Rigoberto Burgueño

Rigoberto Burgueño
Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering/Adjunct Professor Mechanical Engineering



Rigoberto Burgueño received his B.S. degree in structural engineering in 1993 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering sciences, with specialization in structural engineering, in 1994 and 1999, respectively, all from the University of California, San Diego. He is currently a professor in the area of structural engineering, mechanics and materials in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and director of MSU’s Civil Infrastructure Laboratory. His research interests include: development of mechanical metamaterials and mechanical devices using elastic instabilities, hybrid nano- and micro-structured material systems, composite materials and structures, multiscale modeling, solid and structural mechanics, experimental characterization of materials and structures, inelastic response of concrete structures, and earthquake engineering. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Federal Highway Administration, the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. Dr. Burgueño has been recipient of several teaching and research awards, including the MSU’s Teacher-Scholar Award (2006), MSU’s Withrow Teaching Excellence Award (2005, 2011, 2015), and the CERF Charles Pankow Award for Innovation (1996). He is an associate editor of the Journal of Structural Engineering and editorial board member of the Journal of Composites for Construction.


  • U.S. Regular Patent Application, “Self-Powered Sensing System for the Monitoring of Quasi-static Structural Response,” N. Lajnef, R. Burgueño, S. Chakrabartty, and W. Borchani, Michigan State University. U.S. Serial No. 61/878,113. Filed September 15, 2014.
  • U.S. Regular Patent Application, "Energy Harvesting Devices for Low Frequency Applications," R.Burgueño and N. Lajnef, Michigan State University. U.S. Serial No. 13/960,356. Filed August 6, 2013.
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,232,605, "Hybrid Natural Fiber-Composites with Cellular Skeletal Structures," R. Burgueño, A.K. Mohanty, and M.J. Quagliata, Michigan State University 4.1-654 ID03-66, June 21, 2007.