Bachelor and Industrial Engineering in1980
Industrial engineering School of the Polytechnic University of Madrid
IEEE Division VI is a mix of horizontal Societies, that develop competences, activities and engineering in several aspects that can serve in any Electrical Engineering field and activity. I am member of all the Division Societies as well as I was active to very in several of them, from the administration and technical point of view.
My vision is that inside Division VI we must focus on the sustainability of the Societies, Chapters and Student Branch Chapters. Our Chapters are now in a cornerstone, in a general downsize, and increasing the number and the volatility of our Student Branch Chapters is a new opportunity to develop activities there and engage our members and students in synergy with our Division’s vision.
Division VI Societies have a vast wealth of expertise in knowledge domains that have common interest across IEEE (ethics, communication, management, reliability, product safety, education), being major source-of-revenue and services such as exploring new service areas like conference co-sponsorship, courses or publications. Together we must have more presence and visibility.
Manuel Castro (M'87–SM'94–F'08) received the Industrial Engineering degree and the Ph.D. degree in Engineering from the ETSII/Madrid Polytechnic University, Spain. He has received the Extraordinary Doctoral Award in the UPM and the Viesgo 1988 Award to the Doctoral Thesis improving the Scientific Research about the Industrial Process Electricity Application, as well as the 1997 and 1999 years UNED's Social Council Award for the Best Didactic Materials in Experimental Sciences and the 2001 Award for the Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning & Technology from the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. He works as researcher, coordinator and director in different projects, ranging from systems applications of simulation techniques, solar system and advanced microprocessor system simulation to telematics and distance learning applications and systems, as well as computer-aided electrical engineering (CAEE), acting now as and senior technical director.
He is now with the UNED (Spanish University for Distance Education) as Professor of Electronics Technology and Director of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He was previously UNED's New Technologies Vice-Rector, UNED's Information Services Center Director, Research and Doctorate Vice-director, Academic Affairs Vice-director of the Engineering School at UNED. He worked during 5 years in Digital Equipment Corporation as senior system engineer. He publishes different technical, research and teaching books and articles for journals and conferences as well as multimedia materials, radio, TV programs and webinars.
He belongs to the organizing committee of IEEE EDUCON (Chair of the Steering Committee), IEEE EDUNINE, IEEE FIE (International and Europe Chair, 2000-2006), ISES, TAEE and SAAEI conferences as well as program and planning committees' member and reviewer and chairman of several ones. He was co-chair of the conference EDUCON 2010, TAEE 2010, ICECE 2005, FIE 2014, REV 2016 and EDUNINE 2017. He is co-editor of IEEE-RITA and of the Electronic Journal of Spanish Chapter of the IEEE Education Society.
He is Fellow member of IEEE (for contributions to distance learning in electrical and computer engineering education) and member of the Administration Committee (AdCOM) (2005–2012) of the IEEE Education Society and President (2013-2014) of the IEEE Education Society; Founder and Past-Chairman (2004-2006) of the Spanish Chapter of the IEEE Education Society, and Chair of the IEEE Spain Section (2010-2011). IEEE Region 8 Educational Activities Subcommittee Chair (2015-2016). He has been awarded with the the IEEE EDUNINE 2017 Meritorious Service Award, 2012 TAEE (Tecnologías Aplicadas a la Enseñanza de la Electrónica) to the Professional Life, the IEEE EDUCON 2011 Meritorious Service Award (jointly with Edmundo Tovar); 2010 Distinguished Member Award of the IEEE Education Society; 2009 Edwin C. Jones, Jr. Meritorious Service Award of the IEEE Education Society; with the 2006 Distinguished Chapter Leadership Award and for the collective work inside the Spanish Chapter of the IEEE Education Society with the 2011 Best Chapter Award (by the IEEE Region 8) and with the 2007 Chapter Achievement Award (by the IEEE Education Society). He is member of the Board of the Spanish International Solar Energy Society (ISES).
A rich collaborative and engaged life at IEEE combined with other professional engineering societies activities bring my best reference and qualifications. I have been actively involved (and started to push towards sustainability) in leading Student Branch, Section, Chapters and Society, while having a good overview of the IEEE activities in MGA, EA and TA as well as collaborating in other IEEE activities such as Standards and Accreditation.
Keeping in mind the Institute’s many accomplishments and diversified needs, a major effort of my volunteer activities has been in the management and sustainability of organizational units and its activities aimed to provide members with professional development opportunities that lead to leadership positions.
Industrial engineering School of the Polytechnic University of Madrid
Industrial engineering School of the Polytechnic University of Madrid been specialized in Electrical Engineering (Electronic and Control).
Master Thesis Project: "Modelización y Simulación de la Central Solar de Almería, CESA-I". Director: Juan Peire Arroba. Grade: with Honors
Polytechnic University of Madrid, with the study of technical and social impact of solar renewal central electric grid integration
Doctoral Thesis: "Simulación de Centrales de Producción de Energía Eléctrica a partir de la Energía Solar. Aplicación a la Gestión Energética". Director: Juan Peire Arroba. Grade: Apto "Cum Laude" (with Honors).
Doctoral Thesis for the Scientific Research about Electrical Applications in the Industrial Process, awarded by the Fundación CEOE and ELECTRA DE VIESGO
In the last 8 years I served as representative of the UNED Full Professors in the UNED Council as well as in the UNED Senate and in the major committees.
Previously I served as Head of the Department at DIEEC/UNED, Madrid, Spain, from 2013-2017 and from 2005-2010.
Previosuly, I served as Director at Computing and Communication Service Department, at UNED, Madrid, Spain.
Previously I served as Academic Vice-director at ETSII/UNED, Madrid, Spain, 1999-2002,and as Research and Doctorate Vice-director at ETSII/UNED, Madrid, Spain, 1996-1997.
During this period more than fifty research and developing projects, sponsored by different companies and public agencies, from Spanish and European Community initiatives, serving as project manager and responsible
From 1988 to 1993 Dr. Castro joined Digital Equipment Corporation in Madrid, Spain, sharing the working time dedicated to the University. During this period Dr. Castro had been involved as Senior System Engineer from 1988 to 1991 and from 1991 to 1993 as Senior Technical coordinator, basically in the Finance Group, having a strong relationship in the technical definition and selling of highly integrated solution (systems, components and networks) for the different large accounts of the Finance Group (BBV, Banesto, Popular, Privanza, etc.).
In 1986, Digital Equipment Corporation external teacher qualification, Madrid, Spain.
Previously, from 1983 to 1989, Lecturer, at ETSII/UNED, Madrid, Spain.
In 1983, Basic researcher fellowship at DIE/UPM, Madrid, Spain.
Manuel Alonso Castro Gil, professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, inside the Industrial Engineering High School at UNED (Spanish University of Distance Education), has been elevated to President Emeritus inside the IEEE Education Society, the first outside United States of America.
Claudio da Rocha President of the IEEE Education Society (2017) present his nomination in the last Board of Governors meeting of the IEEE Education Society based on his “exceptional service and outstanding leadership as 2013-2014 President".
Manuel Alonso Castro Gil, IEEE Fellow and Past President Sr of the IEEE Education Society, has been appointed as Honor embassador of Madrid convention Bureau, together with edmundo Tovar, Profssor of the Madrid Polytechnical University, in the 10th edition of the Recognition Night.
This special recognition follow the activities to promote technical conferences in Madrid in the last years (EDUCON and TAEE 2010, FIE 2014, REV 2016 and now projecting LWMOOCs 2018). In 2014 they were appointed as Embassadors of Madrid Convention Bureau.
2017 recipient of the IEEE EDUNINE Meritorious Service Award is Manuel Castro for outstanding contributions to the administrative and management efforts for the IEEE EDUNINE conference.http://edunine.eu/edunine2017/
The first edition of IEEE EDUNINE (World Engineering Education Conference) was celebrated in Santos, Brazil, in a effort of the IEEE Education Society to have a regular conference worldwide, joining this conference to FIE, EDUCON and TALE conferences.