Cecilia Paredes Verduga
Rector of ESPOL, Ecuador
Mechanical Engineer from ESPOL; with a Master's and Doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from Rutgers University. She has been a professor-researcher at ESPOL since 2001. Before becoming Rector, she was a member of the Research Council; Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Production Sciences; director of the Centre for Research and Development in Nanotechnology, director of the Materials Testing Laboratory and Academic Vice-Rector.
She was president of the Provisional Council of Higher Education of Ecuador, CES, from November 2010 to September 2011. She has directed research projects, development and implementation of laboratories with national institutions such as MIPRO and international universities such as the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) and Northwestern University (USA), among others.
At an international level, she chaired the Latin American Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI), she received recognition as a distinguished graduate of Rutgers University and has been part of international forums on Higher Education such as those sponsored by Universia and the Rockefeller Foundation.
She is currently president of the Superior Council of the Space for Women Leaders of Institutions of Higher Education of the Americas (Emulies), a program of the Inter-American University Organization (OUI-IOHE); and President of the Ecuadorian Corporation for the Development of Research and Academy (CEDIA), where she promotes the exploration and results of innovative projects that link Ecuadorian institutions, which connects researchers, teachers and students through projects, competitions and scientific development initiatives.
Her interests range from research in materials science and engineering, education in entrepreneurship and innovation, and the generation of spaces of equal opportunities to respect the diversity of all people, especially the inclusion of women in spaces such as science. and engineering.