Professor, Andres Bello Catholic University, Venezuela
He holds a Civil Engineering degree, Major in Hydraulics from the Central University of Venezuela (Caracas, Venezuela), in 1978, he continued postgraduate Studies in Hydraulics, Hydrology and Coastal Dynamics at University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK). Currently, he is an Aggregate Professor of Hydraulic Engineering at Andres Bello Catholic University, in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela and a visiting Professor at Los Andes University at Merida, Venezuela.
He developed a 30 year´s carreer in dam hydraulics at EDELCA Hydraulics Laboratory, where he and his group encompassed laboratory and , numerical modeling studies, prototype monitoring, applied to the design and operation of some of the largest existing hydraulic structures built, part of the 17200 MW Lower Caroni Hydroelectric Development. His topics of interest have been design, and operation of large hydraulic structures, energy dissipation, aeration, large river diversion schemes, model and prototype correlation, implantation of large hydroelectric projects, education in hydraulic engineering.
Presently, in parallel with his teaching activity he has developed a Consulting activity in dam hydraulics engineering applied to more than 20 projects in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Panama, Pakistan, and in Venezuela. Since 2006, he has worked at the Orinoco Delta, monitoring hydraulic structures behavior, erosion and sedimentation processes, salinity intrusion and, water quality. He has served as Adviser of several public and private companies and provided assistance to hydraulic and environment engineers of CORPOELEC (Venezuelan Corporation of Electricity) in Dam and Reservoir Management. He has imparted courses and training to hydraulic engineers of the National Hydraulic Laboratory, Ministry of the Environment, in Venezuela. He is a member of the Hydraulics for Dam Committee of ICOLD.
He joined IAHR in 1982, and has served the organization in various capacities; he has been an active member of the IAHR Hydraulic Structures Committee, Chair of the Second Symposium of Hydraulic Structures (2006), and Chair of the XXII Regional Latin American Congress in 2006, past Chair of IAHR LAD (2006-2008). Member of Scientific Committees of IAHR Specialty conferences and Regional Congresses. He helped implantation of Hydro List for the IberoAmerican IAHR Community. He became an elected member of IAHR Council in 2011. He has motivated many engineers, scientists and organizations from Latin America to join IAHR, attend and support IAHR Conferences and Congresses.
As Vice president of IAHR I will:
Continue promoting IAHR activities in Latin America, Increase links between IAHR and Latin American universities, Research Centers and Professional institutions from the region can benefit from workshops, seminars, and technical exchange, and IAHR can gain knowledge and expertise from LA experiences.
Assist IAHR in increasing membership, I will work to promote IAHR in Central and South America.
I will continue giving support to organizations of Biennial IAHR LAD Congresses.
I will provide advice and support to the LOC of 38th IAHR World Congress to be celebrated in Panama City in 2019.