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Expert in Sensing & Measurements, Quantum Mechanics, Solid State, & Thermal & Optical Technology

Expert ID: 722286 Spain

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Expert received his Ph.D. in condensed-matter physics. He used quantum mechanics and Surface Green Function techniques to calculate electronic states and electronic bands at metallic superlattices, discovering, for example, the existence--under determined conditions-of the so-called Fermi beaches with high density of levels just at the Fermi level. ("Fermi beaches" is a term that he proposed to describe a phenomenon that arises in multilayers under certain conditions). He has also experience in other solid state areas, such as synthesizing and measuring high temperature superconductors.

Expert has been professor of computer-aided design (CAD) for more than five years. He has implemented CAD systems for companies and institutions. For example, he has developed and managed the "ITP Design Room" for two years, training engineers in the use of CAD techniques oriented to Rolls Royce standards for turbomachinery and design of aircraft engines. He also has expertise in using other computer methods and software for engineering, such as finite element software. He has used these for modal analysis, mechanical simulation, and mechanical testing and design. For example, he modeled the vibration modes for a mass-flowmeter and a dynamometric wheel. Minimum constrain design and safety in machines (ergonomy) have also been included in his work.

Expert has broad expertise in acoustics, including environmental and architectural acoustics, and the uses of acoustics for measurement and testing. He has taught a course in "acoustical engineering" at a university and has developed demonstrative prototypes and practices. He has designed and optimized isolating walls, elements, and entire buildings, such as multicinemas. This task was done using both techniques for acoustical measurement and computing and simulation. Also, he has developed several new and useful devices based on properties of sound. Examples include a distance-tachometer for measuring the velocity of an engine at distance and a device for measuring the volume of a cavity.

Expert has designed and installed air conditioning and refrigerating facilities for all kind of buildings, particularly for hotels, convention halls, and manufacturing facilities. He has solved particularly difficult challenges: for instance, large sizes, humidity control, or regulation of industrial processes with high heat generation. He has also invented a system, proven to be very efficient, to provide sterile, conditioned air. As a further example, he has designed a system for cleaning air and evacuate pollutants from a polyurethane foam production line in Castille (Spain). Chemicals are thus removed from work places at a very low cost, with very high reliability and complete safety.

Expert, a mechanical engineer, has taught a course in mechanical design for three years in a doctorate program. He has also given courses on mechanism design in the General Motors educational program and for the European Community. He has designed and built many mechanisms that are now working in industry for automated assembly and specific tasks. The use of minimum constraints principles has led him to make low-cost and very reliable designs. Electronic regulation, sensors, and monitoring of the machine are eventually included to enhance the characteristics of these machines. He has given lectures in safety and ergonomics and has implemented safety and quality programs for vehicle component manufacturers. He has broadly used computer-aided design and engineering programs to develop precision mechanisms and useful machines. He has managed the ITP Design School program for the Rolls Royce ITP company.

Expert has a broad expertise in data acquisition and automated data acquisition, processing, and regulation. Being both an engineer and a physicist, he has dealt with precision, accuracy, and repeatability problems, with implementation and design of automated data acquisition systems, and has used them as worktools. In particular, he has dealt with digital signal processing (DSP) and simultaneously acquired channels (by using sample holders) for phase and time delay measurements. He has designed and built devices for measuring and testing, such as a device for measuring pollutant concentrations in exhaust gases in vehicles, and a dynamometric wheel.

Expert has designed integral energy management systems for buildings, including an isolating and climate-control system. In particular he has recently designed an eco-efficient multipurpose cultural building that is now under construction in Madrid. The building includes solar energy, natural gas generation, passive accumulation, and computerized management of the system.

Expert, an engineer and physicist, has worked and researched during more than 10 years in the areas of cooling, refrigerating systems, and fresh produce storage. In particular, he has invented a refrigerating system useful for trucks, sea-containers, and fixed chambers, which maintains fresh produce properties for longer periods than conventional systems. He also has expertise in all kind of cooling devices like Peltier devices or evaporative towers. He also has experience with cryogenics, the use of liquid nitrogen, and cryomechanics. In particular, he worked on superconducting magnets at liquid helium temperature at CERN (Switzerland), and with high temperature superconductors at liquid nitrogen temperature at Uc3m University. Therefore he has familiarity with refrigerant piping and chamber design, road transport, and long term storage.

Expert has worked on both simulation and finite element computing of mechanical stress in components and on stress measurement by using extensiometric gauges. He has simulated stresses for different mechanisms and devices such as railway wheels, mass-flow meters, and tubes. He has also used gauges and stress measurements for a system detecting resonance coincidence in vibration and rotation for automotive wheels, or in a dynamometric wheel able to measure transversal forces in a wheel.

Expert is an expert on air quality, and humidity control and its regulation. He has designed and developed systems for preservation of artworks at regulated humidity. He has also worked on humidity regulation under extreme conditions such as high or low temperatures or "rare" air with altered composition. He has also invented a system for sterilizing and climate-controlling air, which is useful for hospitals and operating theaters. This system absolutely eliminates viruses, bacteria, fungi, and spores.

Expert has much experience in measurement and testing. Particularly, he has developed instruments and systems for nondestructive and remote testing and measurement. Examples include a remote acoustic tachometer, a frequency vibration-oscillation detector, a mass-flowmeter, a device for measuring pollutant concentrations at distance, and a dynamometric wheel.

Expert has worked on both low-temperature and high-temperature superconductors. For example, he contributed to the design of niobium superconducting magnets at CERN, and has synthesized and used YBaCuO superconductors for building non-contact superconductor-magnet bearings. He has also worked on theoretical electronic properties of superconductors.

Expert, a physicist and mechanical engineer, has conducted research and development for more than 11 years, working at large projects and facilities like the LHC at CERN or CSIC, and at universities and at private companies devoted to patents and research and development. He has focused on applying scientific advances to commercial or industrial problems. He has demonstrated the ability to take advantage of his multidisciplinary education to solve complex or difficult problems or to invent devices or processes. Examples of these solutions are devices for measurement, such as a distance tachometer or a dynamometric wheel; industrial facilities such as ovens for a continuous production or a system for evacuating gases from a polyurethane foam production line; patented inventions like a sterile air conditioning system or a system for fresh produce long-term storage.
He has also experience in technical audits for companies, improving processes and methods of manufacturing.

Expert optimized the wall design for multicinemas:
The client, building and construction company, had a design for a multicinema center. The walls were too thick and expensive. Expert modeled and computed the acoustical dynamics, airborne transmissions and isolations in the center and optimized the wall design, changing materials, and construction methods, and reduced costs by 60-70% bringing a savings of about 1 million Euros. This has been repeated twice for this company.He decreased air pollution in a work area: A chemical company had a problem with air pollution in the work place. It caused both environmental and health problems.
The source of the gases and the characteristics of the building made it a very complex problem of air flow dynamics. Some other consultants had proposed very expensive systems with a high number of fans and no certainty of success. However, he was able to design a "one fan" model systemizing air flows and installing an inexpensive system of polyethylene of curtains. Measurements made by an independent lab confirmed the reduction of pollution levels below the allowed limits and confirmed the overall performance of the system. The total cost was 20-25% of those proposed by other consultants.Expert invented and developed a system for measurements of volume in cavities:
A company manufacturing glass instruments for laboratories needed a cheap, fast, and reliable system for calibrating volumes. He analyzed the problem, selected the useful physical properties, and proposed a method based on Helmholtz resonance to measure volumes. Furthermore, he performed applied research to develop the system and build a prototype.He automated a production line: A company with a line for manufacturing polyurethane cylinders needed an automated system for tracking a polyethylene film with a 3D continous variation and regulation. He designed and built an automated system reducing the need from 12 people to one person for the proccess (just to look and supervise), increasing speed by 50% and standardizing the quality of the proccess.Other examples of his work include: he developed a dynamometric universal wheel for the measurement of forces acting on a rolling wheel, based on the use of extensiometric gauges; he designed ovens for continuous production of bread with an increase of 180% of production speed; he designed and built a new refrigeration system for fresh produce transport increasing by 200% the time of storage available; and he designed and tested a device for providing sterile and climate-controlled air to a room.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1997 Degree: Engineer Subject: Mechanical Engineer Institution: UNED Spain
Year: 1995 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Physical Sciences Institution: Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Year: 1991 Degree: Licenciado (five-year degree) Subject: Physical Sciences Institution: Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1998 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: A Founder, & Research Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Expert is responsible for a five-person team doing engineering and applied reasearch. He has successfully developed new automated industrial processes, devices and prototypes. He manages and leads these projects.
Years: 1995 to 2002 Employer: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Title: Full Profesor (Profesor Titular de Universidad) Department: Mechanical Engineer Responsibilities: Expert conducted research on mechanical engineering, measurement and sensing, acoustics, and industry design.
He taught design, drafting, geometry, CAD, mechanics, and acoustics. He managed a team of 14-16 teachers and supervised 10 groups of students (totaling about 730 students). He founded and managed the "ITP Design Room" sponsored by ITP (Rolls-Royce group) and developed a General Motors distance course on design given by Kettering University in Michigan.
Years: 1998 to 1999 Employer: Elzaburu Title: Technical Traslator Department: Patents Responsibilities: He did technical traslation (English and French to Spanish) of patents and "utility models" mainly pertaining to mechanical engineering, electronics, measurements, and consumer goods.
Years: 1995 to 1995 Employer: Universidad Complutense de Madrid Title: Profesor Ayudante de Universidad Department: Física Teórica Responsibilities: He taught algebra and quantum physics.
Years: 1992 to 1995 Employer: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Title: Becario Department: Material Sciences Responsibilities: He performed research on magnetic multilayer electronic quantum mechanics. Under the supervision of Dr. M.C. Munoz, he modeled Cu/Co and other multilayers and studied magnetic coupling among speced layers. He proposed the existence of "Fermi beaches," a specific phenomena of superlattices.
Years: 1992 to 1993 Employer: Spanish Air Forces Title: Alferez (Officer) Department: Mando de Apoyo Logístico Responsibilities: He managed a team of 12 typists, drafters, and techincal engineers in the office for facilities of the Spanish Air Forces.
Years: 1991 to 1991 Employer: CERN (European Center for Nuclear Research) Title: Summer Student Department: Accelerator Technology, & Magnet Engineering Responsibilities: Under the supervission of Dr. Siegel, he modeled and computed the dynamics of superconducting magnets (dipoles and quadrupoles) and their tolerances.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2000 to 2001 Agency: European Comission; Growth Program in the Fifth Framework Program Role: Project Evaluator and Extended Panel Member Description: Expert analyzed and evaluated proposals of projects in measurement and testing for the 5th framework program for R&D in the European Commission.
As a member of the extended pannel, he also analyzed and evaluated the overall proccess of evaluation and suggested improvements for optimizing the process.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1991 to 1991 Country / Region: Switzerland Summary: As a summer student at CERN, he contributed to the design of the superconducting magnet called "tuning quadrupole" for the Large Hadron Collider.
Years: 1999 to 1999 Country / Region: USA Summary: Expert managed a course on "Design for Industry" in the Kettering University for the General Motors educational program.
Years: 2000 to 2001 Country / Region: Belgium Summary: He analyzed and evaluated proposals of projects in measurement and testing for the 5th Framework program for R&D in the European Commission. As a member of the extended pannel, he also analyzed and evaluated the overall process of evaluation and suggested improvements for optimizing the process.
Years: 1998 to 1998 Country / Region: Germany Summary: Expert was invited by the Bosch company to visit the "Frankfurt Messe" to propose a system for remote and real-time measurement of pollutants in exhaust gases from vehicles.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a member of Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros Industriales de Madrid, Colegio Oficial de Fisicos, and Sociedad Española de Ingeniería Mecánica.
Licenses / Certifications
He holds a license for installing and maintenance of refrigeration facilities, and for installing electrical facilities.
Awards / Recognition
Expert received the "Promocion de fisicos 1960" award.
Publications and Patents Summary
He has published 24 papers, two books and has four patents.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Expert has presented several courses. In those listed below, the term "manager" is used to indicate that he directed a course that had a certain duration and involved other teachers, including himself, and/or assistants for practical lessons. He usually designed the course, the laboratory experiments, and wrote the notes for it.

"FSE" stands for "Fondo Social Europeo" (European Social Funds) and is a program funded by the European Comission to contribute for the development of certain areas in the European Community.

Acoustics (Manager). Physicists Professional Association, Minister of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain. November 3-18, 2000.

Design Engineering (Manager). General Motors. Kettering University, Michigan, United States. September 6-20th, 1999.

Automotive Vehicles. Universidad Carlos III . May 4th-June 28th, 1999.

Industrial Acoustics (Manager). FSE. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. October, 1999.

Industrial Design (Manager). FSE. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, June 16th-July 14th, 1999.

Metrology Quality in Industry. FSE. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. September 1997-October 1998.

Computer Dynamics of Complex Systems (Manager). FSE. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. September-October, 1998.

Data Acquisition Using Labview. Dtpo. Ing. Mecánica. Universidad Carlos III Madrid. November 4-6, 1998.

Metrology in Data Acquisition. Universidad Carlos III Madrid. November 26, 1998.

Quality Assesment, Standarization and Machine Certification. FSE. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. June 1996, September 1996, and July 1997.

Industrial Acoustics (Manager) FSE. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. September 1997.

Vehicle Recovering and Recycling. FSE. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. September, 1997.

Acoustical Pollution. FSE. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. October 1995, July 1995, June 1996.

Quality Assesment in MOT. FSE. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. July 1996.

Quality Assesment in Machine Tools. FSE. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. July 1996, September 1996.

Magnetic Coupling in Metallic Multilayers. Centro de Magnetismo Aplicado "Salvador Velayos", Las Rozas (Madrid). February 22nd, 1995.

Noise and Isolation Measurements. Federación Provincial de Empresarios de Hostelería de Toledo. March 15th 1994.

Chiral Molecules and Quantum Mechanics. Departamento de Física teórica de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. April 30th, 1991.

The Tuning Quadrupole. CERN. Geneva, Switzerland. August 1991.
Vendor Selection
Locating vendors and suppliers has been one of his tasks from 1991 in almost all the work he has performed.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert worked as an expert in the evaluation and prospectives for small- and medium-sized companies at Castille for the European Comission from May to September, 2001.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English A native Spanish speaker, Expert can speak, write, and read English, which he has done at Kettering, CERN or the European Commission, for example. Furthermore he has given several scientific talks in English and published a large number of papers in English. Moreover he has visited several times both the U.K. (giving a course in Cambridge University) and the U.S.
French He is able to read and even write in French and understand a clearly-spoke and not-too-fast French. He is able to speak only a slow and basic French, which he had occasion to use both in Switzerland and Paris.
German He is able to read German; he is able to write only elementary text.
Italian and Portuguese He is able to read Italian and Portuguese, and understand spoken Italian and Portuguese.

Fields of Expertise

condensed-matter physics, solid-state electronics science, solid-state physics, computer-aided design and drafting, computer-aided engineering, computer-aided mechanical design, acoustic emission sensing, acoustic insulation, acoustic measurement, acoustic signal processing, acoustical engineering, acoustics, architectural acoustics, environmental acoustics, air cooling system, air-conditioning equipment, industrial air conditioning, assembly machine design, automated manufacturing, design engineering, engineering design automation, factory automation, industrial automation, industrial machine design, mechanical device design, mechanical engineering, automated data collection, data acquisition, building energy management, conventional refrigeration, cooling equipment, industrial refrigeration, refrigerant piping, refrigerated transport, mechanical stress, humidity, hygrometry applications engineering, nondestructive testing, superconductivity, research and development, antimicrobial preservation, industrial systems engineering, automated machinery, modal analysis, assembly automation, mechanical durability, machine shop, automatic handling, acoustic scattering, building technology, refrigerant leak detection, machine installation, automobile air conditioning compressor, infrared light curtain, acoustic feedback, chiller system, automated filling, food research and development, crane design, relaxation time, electromagnetic rotor, broken symmetry state, computer-aided design software, refrigeration equipment, freezer, surface physics, mechanical reliability, condenser, dry ice, laser design, bearing design, refrigeration thermodynamics, cooling system characteristic, filling machine, building mechanical system, precision machine design, device patenting, material characterization process, reverse engineering, analog device, automated assembly, energy-efficient cooling tower, energy-efficient thermal insulation material, computer-aided manufacturing, very low-temperature refrigeration, low-temperature refrigeration, automated inspection, machine design, engineering design productivity, building design, engineering acoustics, mechanical property testing, acoustic emission, house, cryopreservation, solid phase, factory integration, electromechanical device, solid-state device, process inventing, aeroacoustics, container, food, industrial engineering, refrigeration, transport refrigeration, structural mechanics, refrigeration cycle, refrigerant, refrigerant compressor, perishable food, mechanical refrigeration, low-temperature testing, indoor air quality, thermal insulation product, food preservation, fire safety, evaporator, crystalline structure, cooling fan, conventional cooling, control system, commercial refrigerator, anechoic chamber, actuator, acoustical engineering application, acoustic parametric amplifier, acoustic analysis

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