Associate Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering - DIMEC and researcher at the Energy Center - CE of the University of Chile. He is currently Director of the Center for Sustainable Electromobility Acceleration – CASE of the Universidad de Chile. He has directed and actively participated in projects to analyze the operational viability of electric fleets and thermal performance of lithium batteries, as well as in the development of digital transformation solutions in electromobility and advanced manufacturing. Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, USA.
Ignacio Polanco received the BSc. and MSc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Chile, Santiago, Chile, in 2014. As an R&D engineer in the Energy Center of the University of Chile, he actively managed and developed power electronics-based solutions for electric vehicle conversion and vehicle-to-grid applications and micro-grids. He directed different electromobility-related projects during his bachelor's and master's studies and achieved to compete in the World Solar Challenge, Australia. Since 2018, he has been awarded a Chilean Ph.D. scholarship funded by the Chilean government (ANID) and the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars to pursue his doctoral degree at the Power Electronics Laboratory at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. As a doctoral assistant at PEL, his research has focused on medium-voltage high-power conversion, particularly in developing hardware and software for a 0.5MW 3.3kV/5kV ac-dc modular multilevel converter real-time hardware-in-the-loop replica, and novel condition health monitoring strategies for its components.