I arrived in Manchester to study a PhD in mechanical engineering, to enhance my personal and professional development. I am currently the Dean for Global Engagement in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Queen Mary University of London. I am also Professor in Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Materials Sciences at the same institution.
I have published over 100 peer reviewed papers. I was a Professor at the University of Manchester and Director of the Latin American Programme in the same university. I was the honorary representative of Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology (known ase CONACYT) in the UK for more than 10 years. In this role I helped develop new strategies and policies to facilitate the internationalisation (in terms of scholarships and research projects) for the council and the Mexican government. For many years I have been dedicated to facilitating the pathway for thousands of students from disadvantaged backgrounds to undertake postgraduate programmes in the UK, and recently also at undergraduate level. This has included the negotiation of a scholarship for a Mexican student to undertake his PhD programme with Andre Geim, Nobel Prize 2010 winner in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics.
I have been awarded the Ohtli and Lázaro Cárdenas Medal awards. I am part of the International Advisory Council at the Autonomous University of Baja California and I am Visiting Professor at Durham University. Mexico is always present in my life through the creation and development of initiatives that enable Mexican students, in particular those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to study in the UK.