Dr. Eduardo I. Ortiz-Rivera was born in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico in May 30, 1977. He received the BSEE degree (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez in 2000, and the MSEE and Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2002 and 2006 respectively. Currently, he is assistant professor at University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the areas of power electronics and control systems. His research interests include renewable energy, cybersecurity on the smart grid, power electronics for utility applications, electric motors, distributed power generation, robotics and mathematical modeling for dynamic systems. His research group Minds2CREATE has been one of the most successful research groups at UPRM. Many former members of the Minds2CREATE Research has been selected as NSF-GRFP Fellows, GEM Fellows, NASA Graduate Fellows, etc.
Dr. Ortiz-Rivera was selected as 2009-2010 Distinguished Professor, UPRM ECE Department. Also, he has received the national GEM Doctoral Fellowship, Alfred Sloan Fellowship, MSU Competitive Doctoral Engineering Fellowship and he was selected on 2000 as Future Faculty Member of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus. He has worked for Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in the Physical Particles Division (Batavia, Illinois), Argonne National laboratory (Chicago, Illinois), and LORD Electric Co. in the Transmission Lines Division (San Juan, Puerto Rico). Also, he has been visiting researcher at University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA), Volgograd State Technical University (Volgograd, Russia), and Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Automation (Beijing, China).
Dr. Ortiz-Rivera is member IEEE Power Systems Society, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Tau Beta Pi and Golden Key International Honor Society. He has has more than 50 IEEE conference and journal publications.