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Luis Arboleda

Associate Professor

Phone: 407-823-1310
Office: ENG I, Room 412

Luis G. Arboleda is an associate professor at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering. His expertise is in full-scale field performance and instrumentation of geostructures including soil-structure interaction and numerical simulations of underground constructions using advanced numerical simulations and field/laboratory testing of soils.  Arboleda has developed significant research contributions in the field of soil-structure interaction, analysis and design of supported excavations, geotechnical earthquake engineering and soil liquefaction, geomechanical failures of sinkholes, laboratory testing of soils, and constitutive modeling of soils and rocks.

Before joining UCF, he was previously an assistant professor at California State University, Long Beach campus. He earned his Ph.D. in 2014 from Northwestern University in geotechnical engineering and completed his masters in structural engineering in 2006 at Purdue University. He also worked for four years in a structural engineering consulting firm, Janssen and Spaans Engineering Inc., where he worked on the design, construction engineering, inspection, and rehabilitation of long-span bridges and other infrastructure systems in the U.S. His bachelor’s degree is from the National University of Colombia, earned in 2004.

  • Excavations
  • Soil-structure interaction
  • Soil dynamics
  • Sinkholes
  • Geostructures
  • Geotechnical earthquake engineering
  • Soil liquefaction
  • Constitutive soil modeling
  • Turkel B, Orozco-Herrera JE, Arboleda-Monsalve LG*, Nam B, Jones L (2023). “Semi-empirical Model of Vibration-Induced Ground Deformations due to Impact Pile Driving.” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, (IF= 3.9)
  • Uribe-Henao AF, Arboleda-Monsalve LG*, Ballesteros C, Zapata-Medina DG (2023). “Method for Estimating Fully Coupled Response of Deep Excavations in Soft Clays.” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, (IF= 3.849)
  • Uribe-Henao AF, Arboleda-Monsalve LG*, Mackie K (2023). “Building response to excavation-induced ground movements from a nonlinear-inelastic perspective.” Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, (IF= 3.802)
  • Uribe-Henao AF, Arboleda-Monsalve LG*, Aguirre-Molina A, Zapata-Medina DG (2022). “Construction Induced Effects in a Cofferdam Excavation using Hypoplasticity and Shotcrete Models.” Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, Elsevier, (IF= 6.808)
  • Galeano-Parra DI, Zapata-Medina DG*, Arboleda-Monsalve LG, Monsalve G. (2022). “Laboratory Reconsolidation and In Situ Stress State of Residual Soils in the Northern Andes.” Geotechnical Testing Journal, ASTM, Vol. 45 (3), p.1-7, DOI: 10.1520/GTJ20200334. (IF= 1.732)
  • Aparicio-Ortube AJ, Zapata-Medina DG, Arboleda-Monsalve LG* (2022). “Intralayer Variability and Compressibility of Hawthorn Group Soils.” Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, Springer, (IF= 1.781)
  • Mercado JA, Arboleda-Monsalve LG*, Mackie KR (2021). “Nonlinear-inelastic-degrading structural modeling approach to assess the seismic soil-structure interaction response of tall buildings.” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, (IF= 3.849)
  • Mercado JA, Mackie KR*, Arboleda-Monsalve LG (2021). “Modeling nonlinear-inelastic seismic response of tall buildings with soil–structure interaction.” Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, (IF= 3.802)
  • Arboleda-Monsalve LG*, Mercado JA, Terzic V, Mackie KR (2020). “Soil-structure interaction effects on seismic performance and earthquake-induced losses in tall buildings.” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, (IF= 3.849)
  • Outstanding Reviewer for 2021 year of the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (ASCE).
  • Fellowship Second Early Career Workshop for Junior Geotechnical Faculty, May 20-22, 2018, at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
  • American Society of Civil Engineers:
    • ASCE Geo-Institute: Los Angeles and East-Central Florida Branches
  • International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering 
  • Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance 
  • U.S. Universities Council on Geotechnical Engineering Research 
  • CEG6115: Foundation Engineering
  • CEG 6317: Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
  • CEG6515: Retaining Structures and Slope Stability
  • CEG6610: Smart Underground Structures: Tunnels and Shafts
  • CEG4011: Geotechnical Engineering I
  • CEG4012: Geotechnical Engineering II