International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation


Juan Francisco J. Correal Daza

Professor Correal is a civil engineer with over 16 years of experience. He obtained his undergraduate and Master degrees at the Universidad de Los Andes, and has a PhD from the University of Nevada, Reno, United States.

Professor Correal has been the director of the Integrated Laboratory of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 2006 to 2013, and is currently Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá. Within the Research Center on Materials and Civil Infrastructure (CIMOC), he has been director and main researcher in multiple projects on issues related to the application of conventional and non-conventional materials to design and build structures. Specifically, he has an important background on the study of bamboo and laminated bamboo for structural applications, seismic behaviour of bamboo structures, and development of building code regulations for bamboo and bamboo products.

In addition, he has worked as a project engineer in Arcon Structural Engineers, Inc. based in California, USA. He also has a professional license as a Civil Engineer in the state of California and is member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) since 2000. Professor Correal is member of the board of the Colombian Association of Structural Engineering (ACIES) and is currently President of the Colombian Seismic Engineering Association (AIS).

His current research focuses on: