Department: INGENIERIA CIVIL

Academic center: ESCUELA POLITECNICA SUPERIOR

Research unit: UNIDAD DE INVESTIGACIÓN CONSOLIDADA 231- Construcción Sostenible

PhD program: Ingeniería y Tecnologías Industrial, Informática y Civil (UBU)

Area: Mechanics of Continuous Media and Theory of Structures

Research group: SUstainable CONStruction research group

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Email: vortega@ubu.es

Doctor by the Universidad de Burgos with the thesis Aprovechamiento de escorias blancas (LFS) y negras (EAFS) de acería eléctrica en la estabilización de suelos y en capas de firmes de caminos rurales 2011. Supervised by Dr. Juan Manuel Manso Villalaín.

I hold a Ph.D. in Engineering that obtained the Extraordinary Doctorate Award from the University of Burgos, in 2011, within the doctoral program of Civil and Industrial Engineering. Previously, I have also obtained other awards such as the 2nd National Degree Award (2002). I have received various scholarships, including a postgraduate scholarship from the Agriculture Council of the Regional Government (2004-2005). My professional experience is linked to that Council and to the company Tragsa S.A. over the years 2005-2008. Simultaneously, in 2004, I began work at the UBU as a part-time professor, changing to a full-time position in 2008. Currently, I hold the position of Full Professor in the Area of Mechanics of Continuous Media and Theory of Structures. Over these years as a university professor, I have taught more than 3,000 hours of lessons in different subject areas. I have supervised a large number of Degree and Master Theses and, since 2012, I have been Head of the Teaching Innovation Group "Transition from High School to the University". Between 2012 and March 2019, I held the academic position of Secretary of the Civil Engineering Department. I am the Coordinator of the Erasmus Agreement with the University of Tras-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Portugal, since 2005) and of the Erasmus Agreement with the University of Padua (Italy, since 2017). I am also member of the PhD School of the University of Padua since 2018 and maintain close collaboration with professors from the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering (ICEA), with whom I am co-author of some conference proceedings and shared articles. I am a member of the Research Group SUCONS of the UBU, member of the Consolidated Research Unit UIC-231 of the Junta de Castilla y León (Regional Government). The main research topic of the SUCONS group is the re-use of by-products in building and civil engineering applications. The SUCONS group is a member of the national excellence network BIA2017-90838-REDT (Recycled concrete based on alternative raw materials for a circular economy) and a corporate member of the International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures (RILEM), where SUCONS researchers form part of some technical committees related with hydraulic and asphalt concretes. I have co-authored an important number of articles indexed in JCR (WoS) since 2011 until now; I am a co-author of several book chapters, some teaching innovation articles, and patents. I have supervised the Doctoral Thesis of Dr. Marta Skaf (2016), related to the use of steel slag in bituminous mixtures, the Doctoral Thesis of Dr. Aratz García-Llona (2020), with International and Industrial mention, related to the simulation of siderurgic fiber-reinforced concrete, in collaboration with TECNALIA Research&Innovation, the Doctoral Thesis, related to recycled concrete, of Dr. Víctor Revillawho holds a Ministry scholarship FPU (University Professor Training), and, the Doctoral Thesis of Dr. Jorge Javier Guevara related to blocks with recycled material to improve thermal and acoustic conditioning in homes I have participated in several research projects/contracts, mostly projects related to investigations in new materials, structures, and the reuse of waste in construction. I have likewise presented oral communications at several international conferences with publications in conference proceedings.