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Alejandro Henao


Alejandro completed the M.S. degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in transportation at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD) last December 2013, and he continues to pursue a PhD in civil engineering. Originally from Colombia, Alejandro started his studies at the Universidad del Valle in Cali, and earned a B.S. – Magna Cum Laude - in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2006. Prior to joining the IGERT program, Alejandro worked professionally as a structural engineer at Contech Bridge and as a field engineer for Insituform Technologies and Opus Northwest in Denver.

Alejandro is a recipient of a National Science Foundation fellowship in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure through the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program. The IGERT group involves multidisciplinary fellows including engineers, planners, health and behavioral scientists, and public affair scholars. During his graduate studies Alejandro has worked on transportation studies such as the ‘Impacts of Sustainable Transportation Investments’ and ‘Parking at Sporting Event Stadiums in Denver, Colorado’, published at the Journal of the Transportation Research Record. For his master’s thesis he developed a transportation economic resilient rating system for home zones in the greater Denver metropolitan area by calculating the percent of income increases on commuting expenses when fuel price doubles.

Alejandro’s continues doing research that focuses on multi-modal transportation options, transportation economic resilience, and travel demand modeling. He is also interested in studying transportation and crowd movement for sport and major events such as the Olympics Games and FIFA Soccer World Cup, considering the long-term goals of the host cities. 

Alejandro is currently the President of the Institute of Transportation Engineers UCD Student Chapter. Outside of his studies, Alejandro spends time with his wife and two boys. His favorite activity is to play, watch, and coach fútbol (a.k.a. soccer).


Alejandro’s preliminary research focuses in the implementation of sustainable urban infrastructure systems in transportation planning and management for mega events, including Olympics and Soccer World Cup, and how the events are related to the long-term goals of the cities. Alejandro also is interested in studying how to develop and implement optimal world class Bus Rapid Transit systems for US conditions.

Non-research highlights
Alejandro was recently elected as Student Chapter Vice-President for the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). In his free time, Alejandro is a soccer fanatic, player and coach.


  • ·         Henao, Alejandro and Marshall, Wesley (2013), 'Parking at Sporting Event Stadiums in Denver, Colorado', Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No: 2359, pp 17-26.
  •       Henao, A., D. Piatkowski, K. Luckey, K. Nordback, E. Stonebraker, W. Marshall and K. Krizek, ‘Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure Investments and Mode Share Changes: A 20-year background of Boulder, Colorado’. Working paper.


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