Antonio Gómez Expósito receives the 8th “Javier Benjumea Puigcerver” Research Prize from the Social Council, the University of Seville and the Focus-Abengoa Foundation

April 11, 2011

Seville, 11 April 2011. Antonio Gómez Expósito, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Seville, today received the 8th “Javier Benjumea Puigcerver” Research Prize, for the extraordinary scientific value of the submitted work, which is of enormous importance in the field of applied research: Estimation of the multilevel status: new paradigm for the networks of the 21st century.

The jury at the 8th edition acknowledged the extraordinary scientific value of the submitted work “of enormous importance in the field of applied research, focusing on the study of the state estimator, the cornerstone of every energy control centre, with a view to determining the ideal state of the electrical system, promoting the development of intelligent networks and new generations of electrical devices, designed for protection, control and measurement functions”. The jury also classified the contributions by Professor Gómez Expósito as, “a project of the highest value, a quality work, with a clear scientific, business and social interest, which combined with the extraordinary business career of the researcher, makes it a worthy winner of the eighth edition of the Javier Benjumea Puigcerver research prize”.

The prize was presented today at a ceremony held in the auditorium of the University of Seville, attended by a large group of academics and researchers and presided over by María Luisa García, president of the Social Council of the University of Seville; Joaquín Luque, Vice-chancellor of the University, and Felipe Benjumea Llorente, chairman of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation.

During her speech, María Luisa García highlighted the award winner’s “outstanding work” and explained that “there are seven participants with significant experience in this edition, who have decided to compete – to measure themselves against the best, producing projects about their research”. The president emphasised that “it is difficult to be competitive if you don’t train to compete”. She went on to say that “to overcome this crisis we need research – the key to the future – but we also need competition from the beginning”.

Professor Antonio Gómez Expósito, Director of the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Seville and of the Endesa Red Chair, directs one of the most international Spanish groups in the field of electricity generation, transport and distribution systems. His educational career includes stays as a guest lecturer in California and Canada.

He is co-author of more than 200 technical publications, which include ten text books, including Electric Energy Systems: Analysis and Operation (McGraw-Hill, 2002), the most widely used text in Spain and Latin America in its field, which has editions in English, Portuguese and Basque, as well as an e-book version.

In the research field he has participated as lead researcher in more than 50 research projects with public and private funding, which have given rise to diverse tools and devices for companies in the electrical sector, such as state estimators, network simulators, expert systems for the optimum operation of networks, digital relays, FACTS devices, theoretical models for distribution networks, etc.

He has also belonged to the scientific committees of the majority of international congresses in this area in the last few years.

This award, in which the Social Council of the University, the Focus Abengoa Foundation and the University of Seville all participate, in which the winner receives €18,000, a diploma and has their work published, is designed to acknowledge the work carried out by researchers within the university community (doctors, graduates or diploma holders) who participate in research projects that meet the needs of companies and entities in terms of research and development. The conditions for the prize state that research work will be considered in the areas of scientific and technical knowledge of the University of Seville, as well as other criteria such as the quality of the work, its scientific interest to companies and society, and the usefulness and interest of the research in relation to the socio-economic and business environment of the University.

The jury consisted of María Luisa García, President of the Social Council; Concepción Horgué Baena, Secretary General of the University of Seville; Manuel García León, Vice-chancellor of Research; Luis Uruñela Fernández, member of the Social Council, and Juan Antonio Carillo Salcedo and José Domínguez Abascal, representatives of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation.

Social Council

The Council is the participatory body for society in the University, whose functions include promoting the relevance of the range of courses and activities to Andalusian society. According to its regulations, the functions of the Council are classified into three areas: Economic-financial, which includes powers to approve and pay the university’s budgets, rates and public prices, etc.; Academic, which encompasses the approval of new qualifications and the rules of attendance for students, among others; and Social Relations, with functions to promote agreements and the sponsorship and collaboration of society in the financing of the University.

The Social Council of the University of Seville decided to promote the “Javier Benjumea Puigcerver” Research Prize in order to continue the memory of such an illustrious person from Seville society who was awarded an Honoris Causa Doctorate from the University of Seville.

Focus-Abengoa Foundation

The Focus-Abengoa Foundation was created in 1982 as a result of the cultural work begun in 1972 by Abengoa with the publication of the works Temas Sevillanos (Themes of Seville) and Iconografía de Sevilla (Iconography of Seville). A collection of documents, books and engravings on the Kingdom of Seville and by Sevillian authors was created during the same period. This initial cultural work showed Abengoa’s directors the importance of the company’s involvement in activities that directly benefit society, beyond its core technology work, which led to the creation of the Seville Cultural Fund Foundation. The Hospital de los Venerables, a 17th century monument and the headquarters of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation in Seville, has housed the Diego Velázquez Research Centre, a leading institution for studying and disseminating the Baroque era and the Sevillian period of this universally renowned artist, following the acquisition of Velázquez’s Santa Rufina by the Foundation in 2007.

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