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The SENER Foundation presents its Best Doctoral Thesis award as part of the SENER Innovation Forum


The President of the SENER Foundation and Vice-president of the SENER Group, Andrés Sendagorta, presented the award and two second-place prizes for Best Doctoral Thesis as part of the SENER Group’s 4th Innovation Forum, which is being held on September 12th and 13th at the Parador de Alcalá de Henares (Madrid).

The author of the winning thesis, Sara Mateo Fernández, and her advisors, Manuel Andrés Rodrigo and Francisco Jesús Fernández Morales, collected the awards for the work entitled Towards the development of highly efficient microbial fuel cells, presented at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in 2018.

Also presented at this year’s edition were two second-place awards, given to two doctors from the Polytechnic University of Madrid: Juan Fombellida Vetas, recognized for his work Contribution of artificial metaplasticity to pattern recognition, advised by José Manuel Ferrández Vicente and Diego Andina de la Fuente; and Juan Manuel Rivero Fernández, for his research on Fluid Dynamic Problems of High-Speed Trains in Tunnels, whose advisor is Manuel Rodríguez Fernández.

During his speech at this year’s awards ceremony, the President of the SENER Foundation, Andrés Sendagorta, wanted to highlight the scientific rigor of the research, “which made it very difficult for the jury to decide on the winner and which prompted us to grant two second-place awards.” He also highlighted “the importance of promoting research and innovation among young people and academia, an aspect that SENER has always endorsed through its relationship with various universities and the involvement of SENER professionals in the educational programs of institutions.”

The overall winner, Sara Mateo, thanked the SENER Foundation on behalf of all the winners for this recognition, “which provides an incentive to research and is a great reward for the work done and to which everyone has devoted so much time and effort.”

Through this annual recognition, the SENER Foundation seeks to stimulate research at the highest level in those areas of science and technology in which SENER is active, that is, in the Aerospace, Infrastructure and Transport, Renewable Energy, Power, Oil & Gas and Naval sectors. For that reason, the panel is composed of professors in the aforementioned scientific and technological disciplines, in addition to PhDs from SENER’s technical team, patrons of the SENER Foundation with doctoral degrees, and past winners of this award.

The SENER Foundation’s Award for the Best Doctoral Thesis is worth €12,000 for the author of the thesis, with €3,000 to be distributed among the thesis advisors. The next edition will be convened in the third quarter of 2019 through the SENER Foundation website, www.fundacion.sener.

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