About

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Urban Energy Systems Laboratory at Empa Duebendorf. I recently completed my PhD at the Chair of Building Physics at ETH Zurich focused on improving energy access strategies in developing countries. I hold a Civil Engineering degree from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, and a MSc degree in Management and Engineering of Environment and Energy from the ME3 Erasmus+ Program held at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain) and Institute Mines-​Telecom Nantes (France), for which I was awarded with an "Education for Sustainable Energy Development" scholarship from the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership in 2015. As part of my master, I worked as a research intern at Tecnalia Research and Innovation (Spain) performing technical, financial, environmental and socio-​economic impact assessments for pilot European cities (Nantes, Hamburg, and Helsinki) in their integrated urban transformation strategy, as part of the EU Horizon 2020 framework. The strategies involved the integration of renewable energies and energy efficiency measures in buildings, smart grids, and new energy storage technologies with the aim of making the European grid more sustainable.  

I have great capacity to lead, create, motivate, and innovate in international and multidisciplinary environments, with proven experience in leading research teams and supervising junior reseachers. I am passionate about joining volunteer programs to support the development of my society and to empower women's participation. I am an active member of the Organization of Women in Science in the Developing World (OWSD), Guatemalan chapter, and I was recently featured as a role model for the 1Million Women in STEM international campaign.

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Education

10/2017 – 12/2021

Ph.D., Energy Access and Sustainable Development

Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering

ETH Zurich (Switzerland)

09/2015 – 07/2017

European Joint Masters in Management and Engineering of Environment and Energy

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain) and Institut Mines Télécom Atlantique - Nantes (France)

01/2009 – 11/2013

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (Guatemala)

Work experience

02/2022 – Present

Postdoctoral Researcher

Swiss Federal Laboratories of Material Science and Technology (Empa), Zurich, Switzerland

Project: CO2-OPTIMIST, Renovated or replaced? Finding optimal solutions for the European building stock

10/2017 – 12/2021

Doctoral Research/Scientific Assistant 

ETH Zurich and Swiss Federal Laboratories of Material Science and Technology (Empa), Zurich, Switzerland

Project: Estimating the energy demand of rural households to improve energy access planning in developing countries

02/2017 – 09/2017

Research Intern/Master Thesis Project

Tecnalia Research and Innovation, Derio, Bizkaia, Spain

Project: MySMARTLife Lighthouse

08/2013 – 04/2015

Civil Engineer

Constructora Norberto Odebrecht, S.A., Guatemala, Guatemala

Project: Maintenance and Expansion of the CA-02 Highway from Guatemala to Mexico

09/2011 – 11/2013

Researcher

Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala, Guatemala

Project: Development of a Prototype for Wave Energy Generation in the Pacific Coast of Guatemala