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Andres Guerra, Ph.D., P.E.(Colorado)

  • Teaching Associate Professor
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Colorado School of Mines
    Golden, CO 80401


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Engineering Systems, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 2008
  • Advisors: Dr. Panos Kiousis and Dr. Alexandra Newman
  • Master of Science, Engineering Systems, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 2004
  • Bachelor of Science, Engineering(Civil), Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 2002

Teaching Interests

  • When teaching and advising engineering students, I aim to inspire in them a passion for the pursuit of new knowledge. I believe that engineering education is not just an exercise in learning how to solve a particular set of problems; it is also an opportunity for the students to develop, implement, and refine an approach that they can use to solve the world.s challenges. My passion for civil engineering, combined with my professional engineering experience and research, has led me to focus my teaching interests on courses in and related to structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, civil infrastructure design, and optimization of engineered systems. I am particularly interested in teaching statics, civil engineering field session, mechanics of materials, senior design, foundations, and in specialty undergraduate and graduate courses in civil and environmental engineering. I enjoy instructing both lower-level and upper level engineering courses because it presents the opportunity to work with students at all stages of their academic development from learning engineering fundamentals to applying an approach that can be used to solve complex and multidisciplinary problems.
  • My commitment to service in the CSM community also comes from my passion to teach. Serving as a faculty in the Center for Academic Services and Advising (CASA), I had the opportunity to provide additional academic assistance to students, as well as mentor students by providing advice and guidance related to their academic pursuits and their career goals. My experience in CASA gave me valuable insights regarding how the students learn and what methods are most effective for the students.
  • As the faculty advisor for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, I have had the opportunity to encourage the development of our students so they have the best opportunities upon graduation. My involvement includes promoting good study habits, mentoring students on professional development, and providing structure that the executive board members can utilize to continue the growth of the CSM chapter. I enjoy being involved with the student community because the students are eager to succeed and it gives me an opportunity to work with a group aimed at furthering the camaraderie and community on the CSM campus.

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


  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Colorado School of Mines Faculty Advisor (2012 to present)
  • Faculty in Center for Academic Services and Advising (Fall 2013)
  • Instructor, Summer Academic Focused Education at Colorado School of Mines, June 2014
  • Taught a Four-day, hands-on, course for middle school students to get them excited about civil engineering using land surveying equipment, soil sampling methods, and structural engineering labs. This course is funded by the CSM foundation and is coordinated by the Office of Admissions.
  • Instructor, STRIVE@MINES, July 2013 Taught a one-day, hands-on, course for middle school students to get them excited about engineering using land surveying equipment. This course is funded by the CSM foundation and is coordinated by the Office of Admissions.

Additional Teaching Capabilities

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Advanced Surveying
  • Structural Theory
  • Computer-Aided Engineering
  • Finite Element Methods
  • Design of Reinforced Concrete
  • Senior Design I and II
  • Structural Dynamics


  • Guerra, A. Petr, V. (In-progress). .The Effects of Confinement on the Detonation Properties of Low and High Density Ammonium Nitrate Prill,. Journal of Propellants, Explosives, and Pyrotechnics
  • 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., and P.D Kiousis. Design of Reinforced Concrete Using Mathematical Programming, (in progress) ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics.
  • Guerra, A., Kiousis, P.D. (2006) Design Optimization of Reinforced Concrete Structures, Computers and Concrete. 3, 5. 313.
  • Guerra, A., Nuss, L., and Mills-Bria, B. (2006) Shear Keys in Concrete Arch Dams, United States Society on Dams Newsletter, Issue 140.

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
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