Academy of Distinguished Alumni

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Julio A. Ramirez

PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 1983
MS, University of Texas at El Paso, 1978
BS, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 1977

Julio Ramirez has had an outstanding career as a university educator, researcher, and NSF-center director. He has received numerous national and university awards for his teaching, research and service to professional organizations. 

Experiencing earthquakes as a child instilled a lifelong curiosity as to how people and buildings survive the earth’s tremors. He chose concrete as one of the three picks for an assistantship.  That choice and studying under the guidance of Professor John Breen were career door openers for Julio. Throughout his career, he has focused on shear response of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures.

He serves as the Chief Officer of the National Science Foundation funded George E. Brown Jr., Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) and Director of the NEEScomm Center headquartered at Purdue University.  The impact of NEES has been felt on the development of future earthquake engineering researchers as well as practicing engineers. Center partners include UT Austin, under the direction of co-PI Professor Ellen Rathje.

The community of NEES researchers, educators, and students encompasses a large group of universities, industry partners, and research institutions in the United States and abroad. Already, more than 4,000 citations of NEES work bear testimony to the efforts of the NEES community. To date, more than 400 multi-year, multi-investigator projects have been completed or are in progress at NEES sites. These projects have produced a wealth of valuable experimental data and continue to produce transformational research and outcomes that impact engineering practice from analytical models to design guidelines and codes.

In addition, Julio serves on code-writing committees and has testified before Congress this past July, emphasizing the crucial value of reinstating federal research funding devoted to mitigating earthquake damage to the nation’s infrastructure.