Dr. Ricardo Zaurin is an associate lecturer in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering in UCF's College of Engineering and Computer Science.
His research interests include structural health monitoring of fixed and movable bridges, damage detection and identification, condition assessment, numerical simulations, and non-destructive evaluation of existing structures, and design and implementation of smart structures.
Lately, he has dedicated all his efforts to research engineering education to find and implement better ways of teaching and learning, including active learning, project-based homework, adaptive learning, experiential learning, and high impact practices.
Dr. Zaurin earned a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Oriente in Venezuela and a master's degree in Information Technology from the school. At UCF, he earned a master's and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering. His professional experience includes being president and CEO of his own civil engineering and land development company.
As a first-generation college graduate, he believes strongly that the key to success and advancing in life is hard work and education. His honors at UCF include receiving College Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Awards and the 2022 AIM High Impact Individual Award for his dedication and success in reducing the cost of instructional materials for his students.