Symposium / Speakers SICEL 2017

Juan Carlos Balda

Juan Carlos Balda

Smart Grids, Energy Storage


Professor at the University of Arkansas and Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering. His main research interests are power electronics, electric power distribution systems, motor drives and electric power quality. His research also includes the study of the future of electric power systems, energy storage and renewable energy sources, and their integration into the electricity grid. He is a senior member of the IEEE, a member of the Power Electronics and Industrial Applications Societies, and a member of the honor society Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu.

Nelson Kagan

Nelson Kagan

Smart Grids, Distributed generation


He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of São Paulo (1982), a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of São Paulo (1988), and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of London (1993). He is currently a Professor at University of São Paulo, where he works since 1983. He is a reviewer of the Brazilian Society of Automation, reviewer and Senior Member of the IEEE, Member of the Administrative Council of the Brazilian Quality Society Of Electric Power, and a Representative of CIRED in Brazil. His areas of expertise are: Electric power quality, Analysis of electrical networks, Optimization of electrical power systems and Application of intelligent systems to power systems. He coordinates the Center for Power Quality and Regulation Studies and the Research Center in Smart Energy Grids at the University of Sao Paulo.

Tomás Gómez San Román

Tomás Gómez San Román

Regulation and Smart Grids


Tomás Gómez San Román is a professor of Electrical Engineering at the Engineering School of Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain. Currently he is the Director of Instituto de Investigación Tecnológica (IIT) at Comillas. He obtained the Degree of Doctor Ingeniero Industrial from Universidad Politécnica, Madrid, in 1989, and the Degree of Ingeniero Industrial in Electrical Engineering from Comillas in 1982. He joined IIT in 1984. From 1994 to 2000, he was also the Director of IIT, and from 2000 to 2002, the Vice-Rector of Research, Development, and Innovation of Comillas. Prof. Gómez has a large experience in industry joint research projects in the field of Electric Energy Systems in collaboration with Spanish, Latin American, and European institutions. He has been project manager and/or principal investigator in more than 80 research projects. His areas of interest are operation and planning of transmission and distribution systems, power quality assessment and regulation, and economic and regulatory issues in the electrical power sector.
Joan Montanya

Joan Montanya

Lightning Research


He received the B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain, in 2000 and 2004, respectively. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia as Adjunct Lecturer in 1997. In 2003 he became Assistant Professor and, since 2011, he is Associated Professor. He did several short stays at the University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ, US), the Laboratoire d’Aérologie (Toulosue, France) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA, US). He is currently leading experimental research on lightning detection systems for the ASIM mission of the European Space Agency, mainly in tropical regions; such as the Colombian Lightning Mapping Array (COLMA), the implementation of observing systems in various parts of the Caribbean, and the planning of observation campaigns with high-speed cameras, among others.

Jan Meyer

Jan Meyer

Electromagnetic compatibility


He received the Dipl.-Ing. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical power engineering from Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, in 1994 and 2004, respectively. He is currently a Senior Academic Assistant and Team Leader of the Power Quality Research Group with Technische Universität Dresden. Dr. Meyer is a member of the IEEE Power Engineering Society. His research interests include network disturbances and their evaluation, especially for harmonics below and above 2 kHz, and all aspects of designing large measurement campaigns. He is a member of several EMC national and international working groups and gives regular presentations on current issues in the field of Electric Power Quality.

Manuel Madrigal Martínez

Manuel Madrigal Martínez

Electric Power Quality


He received the Bachelor degree from the Instituto Tecnológico de Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, in 1993, the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo León, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, in 1996, and the Ph.D. degree in 2001 from the University of Glasgow, Glasgow, U.K. Since 1996, he has been a Graduate Research Professor in the Instituto Tecnologico de Morelia. Currently, he is a member of the National System of Researchers in Mexico. His research interests include power quality and harmonic analysis in power systems. In addition, he has oriented training courses for the Energy Regulatory Commission, Federal Electricity Commission, Higher Education Institutions, and he has also given talks and presentations in various national and international forums.

Horacio torres

Horacio Torres Sanchéz


Electrical Engineer and Magister in Power Systems of the National University of Colombia. He completed doctoral studies, with emphasis on electromagnetic transients by the Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany). He is emeritus and special professor and director of the PAAS group of the National University of Colombia, researcher Emeritus of Colciencias and scientific advisor of the firm Keraunos. It has multiple national and international publications in the area of ​​high voltage, electromagnetic transients, atmospheric electric discharges and quality of electric energy. He is an Exemplary Professional Member in the Academy and Senior Member of the IEEE, awarded with different academic awards in recognition for his contributions in the subject of rays, for his life and academic, research and citizen work.