Fernando Gutiérrez Urzúa



Luis Fernando is a Research Student working on the development of innovative design and retrofit schemes that can improve the response of steel structures, while protecting the non-structural components, by using dissipating devices. His current work includes experimental and analytical approaches, therefore, he aims to develop calibrated analytical models that can accurately describe the behaviour of steel buildings considering the effect of having masonry infills and the contribution of a BRBs retrofit scheme. He is currently sponsored by the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT).

From 2012 to 2018, he worked as a Structural Engineer in Mexico, where he participated in the structural design of a wide variety of steel, concrete and masonry-based buildings. Most of his expertise as structural designer was in the development of touristic infrastructure in Mexico, Central-America and The Caribbean. He also worked as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), where he taught the "Reinforced Concrete Design" and "Structural Systems" courses.

He did his undergraduate studies in Civil Engineering at the University of Guadalajara and the University of Alberta, under the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Programme. Later, he pursued the MSc in Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management at University College London, sponsored by the Chevening Programme and BP (formerly, British Petroleum).