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VISION: excellence

To be the best research and development resource for civil infrastructure in the Caribbean at the service of the Americas.

MISSION: knowledge

Our mission will be to create, transfer and disseminate basic and applied knowledge in Civil Engineering related to civil infrastructure that is necessary for the development of Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and the Americas. The Center will emphasize a multidisciplinary and integrated scope in the development of projects related to the conceptualizing, planning, design, construction, operation, administration and maintenance of civil infrastructure. We will reach our goal through research and education with the interaction of professors, students and professionals, from the industry and the government, within the context of our geographical location, size, multiculturalism, environment, and economy.

OBJECTIVES: infrastructure

The objectives can be grouped into six major categories:

  1. Gain recognition as the preeminent civil infrastructure research center in the Caribbean at the service of the Americas
  2. Become a major source of information and dissemination of civil infrastructure problems, needs, and priorities
  3. Obtain a diversified and sustained funding portfolio
  4. Foster multidisciplinary, comprehensive and environmentally conscious research in civil infrastructure
  5. Sponsor activities that complement education related to civil infrastructure and contribute to develop multidisciplinary professionals
  6. Continue to deliver high quality products and services

GENERAL STRATEGIES: develop & implement

  • Develop direct relationships with key stakeholders in the government, academia and industry
  • Establish and strengthen alliances and partnerships with organizations pursuing mutual interests Promote discussions of the major civil infrastructure problems through different forums
  • Gather civil infrastructure information related to the Center?s projects in the Caribbean and Latin America Identify and attract new sources of funding
  • Develop and implement a marketing plan for the Center
  • Implement assessment methods to evaluate the impact and quality of the activities of the Center
SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES AND STRATEGIES: goals

The general and specific objectives with their corresponding strategies are contained herein:

  1. Gain recognition as the preeminent civil infrastructure research center in the Caribbean at the service of the Americas

    Promote the recognition of the CIRC as a unique resource
  • by disseminating the labor and image of the CIRC
  • by informing influential people of the community about the CIRC activities so that they can tell their constituents about the Center

    Establish ties and participate in civil infrastructure research centers in North America, the Caribbean, and South America

  • by establishing contacts with other universities in North America, the Caribbean, and South America
  • by using the network that CoHemis has established by using the contacts of the professors associated with the Center
  1. Become a major source of information and dissemination of civil infrastructure problems, needs and priorities in the Americas

    Prioritize the regional civil infrastructure problems identified by other institutions to be studied by the Center

  • by organizing periodic conferences and workshops with the government and private industry and reporting the results
  • by promoting ad-hoc committees with members from industry, government and the Center

Transfer technology and knowledge to Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and the Americas and disseminate research results to potential users

  • by placing research results on our web page
  • by publishing a bulletin, printed on paper and available on our web page
  • by organizing a seminar series for the industry, the government, and other institutions in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and the Americas

Facilitate, develop, and transfer criteria for the solution of civil infrastructure problems

  • by providing forums for discussion of civil infrastructure problems
  • by disseminating criteria for the solution of civil infrastructure problems

    Keep archives of the documents that show the research productivity of the Center

  • by producing periodic technical reports for each project of the Center
  • by publishing an annual report of the Center's projects and activities

    Increase the number and quality of publications and presentations

  • by exploring new mechanisms for promoting more publications and presentations
  • by providing incentives to the productive researchers by organizing workshops on technical writing and strategies for producing successful publications by establishing a mentoring system for young researchers
  1. Obtain a diversified and sustained funding portfolio

    Duplicate the research funds in the next five years

  • by diversifying the sources of funds
  • by sponsoring workshops on effective proposal writing

    Reduce the dependency on NSF EPSCoR for research funds

  • by submitting competitive proposals to a wider variety of sponsoring agencies
  • by seeking funds from the private industry
  • by inviting program directors to visit the Center and meet with the researchers
  • by promoting the visit of researchers to the funding agencies
  1. Foster multidisciplinary, comprehensive and environmentally conscious research in civil infrastructure

    Promote solutions to civil infrastructure problems that are environmentally benign

  • by incorporating in research projects environmental considerations compatible with social concern

Promote multidisciplinary and integrated solutions to civil infrastructure problems

  • by incorporating a multidisciplinary and
    integrated focus on researchprojects
  • by promoting the participation of several
    principal investigators with different backgrounds in a single project
  1. Sponsor activities that complement education related to civil infrastructure

    Develop research that supports formal graduate and undergraduate education in the UPR and other universities

  • by developing projects that incorporate research into the curriculum
  • by using civil infrastructure projects to enhance the education of students of engineering and and related disciplines

Support the professional development of the Center's researchers

  • by supporting travel to workshops and conferences
  • by encouraging informal talks and brainstorming sessions among researchers
  • by sponsoring meetings and workshops about research in civil infrastructure

Contribute to the awareness of the society to the problems related to civil infrastructure

  • by integrating in undergraduate courses the knowledge acquired with CIRC research
  • by organizing a student paper competition related to civil infrastructure issues
  • by disseminating general information to the public through different means and media
  1. Continue to deliver high quality products and services

    Improve the evaluation process of the Center's performance

  • by formally establishing a formal outcome assessment program
  • by establishing metrics to evaluate the researchers? performance

Improve the Center's management processes

  • by implementing a TQM program
  • by familiarizing researchers, students and staff with the concept of TQM

Increase the Center's administrative support to the researchers

  • by facilitating the initiatives of new researchers
  • by providing clerical and editorial support to the researchers in the development of proposals
  • by seeking matching funds from other sources in order to make the proposals more competitive
  • by continuously training the administrative personnel of the Center

Optimize the use of the computer center of the CIRC

  • by disseminating information regarding the available resources in CIRC's computer center

Continuously update the computer facilities by allocating funds in each proposal to improve the facilities of the computer center

  • by seeking donations, grants and subsidies from leading computing manufacture

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