Jose Rodríguez Pérez

Rector
Universidad Andres Bello (Chile)
Jose Rodríguez Pérez

Jose Rodriguez (M’81-SM’94-F’10) received the Engineer degree in electrical engineering from the Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, in Valparaiso, Chile, in 1977 and the Dr.-Ing.degree in electrical engineering from the University of Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany, in 1985. He has been with the Department of Electronics Engineering, Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, since 1977, where he was full Professor and President. Since 2015 he is the President of Universidad Andres Bello in Santiago, Chile. He has coauthored two books, several book chapters and more than 400 journal and conference papers. His main research interests include multilevel inverters, new converter topologies, control of power converters, and adjustable-speed drives. According to ISI Web of Knowledge, he has a Hirsch factor of H=54 and 14.000 citations.

Dr. Rodriguez has a large experience as consultant for the mining industry, the most important economic area of Chile. One of his works for the industry, the regenerative conveyor belts of Los Pelambres mining company generates more than 10 Megawatts of power using modern converter technology. This project was recognized in 2013 by the Academy of Sciences of Chile as one of the 12 most outstanding innovation projects with high scientific value in all areas of the economic activity in Chile in the last 40 years.

He has supervised 110 students in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, 25 Master and 9 PhD.
During his career he has organized a high number seminars, workshops and conferences dedicated to the application of Power Electronics in industry. He has organized more than 10 Special Sections of IEEE journals in different topics of Power Electronics.

In 2014 he was ranked Nº1 in the world by Microsoft Academic in all areas of engineering as the most cited author of the world, considering the publications of the last 5 years. In 2014 he was the only Chilean included in the list of The World´s Most Influential Scientific Minds published by Thomson Reuters, considering the impact of his publications in the scientific community. In 2015 he was included again in this list.
He has received a number of best paper awards from journals of the IEEE. Dr. Rodriguez is member of the Chilean Academy of Engineering. In 2014 he received the National Award of Applied Sciences and Technology from the government of Chile. In 2015 he received the Eugene Mittelmann Award from the Industrial Electronics Society of the IEEE.

He played a key role in the development of the PhD program in Electronics at Universidad Santa María. This was the first Chilean PhD program to receive in 2016 the Quality Award given the Asociacion Universitaria Iberoamericana de Postgrado. Dr. Rodriguez was the direct supervisor of more than 40% of the graduates from this program.

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