Alvaro Jaramillo-Suarez, P.E., F.ASCE, a structural design engineer with 27 years of continual design practice in New Jersey, Texas, and Colombia, has been elevated to the status of Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Jaramillo-Suarez is currently the senior civil structural engineer with TechnipFMC, in Houston. He has led and participated extensively, as both a structural and project engineer, on large projects for the oil, gas, petrochemical, coal, mining, hydroelectric, water supply, and buildings and infrastructure industries in the United States, Canada, Colombia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, India, Malaysia, and South Korea.
During his career, he has worked for first-caliber international companies like TechnipFMC, CB&I, Wood Group, Axis Design Group International, and Ingetec S.A., playing key roles in the design of major structures. As lead civil structural engineer, he has supervised or designed important structures for such projects as Big West (California), Williams Expansion (Louisiana), Tesoro Benzene (Alaska), Nova Chemical Gas (Canada), Cairn Rajasthan (India), OCI Company (South Korea), Kuala Lumpur Centre Building (Malaysia), and Cerro Matoso Ferronickel Plant, San Rafael Hydroelectric, and Bogotá-Villavicencio Highway Projects, in Colombia.
Recently Jaramillo-Suarez worked on the $6 billion Chevron Phillips USGC Polyethylene Project in Texas, where he was in charge of the complex underground systems of the plant, and for the planning, design, and procurement of the occupied buildings. This EPC project is a world-scale polyethylene plant for the production of 1,000 KMTA, and represents the state-of-the-art in design and construction for such plants. The new facility will open in 2017 as the most modern plant of its type in the United States.
Jaramillo-Suarez is an active member of the Structural Engineering Institute, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, Colombian Association of Earthquake Engineering (AIS), and Colombian Association of Structural Engineers, and a former member of the American Institute of Steel Construction, American Welding Society, American Concrete Institute, Construction Institute, International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures, and Colombian Society of Engineers. As Member of AIS, he participated in the revisions of Chapter F.2 “Design of Steel Structures made with Hot Rolled, Built-Up and Tubular Sections” for the 2010 Colombian Seismic Resistant Code (NSR-10), Chapter F.3 of NSR-98, and Chapter A.10 “Design of Steel Bridges” of the 1995 Colombian Bridge Seismic Design Code (CCDSP-95).
He has also been an associate professor of structural and industrial engineering at Universidad de Los Andes, Universidad del Norte, and Escuela Colombiana de Ingenieria, as well as a lecturer at national and international seminars and a writer of published technical papers.
Jaramillo-Suarez received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Universidad del Norte in 1990 and his master of science degree in structures from Universidad de los Andes in 1995, in Colombia. He is currently a professional engineer in the state of Texas.