Peruvian Scientists Quien es: Hugo Hernández


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Dr. Hernández Figueroa, was born in Lima, Peru, on the 29th of January of 1959. He received the title Engenheiro Eletrônico, from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, in 1983, the M. Sc. degree (with thesis) in Electrical Engineering (antennas and propagation) in 1986 and the M. Sc. degree (with thesis) in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (numerical analysis) in 1988, both from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC/RJ), Brazil, and received the Ph. D. degree in Physics (optical fibers/integrated optics) in 1992, from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London, London, UK.
From 1984 to 1986, he was a Research Assistant at PUC/RJ, Computer Science Department. From 1985 to 1989, he was an Assistant Professor at the Military Institute of Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. From 1992 to 1995, he was a Senior Research Fellow at University College London (UCL), University of London, London, UK, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. In March 1995, he joined the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (FEEC), Department of Microwaves and Optics (DMO), as an Associate Professor. He was a Visitor Professor at University of New Mexico, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Albuquerque, NM, USA, between January and March of 1998. He is also a consultant for several Telecommunication Companies. Between 1996-1998, he was Vice-President of the Brazilian Electromagnetics Society (SBMAG), and between 1998-2000 he was Vice-President of the Brazilian Microwave and Optoelectronics Society (SBMO).
Dr. Hernández Figueroa is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (Including the following societies: Antennas and Propagation (AP), Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), Microwaves Theory and Techniques (MTT), Lasers and Electro-Optics (LEOS), Communications and Education). He is a Founder Member of the International Compumag Society, and an active Member of the Optical Society of America (OSA). He is also the IEEE MTT-S Representative for Latin America, and was the President of the IEEE MTT-S and ES Chapters linked to IEEE South Brazil Section, and AdCom member of the IEEE Education Society.
Dr. Hernández Figueroa has published over 120 papers in international journals and conferences. He is a regular referee for the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE Transactions on Microwaves Theory and Techniques, and several other top international journals and conferences. He has also served as general chairman and organizer of several international conferences and editor of several special issues in top technical journals. He has delivered innumerous invited talks at Conferences and Institutions in the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Italy, Peru, and several other countries.
He founded the International Conference on Engineering and Computer Education (ICECE), whose first version was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 11-14, 1999, The second version was held in São Paulo, Brazil, August 27-30, The third version will be held in São Vicente, São Paulo, Brazil, March 16-19, 2003, He was the Microwave and Optoelectronics Editor of the Brazilian Telecommunications Society Journal, between 1998 and 2001. In 2000, Dr. Hernández Figueroa was awarded the IEEE Third Millennium Medal for his outstanding contributions in engineering research and education. He has also been appointed as member of the technical committee of the Integrated Photonics Research Symposium, which is an Optical Society of America Topical Meeting, for the period 2000-2003. He is the Coordinator of the Optical Communications Area of CEPOF (Photonics and Optics Excellence Research Center, This year, in November, he was appointed Member of the Electromagnetics Academy, held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), "in recognition of his scholarly accomplishments and significant contributions to the field of Electromagnetics and its various applications".
Presently, Dr. Hernández Figueroa is the Head of DMO and the leader of the PWG (photonics and wireless group), which comprises about 20 members, including post-docs, Ph D and M. Sc. students. Novel and efficient algorithms have been produced for the modeling of a wide variety of photonic and wireless devices, which include, Doped Fiber and Waveguide Amplifiers, Band Gap and Nanotechnology structures. Recently, facilities and expertise for the fabrication of those devices are being actively built under his supervision, and will soon be part of the PWG's research lines. He is also involved in research projects dealing with distance learning, virtual labs, multimedia and web based technology.



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