Andres Guerra

Teaching Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

andres-guerra Andres Guerra

Teaching Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Innovative approaches to educate CSM students about civil engineering applications in geotechnical and structural engineering, land development, construction practices, risk assessment, and optimization.


Chauvenet Hall 195
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  • PhD, Engineering Systems, Colorado School of Mines, 2008
  • MS, Engineering Systems, Colorado School of Mines, 2004
  • BS, Civil Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2002

Professional Experience

  • Teaching Professor, Civil & Environmental Eng., Colorado School of Mines,  August 2021-present
  • Teaching Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Eng., Colorado School of Mines, 2014-2021
  • Adjunct Faculty, Colorado School of Mines, 2009-2014
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Colorado Boulder, 2011
  • Structural Analyst, United States Bureau of Reclamation, 2005-2009
  • Professional Engineering (Colorado)

Courses Taught

  • CEEN 241 Statics (Fall 2009 through Current, Course Coordinator Spring 2014 to Current)
  • CEEN 415 Foundations (Fall 2011, Spring 2014, Fall 2014)
  • CEEN 331 Civil Engineering Field Session (Summer 2009 through 2014)
  • EBGN 325 Applications for Operations Research (Fall 2009, Fall 2010)
  • University of Colorado at Boulder, Fall 2011, CVEN 5728 Advanced Foundation Design

Other Affiliations

  • Chair, CEE DI&A Committee
  • Chair, Mines Latinx Community Alliance
  • Chair, ASCE Concrete Canoe Committee
  • SHPE advisor track planning committee
  • Faculty Advisor for the Mines Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Honors, Recognition & Achievements

  • Martin Luther King Jr Award – (campus award) 2020

  • W.M. Keck Mentorship Award – (campus award) 2018

  • SHPE Region 3 Advisor of the Year award – 2018

  • Excellence in Civil Engineering Education Fellow (2015)

  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Minority Engineering Program, Colorado School of Mines (2012-2013, 2013-2014)

  • Colorado School of Mines Women’s Volleyball Professor Appreciation (2010, 2012,2014,2015,2016,2018,2020)

  • Bureau of Reclamation Star Award for superior performance rating (2005, 2006, and 2007)

  • United States Air Force Academy Water Polo Academic All-American (1999)

Research Interests

  • Design of reinforced concrete using mixed integer nonlinear programming^M
  • Energy efficient building design^M
  • Optimization for Energy and Renewable Energy Implementation^M
  • Advanced Explosive Processing
  • Supply chain management
  • Experimental design and verification of explicit solution methods^M
  • Explicit versus implicit solution methods for engineering systems^M
  • Optimal operating conditions for water treatment processes^M
  • Rapid development of tunnels for underground mines^M
  • Determining latitude and longitude by solution of a path of a Gnomons shadow^M
  • Optimization for construction and shape of concrete dams^M
  • Optimal construction site layout for mass concrete placements

Selected Publications

  • Guerra, A. Petr, V., and Griffiths, D.V. (2013). “Radial Fractures in Rock Under the Action of Explosives,” 6th International Conference on Discrete Element Methods, August 5-6, Golden, Colorado.

  • Guerra, A., A. Newman, and S. Leyffer (2011). “Concrete Structure Design Using Mixed-Integer Nonlinear Programming with Complementarity Constraints.” SIAM Journal on Optimization, 21(3): 833-863.

  • Guerra, A., Kiousis, P.D. (2006) “Design Optimization of Reinforced Concrete Structures,” Computers and Concrete. 3, 5. 313.