Research & Institution
Universidad del Desarrollo
Facultad de Ingeniería
Avenida Plaza 680
Las Condes, Santiago
I am a faculty member in the School of Engineering at Universidad del Desarrollo. Currently, I am Director of Sustainability Research Centre & Strategic Resource Management and Academic Director of Master’s program in Sustainability Management. Right Now, I have been working in the relationships Engineering, Society and Sustainability. My main goal is to develop frameworks of analysis for understanding the causes and effects of current events to contribute to sustainable development through better understanding and integration of local systems – characterized by its natural resources, climate, infrastructure needs engineering, societal and political frameworks – for the service of decision making techniques to the public policy level, linking science, technology, society and education. If you want know our research, please visit my lab, iSustainabilityLab. My research explore the governance of complex and evolving human ecosystem systems to deliver simple and practical solutions to current sustainability problems like water scarcity and food security, waste management, energy and environmental pollution. Our goals lies in studying and promoting innovation in sustainable technologies to resolve current and future environmental problems by Sustainability-Oriented Innovations.
In 2006, I was recognized as one of the 100 young leaders by Center of Leadership Universidad Adolfo Ibañez. Awarded in Academic Excellence in The Second International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology 2006, US; Young Researcher Award at the 4th European Bioremediation Conference 2008, Greece and one of the winners in the “Innovation Challenge Week” and Prize “Innovation & Entrepreneurship 2008”. In 2011, I was Visiting Scholar and Scholar in Residence 2012 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Co-author, First Environmental Chilean Survey about “Environment and Climate Change: Attitudes and Perceptions” (2009-2011).
Furthermore, I am Research Associate to Water Research Center for Agriculture and Mining (WARCAM), awarded in Fifth National Competition for Research Centers in Priority Areas (FONDAP CRHIAM in spanish) of National Commission for Scientific & Technological Research (CONICYT); Head of Waste to Energy Research & Technology – Chile at WTERT Council and Research Associate at Earth Engineering Center at Columbia University. Today, I have been awarded as member of Knowledge-Action Networks Water – Energy – Food Nexus at Future Earth, a major international research platform for global sustainability.
Finally, I have been awarded as Review Editor of Chapter 13 for the Working Group III contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) and member of High Level Panel Expert (HLPE) on Food Security and Nutrition-CFS-FAO