Message from the Director
The shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy is the single-most important step that humanity can take to mitigate global climate change. In this context, power electronics stand out as the technology that will enable this shift, changing both how electrical energy is produced and how it is used.
- Contribute to the development of advanced research in the field of power electronics and control to advance the transformation of electrical energy sources in Chile and the world.
- Contribute to technological development in the field of electromobility and renewable energies by keeping abreast of the advances in both industry and academia.
- Foment positive public opinion and recognition of the UNAB and establish connections with prominent national and international centers in the field of electrical and electronic engineering.
To be a center of excellence, recognized nationally and internationally for the quality of its work and its role in developing high-impact research, thus positioning the UNAB as a significant contributor to the scientific and technological development of the country.
The Center was established on July 18, 2019 by a decree issued by the Board of Directors of the Universidad Andrés Bello.
José Rodríguez is a Civil Electrical Engineer (Federico Santa Maria Technical University, Chile, 1977) and Doktor Ingenieur (University of Erlangen, Germany, 1985).
His area of research is power electronics and control of electric machines in renewable energy and electromobility applications. He is the author of more than 500 publications, 200 of which have been published in mainstream journals.
He has served as President of the Federico Santa Maria Technical University and the Andres Bello University, Chile. He was a founding researcher of the Scientific and Technological Center of Valparaiso (CCTVAL, for its initials in Spanish) and the founding Director of the Advanced Center for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (AC3E); both centers are renowned for their excellence in research. He is an IEEE Fellow. Since 2014, he has been included in the Web of Science’s list of Highly Cited Researchers, which recognizes the world’s most influential researchers. In 2014, he received the National Prize in Applied Science and Technologies, which is awarded by the government of Chile.
Luca Tarisciotti received his master’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2009 and his Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the PEMC group at the University of Nottingham, UK, in 2015. In the same year, he became a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, UK, where he worked until 2018. He is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the Universidad Andres Bello, Santiago, Chile. His research interests include matrix converters, DC/DC converters, multilevel converters, advanced modulation schemes, and control of advanced power electronic converters.
Freddy Flores received his M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in Electronic Engineering from Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), Tarragona, Spain, in 2009 and 2013, respectively. In 2015, he joined the Advanced Center for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (AC3E) of the Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria (UTFSM), Valparaiso, Chile, as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2017, he became the Key Area Manager of the AC3E’s energy area in the technology transfer unit, developing and managing industrial projects related to energy and power electronics systems.
Along with being a Researcher at the Energy Transformation Center, Dr. Flores-Bahamonde is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Science at the Universidad Andrés Bello. His main interests include the design and control of power converters for renewable energies, automotive power systems, and DC microgrids. Dr. Flores-Bahamonde is also an Adjunct Researcher on the FONDAP project “Solar Energy Research Center (SERC) Chile” and the CORFO project “AtaMos-TEC: Programa de investigación y desarrollo de tecnologías fotovoltaicas de alta radiación y clima desértico,” a R&D project focused on high-radiation photovoltaic technologies for use in desert climates.