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Juan José Leitón Montero

Hydrological Analyst


I am a 30-year-old civil engineer with a strong background in mathematics, statistics, probability and methods of data analysis applied to hydrology and the abilities to lead and to communicate information effectively and efficiently. I am also capable of conducting research at multiple levels, working both individually or as part of interdisciplinary groups, thinking in abstract and coding in different programming languages. My main interests are programming, regionalization, probabilistic and statistical modelling, learning new languages and teaching.

Work experience

Hydrological analyst

Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE)
  • Hydrological and sedimentological studies for hydropower development and environmental impact assessment.
  • Adaptive (compensatory) flow studies for hydropower development.
  • Sediment management and reservoir maintenance.
  • Planning and supervision of flushing maneuvers.
  • Hydraulic modelling of river reaches using one and two dimensional models (e.g. HEC-RAS and Iber models).
  • Hydrological modelling using probability theory and data analysis methods.
  • Technical counseling to the Republic of Costa Rica Government in contentious proceedings before the International Court of Justice involving a claim of transboundary environmental damage arising from road works.

Hydrological analyst / Hydraulic engineer

Setecoop R.L.
  • Hydrological studies for hydropower development.
  • Hydraulic design of small dams, intake structures, weirs, penstocks and channels for hydropower development.
  • Project identification using digital elevation models

Engineering assistant

  • Hydrological studies.
  • Land development design.
  • Storm drain and sanitory sewer systems design.
  • Irrigation and drinking water distribution systems design.

Main projects

Report on hydrology and sediments for the Costa Rican river basins draining directly to the San Juan River

Conceptualizing, planning and conducting hydrological and sedimentological studies in the San Juan river basin in order to determine the average liquid and solid discharge regimes and to elaborate a detailed sediment budged for the main basin system using the Universal Soil Loss Equation (USLE).

  • Technical counseling to the Costa Rican legal team during the oral proceedings before the International Court of Justice at The Hague, The Netherlands (April 2015).

Methodology for the determination of adaptive flow

Regionalization of hydrological descriptors (mean annual runoff, variance, and flow duration curves) in three Costa Rican basins using the hydrostochastic interpolation approach.

  • Krasovskaia, I., Gottschalk, L., Leitón-Montero, J.J., Zuñiga-Mora, J.A. & Leblois, E. (2014). REGINA - Regionalisation of hydrological descriptors. In I. Krasovskaia & L. Gottschalk (Eds.), Compensatory Flow Phase 2: Methodology for the determination of adaptive flow - Final Report. (English edition, pp. 25-79). San José, Costa Rica: Costa Rican Electricity Institute.


Master's degree in Statistics (Currently Enrroled)

  • One year and a half, full-time, 90 credits program.
  • Courses on Time series, Applied analysis of Variance and experimental design, Regression, Stochastic simulation, Fundamentals of mathematical statistics, Smoothing and non-parametric regression and Analysis of weather and climate data.

Master's degree in Mathematics with emphasis in Applied Mathematics (currently enrolled)

University of Costa Rica
  • Two and a half year, part-time, 60 credits program.
  • Courses on Advanced calculus, Linear algebra, Real analysis, Numerical methods, Exploratory multivariate data analysis, Predictive analytics, Symbolic analysis, Ordinary differential equations, Applied probability, Advanced probability, Mathematical statistics, and Linear models.

Licentiate's degree in Civil Engineering

University of Costa Rica
  • Graduated with honors
  • Five-year, full-time, 176 credits program.
  • Emphasis in structural, geotechnical and hydraulic engineering,
  • Licentiate's thesis: "Runoff regime changes in the Upper Tempisque Basin based on different Climate Change scenarios".
  • Graduate courses on Introduction to seismic engineering, Advanced concrete design, Finite element methods and Advanced dynamics of structures.

Standardized test scores

ETS GRE General test (Sep 2015)

  • Quantitative reasoning:     170/170
  • Verbal reasoning:                 153/170
  • Analytical writing                  3.5/6.0

ETS TOEFL iBT (Jul 2015)

  • Test score:  105/120


Hydraulic modelling
  • One and two-dimensional hydraulic modelling using HEC-RAS and Iber, respectively, for river modelling and environmental impact assessment studies
Geographic information system (GIS)
  • Map building
  • Hydrological analysis
  • Spatial and geostatistical analysis
VBA programming
  • Automating tasks using macros and custom functions
R programming
  • Multivariate data analysis, statistical inference and task automatization
Matlab programming
  • Multivariate data analysis and dimension reduction
Python programming
  • Geographic information system (GIS) integration for spatial data analysis


  • Teaching
  • Learning new languages
  • Learning new programming languages
  • Regionalization of hydrological descriptors
  • Probabilistic and statistical modelling


Prof. Lars Gottschalk, PhD                     
Wuhan University
Email: [email protected]

Prof. Etienne Leblois, PhD
Email: [email protected]

Prof. Colin Thorne, PhD
The University of Nottingham
Email: [email protected]

Prof. Juan José Víquez, PhD
University of Costa Rica (UCR)
Email: [email protected]

Eng. José Pablo Porras, Dr.-Ing.
University of Costa Rica (UCR)
Email: [email protected]

Eng. José Albero Zúñiga Mora
Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE)
Email: [email protected]