Guest Speakers

Miguel Alcubierre Moya

Prof. Alcubierre obtained his BSc in Physics from the Faculty of Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and a PhD in Physics from the University of Wales in Cardiff, United Kingdom. 

Prof. Alcubierre worked for several years as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam, Germany. He is a Professor at the Institute of Nuclear Sciences, UNAM, and Director of the same institute since June 2012. His area of ​​research is numerical relativity, that is, the computational simulation of astrophysical systems using Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

Within this area he has concentrated on the simulation of gravitational waves sources, particularly the collision of two black holes. He is author of more than 50 publications, as well as a textbook published by Oxford University Press. In 2009 he received the «Medal of Merit in Science» awarded by the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City, and in 2011 he received the «Quo-Discovery Minds» recognition granted by the Quo magazine and the Discovery Channel.

Ana Maria Cetto Kramis

PhD in Physics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), MSc in Biophysics from Harvard University. 

Ana Maria Cetto is a Professor at the Institute of Physics (UNAM). She has been a visiting professor at several universities abroad. Her main line of research is the foundations of quantum mechanics, an area in which she has contributed substantially to establish quantization as an emerging phenomenon. She has also made central contributions to the knowledge of scientific publications in Latin America. She has 250 publications, including eleven books and 110 research articles.

Prof. Cetto has been head of the Department of Physics and Director of the Faculty of Sciences of UNAM (1978-1982), Director of the Mexican Journal of Physics, project coordinator for the Museum of Light (UNAM) and member of various advisory committees. At the international level, she has been General Secretary of the International Council for Science (ICSU), member of the Governing Board of the United Nations University (UNU), president of the Council of the International Foundation for Science (IFS), and 2003 to 2010, deputy general director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA, Nobel Peace Prize 2005).

Gerardo F. Torres del Castillo

Prof. Gerardo F. Torres has a distinguished career in the area of ​​mathematical physics. He is an academic at the Faculty of Physical Mathematics of the Autonomous University of Puebla (BUAP), where he has taught since 1979.

Prof. Gerardo has published more than 170 research articles, 70 of them about Classical Mechanics. Recently, Springer Science+Business Media recognized that his book “Differentiable Manifolds”, published in 2012, is one of the most consulted texts in the field of mathematics, with more than 14600 downloads on his website.

In 1991, Prof. Torres received the Academic Medal awarded by the Mexican Society of Physics. In 1996, he obtained the Science Prize for Young Researchers from the Academy of Scientific Research in the area of ​​Exact Sciences. In 2008, the Polytechnic University of Puebla instituted an award with his name.

Víctor Manuel Romero Rochín

Dr. Víctor Manuel Romero Rochín has been part of IFUNAM for almost 30 years, whereas today he exercises as a C type researcher and a professor.

Dr. Romero’s areas of expertise are those in quantum physics and thermodynamics. He is a member of the Institute of Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Institute of Materials Research, both part of UNAM. From 1999 to 2003 he functioned as Chief of the Department of Complex Systems at IFUNAM.

His efforts as an educator have contributed in the development of countless PhD graduates, but also in the achievement of multiple laureates in the International Physics Olympiad. He has published 90 articles, which has been cited over 1200 times overseas; among the awards and prizes he has received for himself are the National University Distinction for Young Academics, the Research in Exact Sciences Prize and the Mexican Society of Physics Prize to Scientific Research. Pie de foto: He received his PhD degree in Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) by developing a thesis about Brownian motion and weak coupling in classical and quantum systems.

María-Ester Brandan

Dr. María-Ester Brandan is University Professor in the Physics Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Her past and present work include a large variety of topics in experimental nuclear physics, radiation dosimetry and medical physics. She was the founder and coordinator for 20 years of the UNAM M.Sc. (Medical Physics) program aimed at specializing physicists into medical applications. She is an outstanding member of the scientific community: Brandan has participated in about 140 scientific publications and her h-index is 28. She is the current Treasurer of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the American Physical Society, of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, and a member of TWAS, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World. She has been President of the Nuclear Physics and the Medical Physics Divisions of the Mexican Physics Society. Her current research projects deal with techniques that use contrast medium to emphasize the visualization of lesions and properties of breast tissues, and the use of solid-state dosimeters to measure radiation properties beyond the dose.

She has been awarded the Mexican Physics Society Medal for the Development of Physics in Mexico and received the UNAM 2013 Premio Universidad Nacional in the area of Research in Exact Sciences. Currently she serves as a commissioner in the International Commission on Radiation Units & Measurements (ICRU).

Erica Caden

Dr. Caden completed her PhD at Drexel University in Philadelphia, P, USA working on the Double Chooz Experiment, studying neutrino directionality in a liquid scintillator detector. Following this, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Laurentian University working on calibration source shielding and hardware development for SNO+. As a Research Scientist at SNOLAB, she works on the SNO+, HALO, and nEXO experiments. Dr. Caden was the SNO+ detector manager until 2019, leading the everyday working of the experiment through its initial commissioning and water-physics phase. She currently serves on many internal committees for both SNO+ and nEXO, as well as on the Science Council for the Institute of Particle Physics in Canada.

One of Dr. Caden’s long-time passions is science communication, and she had created many art projects used to explain complex physics concepts. She is the Teaching Director for The GIRLS Initiative, a summer camp program she co-founded to encourage young girls to study science. Dr. Caden was recognized as one of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada’s young community leaders with a “40 under Forty” award in 2019, and as one of Drexel University’s “40 under 40″ outstanding alumni in 2020.

Tonatiuh Matos Chassin

Dr. Tonatiuh Matos Chassin obtained his PhD in theoretical physics in 1987 at the Friedrich-Schiller Universität in Jena, Germany, in which next year he habilitated in Astrophysics. He´s member of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) and the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration. In 1992, he served as a Founder Vice-president of the Division of Gravitation and Mathematical Physics of the Mexican Society of Physics, three years later he functioned as the President of that same division. Since 2019 he been serving as a President of the Mexican Society of Physics.

In the areas of scientific dissemination, he’s been an organizer of 37 national and international conferences in gravitation, astrophysics and cosmology; as a guest speaker he’s been part of more than 150 conferences, of which 50 have been international.

In scholar subjects he has supervised 16 doctoral theses, two of them got the Arturo Rosenblueth award and other the Weizmann award from Israel and the AMC, for the best doctoral thesis. Also, their PhD students have supervised 30 PhD theses, two are Weizmann award as well.