4. Remembering Leonardo Alcayhuaman


With the passing of Professor and Engineer  Leonardo Alcayhuaman, we have lost a dear friend and an academician who will always give pride to the people of Peru. There are memories that will never fade and Leonardo's accomplishments and his steadfast leadership will never be forgotten.

Leonardo was an early key supporter for the formation of the GEDC and was a member since the Council’s inception in 2008. He served as a GEDC member during his tenure as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the Universidad Ricardo Palma in Peru.

Born in Cusco, Peru, Leonardo received degrees in Physics and Mathematics from the Universidad Nacional de San Antonio de Abad del Cusco, a masters in Civil Engineering and Science from the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería de Lima, a Ph.D. in Engineering from Universidad Nacional Federico Villareal and another Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from Universidad Ricardo Palma.

A profound academic who garnered great respect from his colleagues, Leonardo held several leadership positions in the engineering community in Peru and globally. He served as President of the American Society of Civil Engineers – Peru and of the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Schools. He was also the Vice-President of the Civil Engineering Chapter of the Departmental Council of Lima and a professor at the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería. Towards the end of his esteemed career, he was promoted to Vice-Chancellor of the Universidad Ricardo Palma, where he served until his appointment as the Director of the Institute of Andean Culture at the university in 2016—a post which he maintained until his passing in August 2017.

There is nothing that hurts as much as missing an old, close friend and knowing that we are unable to meet again and enjoy a glass of red wine together. The void left by Leonardo Alcayhuaman will never be the same in the engineering community of Latin America and worldwide.  

Do you have a memory about Leonardo that you would like to share? Please contact Hans-Jürgen Hoyer, we would like to share memories and thoughts in an upcoming issue of our bulletin.