Mr. Enrique Alarcón Álvarez

Medalla nº XIX (01/12/1994-04/09/2018)
Académico constituyente


Civil Engineer (1966) and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (1970) from the Madrid Technical University (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid - UPM).


Professor of structural Analysis since 1973.


He has been a Professor at the Civil Engineering School in Barcelona and at the University of Seville. In 1977 he was appointed full Professor at the School of Industrial Engineering in Madrid (UPM) where he also served as Chairman of the Structural Engineering Department for 8 years. He also worked as Vice General Director for Research at the Ministry of Universities and Research of the Spanish Government (1981). Since October 2013 he is Emeritus Professor at UPM.


Earlier in his career (until 1975), he worked as a designer and technical consultant for the Division of Studies and New Projects of the Spanish National Railway Company (RENFE). His engineering experience early in his professional life in RENFE allowed him to start his own engineering company (SINEX SA) in 1988, focusing on research and consulting related to special “state of the art” topics. Later on, he continued performing research projects in the “Centro de Modelado en Ingeniería Mecánica” (CEMIM), which is a research center is belonging to the Foundation for the Development of Industrial Innovation (F2I2).


His publications mainly deal with applied mathematical modelling, safety of tunnels in case of fire, seismic engineering and structural dynamic problems, constitutive laws of solids and structural reliability. These are all subjects on which he has written books or reports and published more than 100 papers.


Through the years, he had a dedicated professional and research career which has included serving as advisor to forty PhD dissertations, and consulting for approximately 60 structural/civil engineering projects (dams, bridges, tunnels, railways, etc.). He has also organized engineering conferences, both in Spain and internationally.and has contributed to approximately 200 conferences, many times as a guest speaker. He has been a member of seven Spanish and eight foreign Scientific Societies.


In 1994, he was inducted into the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering. Since his induction, he has served as Secretary (1998-2002) and President (2003-2007).  He is member of seven Spanish scientific societies, eight foreign societies, and is also a member of the Science and Engineering Section of the “Academia Europaea”. He was inducted into the Mexican Engineering Academy (2005), Portuguese Engineering Academy (2006), "Commandeur des Palmes Académiques" of France (2013) and “Cavaliere dell´Ordine al Mérito Della Reppública Italiana” (2008). He holds honorary degrees from four Spanish universities: Sevilla (1999), Zaragoza (2002), Carlos III (2003) and Valladolid (2004).


Some of his awards include: the Award of the Spanish Society for Numerical Methods (SEMNI) in 1999, the “Leonardo Torres Quevedo” National Research in Engineering award (2002), the “García Cabrerizo Foundation” medal of honor for the development of innovation (2003), the “Universidad Politécnica de Madrid” General Foundation Research award (2004), the Spanish Civil Engineering Society "Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos” Medal of Honor (2004), the “Seijas Lozano Award” (2006) in recognition of his work for the improvement of industrial engineering and the “Gold medal” from the UPM (2013).