Dr. Jose Canelon

José Canelón received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering in 1994 and a MS degree in Applied Computing in 1997, both from the University of Zulia in Maracaibo, Venezuela, and a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering in 2004 from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas, USA.

He has been a professor of the Electrical Engineering School of the University of Zulia from 1994. In the same university he was the coordinator of the Master of Engineering Program in Process Control from 2009 to 2016, and has been the Director of the Research Institute in Applied Calculus from 2013. His main research areas of interest include: design of advanced control strategies, identification, control and optimization of systems with complex dynamics (with recent applications in oil recovery processes and artificial lift systems) and digital control of continuous-time systems. He has been involved in many funded research projects, both in Venezuela and internationally, being the principal researcher in some of them. He has co-authored more than 20 papers in peer-reviewed journals and more than 10 conference presentations. He was co-recipient of the Venezuelan National Award to the best scientific, technological and innovation work, given by the Ministry of Science and Technology, in 2003 and 2014.

Dr. Richard Marquez

Richard Marquez received a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1993 and a MS degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1998, both from the University of Zulia in Maracaibo, Venezuela, and a PhD degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, in 2004.

For more than 24 years, he has been a professor of the School of Petroleum Engineering of the University of Zulia and a researcher at the Oil Research Institute in the same university. He has also been a practicing engineer and an international instructor in the areas of nodal analysis of artificial lift systems, production optimization, multiphase flow and fluid mechanics. He has co-authored several papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations, and has advised more than 100 undergraduate and graduate theses. Marquez is the former director of the School of Petroleum Engineering and he is currently the director of the Division of Graduate Studies and member of the directive board of the Oil Research Institute and the Laboratory of Petroleum Technical Services, all at the University of Zulia.

Dr. Cesar Alvarez

Cesar Alvarez received a BS degree in Electronic Engineering in 1982 from the University Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela and a doctorate in Automation and Robotics in 2008, from the Polytechnic University of Madrid in Madrid, Spain. His doctoral thesis was the development of a parallel structure remotely operated underwater vehicle.

He worked for INTEVEP, a subsidiary of PDVSA (Venezuelan oil industry), from 1982 to 1989, where he designed and implemented electronic and instrumentation circuits. INTEVEP patented in USA three products developed by his group: a system for monitoring well performance, a device for determining water content in oil by admittance measurement and a sensor for detecting oil leaks and oil quality in beam pumps. He was also an assistant professor at the University Antonio Jose de Sucre in Caracas, Venezuela, from 1989 to 1993. From 1994 to 2016 he was a professor at the University of Zulia in Maracaibo, Venezuela, where he also was the head of the Electronics and Control Department. His main areas of interest are electronic instrumentation, virtual laboratories, vehicles control, underwater robots, energy efficiency and renewable energies. He has co-authored more than 40 publications.

Dr. Maryory Urdaneta

Maryory Urdaneta received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering in 2003 and a MS degree in Applied Mathematics in 2007, both from the University of Zulia in Maracaibo, Venezuela. In 2006 she received a MS degree in Telematics from the University Rafael Belloso Chacín in Maracaibo, Venezuela. She also received MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering, in 2012 and in 2015, respectively, from the University of Central Florida, in Orlando, Florida, USA.

She has been an associate professor of the Electrical Engineering School of the University of Zulia from 2005, and from 2015 she is the Director of such school. Her main research area is applied computational and experimental electromagnetism, where she has participated in research projects such as development of diagnostic and therapeutic technologies for biomedical applications, radiofrequency, propagation and antennas. She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), where she has some published journal papers and conference presentations. In 2016 she took the course Energy Efficiency and Conservation and Governmental Promotion in Japan, about technologies used in that country to promote energy efficiency.

Dr. Edgar Camargo

Edgar Camargo received a BS degree in Physics in 1998 and a MS degree in Automation and Instrumentation in 2002, both from the University of Los Andes (ULA) in Merida, Venezuela. He also received a PhD degree in Applied Science with a mention in Automation and Control in 2004, from ULA in agreement with LAAS-CNRS in Toulouse, France.

He has been a senior petroleum engineering consultant for more than 15 years, including 14 years working in PDVSA, where he is actually the head of Process Control and has been the leader of different projects in the areas of oilfield automation and real time optimization and diagnosis of petroleum production systems. He is also interested in areas such as application of artificial intelligence and data mining in the oil & gas industry, uncertainty analysis and smart wells. He has published more than 30 scientific papers published in conferences and peer reviewed journals subscribed to important professional organizations like IEEE, SPE and IFAC.

Daniel Flores

Daniel Flores received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2005 and a M.Sc. degree in Applied Physics in 2013, both from the University of Zulia in Maracaibo, Venezuela. He is currently working towards a Ph.D. degree in Engineering in the same university, with expected graduation in 2018, and his research topic is the development of a typhlotechnology-based coder to synthesize images in sound in order to help blind people to perceive their environment in real time.

He has been an associate professor of the Electrical Engineering School of the University of Zulia from 2008, in the area of Applied Electromagnetism. He has taken part of various research projects, either as a principal or assistant researcher, in the areas of electromagnetic characterization of materials, design of antennas and data analysis and coding. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), where he received awards RRR 2009 and RRR 2010 as the advisor of the second best research. One of his papers was also recognized as the best research in the 2011 International Congress of Oil and Gas.

In addition, from 2006 Daniel has been a consulting engineer for mobile telephone operators, electric service companies, hospital, manufacturers of electronic devices, where he has carried out design of antennas, design of specialized electric systems, signal analysis and training of specialized technicians.

Rodolfo Mejía

Rodolfo Mejía received a BS degree in Electronic Engineering in 1996, from the University Rafael Belloso Chacín in Maracaibo, Venezuela. He has more than 18 years of professional experience in Telecommunications and IT field. During his professional career, Rodolfo has held several positions in different industries such as: Mobile Operators, Oil and Gas, Mining and Telecom Services Providers. He has specifically worked in the planning, design, implementation, integration, operation and maintenance of telecommunication networks.

Rodolfo has taken several technical courses in the area of wireless communication and telecommunication networks, and is currently working towards a MS degree in Applied Physics in the University of Zulia, with expected graduation in 2018. His areas of interest are Applied Electromagnetism, Signal Processing in Communication Systems and Design and Integration of RF and Microwave devices.

Jacobo Ramírez

Jacobo Ramírez received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and a MS degree in Applied Mathematics in 2001 and 2008, respectively, both from the University of Zulia in Maracaibo, Venezuela. He is currently working towards a Ph.D. degree in Engineering in the same university, with expected graduation in 2018, and his research area is adaptive control of a wind turbine driven permanent magnet generator.

He has been an associate professor of the Electrical Engineering School of the University of Zulia from 2005, and his main research areas are automation and control of dynamic systems. In the same university he is also the coordinator of the Master of Engineering Program in Process Control from 2016, and he is responsible of a funded project for the creation of a laboratory in assisted physical rehab, developing different prototypes of devices for assisted physical rehab with graphical interfaces. He was also selected for participating in the Third International Course of Applied Robotics, funded by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, in 2007, in Mexico City, Mexico.

Before becoming professor, he was a project engineer in the areas of process control and automation, working in integration of systems, PLC programming and configuration, testing of control loops, and startup of plants in the oil and petrochemical industries

Leonel Guarucano

Leonel Guarucano received a BS degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Engineering degree in Process Control, in 2003 and 2016, respectively, both from the University of Zulia in Maracaibo, Venezuela. In his master thesis he worked in the real time implementation of advanced strategies for the control of petrochemical processes.

During 16 years of experience as professional engineer, he has held different positions as engineer and supervisor in the areas of process automation and control in several plants of the Venezuelan Petrochemical Industry (PEQUIVEN), in El Tablazo headquarters. In particular, he has been the leader of different projects related to the migration of distributed control systems (DCS) and safety instrumented systems, integration of systems from different technologies using various communication protocols. He has also participated in projects related to ISO9000 Quality Management System and the implementation of operator training simulation (OTS) systems. He has also taken several technical courses in the areas of process automation and control, distributed control systems and safety instrumented systems.

Andry Contreras

Andry Contreras received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering in 2009 and a MS degree in Applied Physics in 2012, both from the University of Zulia in Maracaibo, Venezuela. He is currently working towards a Ph.D. degree in Engineering in the same university, with expected graduation in 2020, and his research area is the optimal design of ultrawideband antennas for communication systems. He has been an assistant professor of the Electrical Engineering School of the University of Zulia from 2010, in the areas of communication systems, optical fiber and microwave transmission, and electric circuits. His research area is applied electromagnetism and signal processing with applications to antennas and propagation. He has participated in various congresses and robotic competitions both in Venezuela and internationally.

Josimar Tello

Josimar Tello received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering in 2009 and a MS degree in Applied Mathematics in 2012, both from the University of Zulia in Maracaibo, Venezuela. She is currently working towards a Ph.D. degree in Engineering in the same university, with expected graduation in 2020, and her research area is the optimal operation of great scale hybrid power systems. She has been an assistant professor of the Electrical Engineering School of the University of Zulia from 2010, in the areas of power systems engineering and electric machines. Her research area is power systems optimization, energy efficiency and alternative energies.

Jean Felicioni

Jean Felicioni received a BS degree in Chemical Engineering in 1996, from the University of Zulia in Maracaibo, Venezuela. During 13 years in PDVSA, he has worked in infrastructure planning and development, chemical treatment and process evaluation.

Specifically, he has participated in projects, being the leader in some of them, related to: development of new networks for handling crude and gas, design and construction supervision of oil and gas pipelines in Maracaibo’s lake, design of infrastructure for artificial gas lift systems, optimization and expansion of existent infrastructure, design of chemical treatment for acid crudes, handling of wastes produced by water-based and oil-based muds and drilling cuts, among others. In addition, Jean has experience using simulators for process evaluation, equipment design and infrastructure development such as Pipephase, Pro II and Flomatic.