maria calahorraMaria Calahorra-Jimenez
Ph.D., PMP
Assistant Professor

Email: mcalahorrajimenez@mail.fresnostate.edu

Office: Virtual                

Phone: 559.278.1792         

Mailing Address: 2320 E. San Ramon Ave., MS/EE 94
Fresno, CA 93740-8030  

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More Information about Dr. Calahorra-Jimenez:

Education

  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Construction Engineering and Management, University of Colorado Boulder, USA, 2020
  • Ph.D. Engineering Science, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile, 2020
  • MSc. Civil Engineering, Universidad de Chile, Chile, 2015
  • BS-MSc. Civil Engineering, Structures, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, 2004

Industry Experience

  • 13+ years experience in design, construction, and management of public infrastructure projects in international contexts.
  • 100+ infrastructure projects managed and supervised, including new highways, interchanges, bridges, road widening, road reconstruction, and water infrastructure.
  • 100+ design project proposals prepared for public and private entities in international contexts.
  • 50+ professionals supervised successfully in local and virtual environments.

Senior Project Manager
Department of Transportation. WSP (Former Louis Berger)
Santiago de Chile, Chile

2016-2018

Office Technical Manager
South America Headquarters. WSP ( Former Louis Berger)
Santiago de Chile, Chile

2013-2016

Program Manager
South Spain Regional Office. WSP (Former Louis Berger)
Sevilla, Spain

2011-2013

Assistant Program Manager  
South Spain Regional Office. WSP (Former Louis Berger)
Sevilla, Spain

2010-2011

Project Engineer   
South Spain Regional Office. WSP (Former Louis Berger)
Sevilla, Spain

2008-2010

Project Engineer   
Construction Site Office. WSP (Former Louis Berger)
Murcia, Spain

2004-2008

Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles:

Calahorra-Jimenez M., Torres-Machi C, Chamorro A, Alarcon L.F. and Molenaar K,, (2020). The importance of Non-Cost Criteria Weighting in Best-Value Design-Build U.S. Highway Projects. ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering. (Under review)

Calahorra-Jimenez M., Molenaar K, Torres-Machi C., Chamorro A, and Alarcon L.F. (2020). Structured approach for best-value evaluation criteria: US Design-Build Highway procurement. ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering (Approved for publication).

Calahorra-Jimenez M., Alarcon L.F, Torres-Machi C., Chamorro A, and Molenaar K. (2020). Improving cost performance in Design-Bid-Build projects by mapping the reasons for cost overruns into the project phases. Journal of Construction ( Approved for publication).

Arroyo, P., Herrera, R., Salazar, L., Giménez, Z., Martínez, J., Calahorra, M. (2018). A new approach for integrating environmental, social, and economic factors to evaluate asphalt mixture with and without waste tires. Journal of Construction Vol 33 No 3 2018, pp. 301-313

 

Books/Book Chapters

Calahorra-Jimenez M., Torres-Machi C. and Molenaar K. (2021). Addressing the Fallacy in Lump-Sum Best-Value Procurement for Design-Build Highway Projects in: Building a Body of Knowledge in Construction Project Delivery, Procurement and Contracting, Word Scientific Publishing (WSP) (In progress)

Alarcón, Luis F., Wegmann Adolfo, Calahorra Maria (2018). Oportunidades para el mejoramiento de la gestión de proyectos de infraestructura pública en Chile in: Propuestas Para Chile 2017, Centro de Políticas públicas UC, Santiago de Chile. Chapter VII pp. 199-239.

 

Conference Proceedings

Calahorra M., Torres-Machi C., Molenaar Keith R., Chamorro A., Alarcon L.F. (2019). Alignment between Project goals and evaluation criteria in best-value procurement”. Transportation Research Board. Washington, D.C., January 12-16, 2020.

Calahorra M., Torres-Machi C., Molenaar Keith R. (2019). Information Exchange in the procurement process of Design-Build Transportation projects: digging into the What, the When, the Who and the How. Transportation Research Board.Washington, D.C., January 12-16, 2020.

Calahorra M., Giménez Z., Herrera R., Martínez J., Salazar L. (2016). “Análisis de ciclo de vida de mezcla asfáltica con/sin caucho: estudio de caso” Proceedings of the VII Elagec, Bogota, Colombia, November 15-18, 2016.

Herrera R., Calahorra M. (2016). “Competencias que debe poseer un director de proyecto y como desarrollarlas” Congreso Internacional de Gestión de Proyectos PMI. XII Versión del Tour Cono Sur Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile, November 9, 2016. 

Research Projects

  • Effectiveness of the SCDOT Design-Build highway program. South Carolina Department of Transportation. PI: Keith Molenaar, co-PI: Cristina Torres-Machi, doctoral research assistant: Maria Calahorra. January 2018-March, 2020.
  • Oportunidades para el mejoramiento de la gestión de proyectos de infraestructura pública en Chile. Center of Public Policy of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile “PI: Luis F. Alarcon, co-PIs: Adolfo Wegmann, Maria Calahorra. January 2017- January 2018.
 

Professional Certifications

  • Project Manager Professional PMP.
  • Envision Sustainability Professional ENV PS.

Research Interests

Focused on Heavy Civil Projects:

  • Alternative/Integrated/Lean Project Delivery Methods
  • Decision Making
  • Risk Management