Adjunct professor, Civil Engineering Department, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Rafael Murillo-Muñoz was appointed at the University of Costa Rica in 1994 where he currently serves as the head of graduated studies in Civil Engineering since 2010. With a civil engineering background, Rafael obtained his undergraduate degree at University of Costa Rica (1994), his M.Sc. degree at UNESCO-IHE, The Netherlands (1998) and his Ph.D. degree at University of Manitoba, Canada (2006).
Rafael is an IAHR member since 1997 and he was the chairman of the Latin-American Division from 2012 to 2014. He was also the LOC chairman of the XXV LAD Divisional Congress and of the International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics River Flow, both held in San José, Costa Rica, in 2012. As a hydraulic engineer he has worked intensively in Central America in the areas of hydrology, small hydropower as well as highway drainage.
His main areas of interest are hydraulic structures, river engineering, highway drainage and physical modelling.
As potential member of the Council I will help to attract more Latin-American professionals to join IAHR. To achieve this I will strive to improve communication channels within our community in order to make IAHR activities more visible. On the same route to, I will encourage the formation of young professional networks as well as student chapters.