging from staged
construction to non-linear dynamic Finite Element Analyses (FEA), including soil-structure interaction (SSI) for
heavy infrastructure. Dr. Quiroz is currently the structural group lead for the Energy & Infrastructure division
in Chicago and adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).


2015 “Top 20 under 40” by the ENR magazine

2000 “Alejandro Ángel Escobar” for the “Hydrological Balance of Colombia” project

Professional Society Memberships 

Member, American Institute of Steel Construction

Member, United States Society on Dams

Member, American Concrete Institute

Member, American Society of Civil Engineers


Design of Lock Gates under Seismic Actions. The World Association for Waterborne Transport
Infrastructure (PIANC). Working Group 151Publication, 2016.

Linear and Nonlinear Seismic Analysis for the Post Tensioning System Design of the Wanapum Dam
Spillway Monoliths. USSD, April, 2016.

A Structural Analysis Framework for Concrete Faced Rockfill Dams. International Journal of
Geomechanics, February, 2015.

Foundation and Structural Design of Lock Walls Founded on a Fault Zone. 7th International
Conference - Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering, April, 2013.

Absorbing Boundary Condition for Seismic Simulations in Panama Canal 3rd Set of Locks
Design. NAFEMS North America, September, 2012.

Finite Element Simulations for the Panama Canal 3rd Set of Locks Project. ABAQUS Central
Regional User’s Meeting, September, 2012.

Instrumented Test and Structural and Fatigue Analysis of Head Covers and Gates Operating Mechanism for Unit G24 of Grand Coulee Third Power Plant. Hydrovision, July, 2011.

Systematized Shear Flow and Warping Determination for Thin Walled Sections Under
Shear and Torsion Forces. Universidad Nacional de Colombia, April, 2001.

Interpolation's Methods for Hydrologic Parameters. Universidad Nacional de Colombia, April, 1998.