Alejandro Giraldo Soto

Dr. -Ing, Dipl. UPM

Alejandro Giraldo Soto holds a PhD and MSc degree in Engineering of Structures, Foundations and Materials and he is a Civil Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM). Alejandro has an extensive professional experience, he is a specialist in structural engineering, a Postdoctoral research assistant at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, freelancer and co-founder of Fontis GS Group S.L. (Spanish company in the field of engineering, archaeology and technical training), where he develops the functions as technical adviser.

From 2004 to 2009, he worked in engineering and construction companies as a designer, supervisor on a construction site and also as a production manager in the execution of precast concrete industrial buildings (Conavinsa S.A.- Prainsa Group).

In 2010 he joined the Structural Concrete Research Group (GHE) of the UPM. Linked to the University, he carried out several research projects in the field of structural engineering, gave teaching support to the Chair of Reinforced Concrete and Prestressing of the civil engineering school of the UPM and also he was a professor of the Chair of Airport Concrete Structures in the Technical School of Aeronautics of the UPM. In parallel with the teaching and research activity, he developed numerous civil engineering projects through the Spanish companies Fontis GS Group S.L. and Fhecor Ingenieros Consultores S.L.

In 2014, he continued his professional career in Switzerland working as a structural engineer at Meichtry & Widmer AG and, in 2018, he joined the ETH Zurich as a researcher, in addition to practicing as a freelancer.

Professional and academic experience

  • 2018 – Postdoctoral research assistant. Chair for Concrete Structures and Bridge Design, Institute of Structural Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich (Switzerland)
  • 2014/2018 – Structural engineer. Meichtry & Widmer AG, engineering company (Switzerland)
  • 2012/2013 – Professor. Chair for Airport Concrete Structures at the Technical School of Aeronautics of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain)
  • 2011 – Member and secretary of the Spanish Mirror Group of the Horizontal Group-Bridges AEN-CTN-140 (Spain)
  • 2010 – Co-founder and technical adviser. Fontis GS Group S.L., engineering company (Spain)
  • 2010/2013 – Structural engineer (external). Fhecor Ingenieros Consultores S.L., engineering company (Spain)
  • 2010/2017 – Researcher. the Structural Concrete Group of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain)
  • 2008/2009 – Supervisor on a construction site. Apia XXI S.A., engineering company (Spain)
  • 2006/2008 – Production manager. Conavinsa S.A. – Prainsa Group, construction company (Spain)
  • 2005/2006 – Assistant Construction Manager. Ferrovial Agroman S.A., construction company (Spain)
  • 2004/2005 – Designer. Sertec Ingeniería S.L., engineering company (Spain)

Education

  • 2017 – PhD in Engineering of Structures, Foundations and Materials
    Polytechnic University of Madrid
  • 2011 – MSc in Engineering of Structures, Foundations and Materials
    Polytechnic University of Madrid
  • 2009 – Civil Engineering with specialized in structures and foundations
    Polytechnic University of Madrid

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