Our Team

Director CTE & Researcher

Freddy Flores-Bahamonde

was born in Osorno, Chile in 1983. He received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electronics engineering from Universitat Rovira I Virgili (URV), Tarragona, Spain, in 2009 and 2013, respectively. In 2015 he joined to the Advanced center for electrical and electronic engineering (AC3E), from the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (UTFSM), Valparaíso, Chile, as a postdoctoral fellow. Consequently, in 2017 he was in charge of the energy area in the technology transfer unit of the AC3E developing and managing industrial projects related to the energy and electric power systems. Dr. Flores-Bahamonde is currently Assistant Professor in the Engineering Sciences Department at the Universidad Andrés Bello, where also he is the director of the Center for Energy Transformation. His main interest includes the design and control of power converters for renewable energies, automotive power systems, and DC microgrids


CTE Researchers

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.


Catalina González-Castaño

received the degree in electronic engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Manizales, and the M.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Colombia in 2008 and 2013, respectively.  And the Ph.D. (with honors) degree in electronic engineering, in the field of power converters for electric vehicles from the Universidad  Rovira  i  Virgili,  Tarragona, Spain,  in  2019.  She undertook his doctoral internship at the Advanced Center of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (AC3E) Valparaiso-Chile. Currently, she has a postdoctoral position in the Electrical Energy Transformation Center and the Department of Engineering Science at the Universidad Andrés Bello. She main research interests are electric power quality, vehicular power systems, and design and digital control of power converters.


Juan Sebastián Gómez

received the B.E degree in Electronics Engineering from “Universidad Distrital-Francisco José de Caldas”, Bogotá-Colombia in 2011, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Chile (Universidad de Chile), Santiago-Chile, in 2020. Currently, he is with the Department of Engineering Sciences and the Energy transformation Center of Universidad Andrés Bello, Santiago-Chile, as lecturer and researcher. He is also affiliated as postdoctoral researcher on microgrids applications for mining industry at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Anillo project ACT192013 “Cyber-physical systems for smart mining: Industrial electronics 4.0 and data-driven process control”), and previously he worked in the Colombian oil and gas industry as a Project Engineer and as a Specialist Automation Engineer, nowadays, he is also working as external consultant in this area. His research interests are focused mainly on networked control systems, renewable energies, model-based predictive control, and microgrids control.

Alex Navas-Fonseca

received the Engineer Degree in Electronic (Hons.) from the Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas-ESPE, Ecuador, in 2015. He is finishing the dual PhD degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering between the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom and the University of Chile, Chile. Currently, he is a lecturer at the Department of Engineering Sciences at Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile and a researcher at the Energy Transformation Center at the same university. In addition, he has served as a Reviewer in journals, such as the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I. His research interests include the control and management of microgrids, distributed model predictive control applied to microgrids and renewable energies, and demand side management techniques.

Post-doctoral Researcher

Diana López Caiza

received her Engineer degree in Electronic from Escuela Politécnica Nacional (EPN), Quito, Ecuador, in 2013.

At the beginning of this year, she presented the PhD exam in Electronic Engineering from Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (UTFSM), Valparaíso, Chile. Her doctoral thesis, entitled “High voltage ratio step-up converters for photovoltaic microinverters” presents a comprehensive study of three non-linear control strategies for single-stage step-up dc-ac topologies for PV microinverter configuration.

Now, she is beginning a Postdoctoral in the Energy Transformation Center from Universidad Andres Bello, Chile. Her main research interests include dc-dc and dc-ac converter topologies, and control of power electronics converters applied to renewable energy technologies.


Administrative Support Unit

Group Manager, Patricia Aillapán Contreras

Currently, she is coordinating the financial and administrative management of the Energy Transformation Center, supporting the director management. In charge of the coordination of ties between the center with the national and international environment.
She has extensive experience in the internationalization of organizations and technological management, advising SMEs, in the planning and execution of strategies to promote their products abroad and vice versa, connecting commercial, know-how or technological international offers with the Chilean company requirements.
Her academic background includes a Professional Degree in Aquaculture Engineering, graduated with unanimous distinction and she has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aquaculture received in January 2004 from the Universidad Andrés Bello in Santiago de Chile. She continued her studies in 2009 and obtained a Diploma in Business Management at Universidad de Chile and then in 2011 a Diploma in International Trade from the Faculty of Economy and Business of the Universidad de Chile.

Support Engineer, Maximiliano Aguilar Carrizo

is electronics technician from Colegio Salesiano de Valparaíso. And received his Engineer degree in Mechatronics with academic Minor in Energy conversion from Universidad de Talca, Curico, Chile, in 2022.

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