Gustavo Parra-Montesinos

C.K. Wang Professor of Structural Engineering

Room: 2205
Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 890-4960
gparra@engr.wisc.edu


Profile Summary

Professor Parra’s main research interests include the behavior and design of reinforced concrete, fiber reinforced concrete, and hybrid steel-concrete structures. In the past few years, Prof. Parra’s research has focused on structural applications of fiber reinforced concrete, with particular emphasis on earthquake-resistant construction as a means to simplify reinforcement detailing and increase deformation capacity. Applications investigated include structural walls, coupling beams, and beam-column and slab-column connections. Prof. Parra has also conducted research on shear behavior of reinforced concrete and fiber reinforced concrete members, as well as on bond between fiber reinforced concrete and either prestressing strands or reinforcing bars. Prof. Parra also led the effort that resulted in the incorporation, for the first time, of fiber reinforcement as minimum shear reinforcement in the 2008 ACI Building Code.

Professor Parra has received several professional awards, including the Charles S. Whitney Medal, the Wason Medal for Most Meritorious Paper and the Chester Paul Siess Award for Excellence in Structural Research from the American Concrete Institute (ACI); the Walter L. Huber Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); the Shah Family Innovation Prize from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI); and the ACI Young Member Award for Professional Achievement. Professor Parra is also a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute.

Professor Parra is member of several committees of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), including the ACI Building Code Committee 318 and ACI-ASCE Committee 352 on Joints in Monolithic Reinforced Concrete Structures. He is also Chair of the ACI Building Code Sub-Committee 318-J (Joints and Connections). In addition, he is past Chair of ACI Committee 335 on Composite and Hybrid Structures. Prof. Parra is also member of fib Task Group 8.3 on Fibre Reinforced Concrete.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Michigan, 2000

    M.S.E. in Civil Engineering, University of Michigan, 1997

    B.S. in Civil Engineering, Universidad Metropolitana, Caracas, Venezuela, 1994

Research Interests

  • Behavior and design of reinforced concrete and composite steel-concrete structures
  • Fiber reinforced concrete
  • Earthquake engineering

Awards, Honors and Societies

  • Charles S. Whitney Medal, For your experimental, analytical, design, and construction studies that led to the incorporation of strain-hardening, high-performance fiber-reinforced concrete (HPFRC) coupling beams in the design and construction of high-rise core-wall structures, American Concrete Institute, October 2014.
  • Wason Medal for Most Meritorious Paper, For your coauthored paper investigating the shear strength of concrete beams reinforced with steel fibers, American Concrete Institute, March 2012.
  • Chester Paul Siess Award for Excellence in Structural Research, for your coauthor paper on an experimental investigation of bond behavior of reinforcing bars embedded in various types of fiber reinforced cementitious (FRC) composites, American Concrete Institute, April 2011.

  • Top 25 Newsmaker of 2010, for research work on steel fiber reinforced concrete coupling beams, Engineering News Record, McGraw Hill Construction, April 2011.
  • Fellow, American Concrete Institute, 2010.
  • Walter L. Huber Research Prize, for research on frame and wall structural systems that opened new doors of perception and enabled use of strain-hardening fiber reinforced concrete, a highly effective composite, to improve the safety and behavior of connections and members subjected to intense shear force, American Society of Civil Engineers, May 2010.
  • Best Paper Award, 2009 ASCE Construction Research Congress, Seattle, presented to Zhenhua Zhu, Ioannis Brilakis, and Gustavo Parra-Montesinos for their manuscript entitled Real-Time Concrete Damage Visual Assessment for First Responders, April 2009.
  • Young Member Award for Professional Achievement, American Concrete Institute, for his pioneering work on earthquake applications for HPFRCC, his research and design work for composite structural systems, his service to ACI technical committees, and his mentoring and guidance of students, March 2006.
  • 1938E Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan (presented annually to one Assistant Professor in recognition of an outstanding teacher in both elementary and advanced courses, an understanding counselor of students who seek guidance in their choice of career, a contributor to the educational growth of his/her College, and a teacher whose scholarly integrity pervades his/her service to the University and the profession of Engineering), March 2006.
  • Shah Family Innovation Prize, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, In recognition of his outstanding research and innovative application of high-performance fiber-reinforced cement composites (HPFRCC) in earthquake-resistant structural systems, February 2005.

Publications

  • Wille, K., and Parra-Montesinos, G.J. (2012). \"Effect of Beam Size, Casting Method and Support Conditions on the Flexural Behavior of Ultra-High Performance Fiber Reinforced Concrete,\" ACI Materials Journal, Vol. 109, No. 3, pp. 379-388.

  • Dinh, H.H., Parra-Montesinos, G.J., and Wight, J.K. (2011). \"A Shear Strength Model for Fiber Reinforced Concrete Beams without Stirrup Reinforcement,\" Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 137, No. 10, pp. 1039-1051.

  • Wille, K., Naaman, A.E., and Parra-Montesinos, G.J. (2011). \"Ultra High Performance Concrete with Compressive Strength Exceeding 150 MPa (22 ksi): A Simpler Way,\" ACI Materials Journal, Vol. 108, No. 1, pp. 46-54.

  • Parra-Montesinos, G.J., Wight, J.K., and Setkit, M. (2010). \"Earthquake-Resistant Coupling Beams without Diagonal Reinforcement,\" Concrete International, American Concrete institute, Vol. 32, No. 12, pp. 36-40.

  • Dinh, H.H., Parra-Montesinos, G.J., and Wight, J.K. (2010). \"Shear Behavior of Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete Beams without Stirrup Reinforcement,\" ACI Structural Journal, Vol. 107, No. 5, pp. 597-606.

  • Cheng, M.-Y., Parra-Montesinos, G.J., and Shield, C.K. (2010). \"Shear Strength and Drift Capacity of Fiber Reinforced Concrete Slab-Column Connections Subjected to Bi-Axial Displacements,\" Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 136, No. 9, pp.1078-1088.

  • Cheng, M.-Y., and Parra-Montesinos, G.J. (2010). \"Evaluation of Steel Fiber Reinforcement for Punching Shear Resistance in Slab-Column Connections. Part I: Monotonically Increased Load,\" ACI Structural Journal, Vol. 107, No. 1, pp. 101-109.

  • Cheng, M.-Y., and Parra-Montesinos, G.J. (2010). \"Evaluation of Steel Fiber Reinforcement for Punching Shear Resistance in Slab-Column Connections. Part II: Lateral Displacement Reversals,\" ACI Structural Journal, Vol. 107, No. 1, pp. 110-118.

  • Chao, S.-H., Naaman, A.E., and Parra-Montesinos, G.J. (2009). \"Bond Behavior of Reinforcing Bars in Tensile Strain-Hardening Fiber Reinforced Cement Composites,\" ACI Structural Journal, Vol. 106, No. 6, pp. 897-906.

  • Parra-Montesinos, G.J., and Chompreda, P. (2007). \"Deformation Capacity and Shear Strength of Fiber Reinforced Cement Composite Flexural Members Subjected to Displacement Reversals,\" Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 133, No. 3, pp. 421-431.

Courses

Spring 2014-2015

  • CIVENGR 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • CIVENGR 340 - Structural Analysis I
  • CIVENGR 749 - Special Topics in Structural Engineering
  • CIVENGR 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • CIVENGR 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • CIVENGR 649 - Special Topics in Structural Engineering
  • CIVENGR 749 - Special Topics in Structural Engineering
  • CIVENGR 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • CIVENGR 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • Profile Summary

    Professor Parra’s main research interests include the behavior and design of reinforced concrete, fiber reinforced concrete, and hybrid steel-concrete structures. In the past few years, Prof. Parra’s research has focused on structural applications of fiber reinforced concrete, with particular emphasis on earthquake-resistant construction as a means to simplify reinforcement detailing and increase deformation capacity. Applications investigated include structural walls, coupling beams, and beam-column and slab-column connections. Prof. Parra has also conducted research on shear behavior of reinforced concrete and fiber reinforced concrete members, as well as on bond between fiber reinforced concrete and either prestressing strands or reinforcing bars. Prof. Parra also led the effort that resulted in the incorporation, for the first time, of fiber reinforcement as minimum shear reinforcement in the 2008 ACI Building Code.

    Professor Parra has received several professional awards, including the Charles S. Whitney Medal, the Wason Medal for Most Meritorious Paper and the Chester Paul Siess Award for Excellence in Structural Research from the American Concrete Institute (ACI); the Walter L. Huber Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); the Shah Family Innovation Prize from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI); and the ACI Young Member Award for Professional Achievement. Professor Parra is also a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute.

    Professor Parra is member of several committees of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), including the ACI Building Code Committee 318 and ACI-ASCE Committee 352 on Joints in Monolithic Reinforced Concrete Structures. He is also Chair of the ACI Building Code Sub-Committee 318-J (Joints and Connections). In addition, he is past Chair of ACI Committee 335 on Composite and Hybrid Structures. Prof. Parra is also member of fib Task Group 8.3 on Fibre Reinforced Concrete.


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