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.

Dr. 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.

Dr. María-Ester Brandan

Dr. María-Ester Brandan is University Professor in the Physics Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Her work includes 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 more than 130 scientific publications and her h-index is 26. She is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow (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.

In 2010-2013 she was Chair of the International Solid State Dosimetry Organization, ISSDO. 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), member of the International Advisory Board of the Physics in Medicine & Biology journal and Deputy Editor of the Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express journal. She is the Head of the Experimental Physics Department at the UNAM Physics Institute.