Edgar Virguez is an energy systems engineer promoting a rapid and cost-efficient energy transition towards a decarbonized electric power system. His research integrates methods from operations research, geospatial analysis, and environmental economics and has appeared in top-tier peer-reviewed journals like Applied Energy, Energy Conversion and Management, and Energy.
Edgar has participated in 20 research or consultancy projects with a total budget of USD 5.38 million. He has worked in association with organizations such as the World Bank and the IADB, directing life-cycle assessments and cost-benefit analyses of integrating new fuels to energy markets. He has designed mitigation strategies for local governments and performed risk assessments of exposure to air pollutants.
Concurrently to his research interests, he has a passion for improving the higher education sector. During the last decade, he has held several higher education administration positions. Applying optimization and data analytics methods, Edgar has progressively improved the academic, administrative, and financial processes of units. Simultaneously, he has developed as a next-generation pedagogue teaching 16 courses, serving more than 560 students, and achieving high ratings by his students.
For his contributions and exemplary promise as a leader of the higher education field, he has received several professional honors (total amount of professional awards USD 18,475). In 2020 he was honored as a K. Patricia Cross Future Leader awardee by the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), identified as a rising star. At Duke, he had a distinguished tenure receiving several of the most prestigious awards for graduate students, including the 2021 Graduate School Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2021 Forever Duke Student Leadership Award.
His solid knowledge base arises from an academic formation that includes: a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences and Policy (’21) and an MSc in Environment (’18) from Duke University, as well as MSc in Environmental Engineering (’10), and BSc’s in Chemical Engineering (’09) and Environmental Engineering (’09) from Universidad de los Andes. Complementary, he has strengthened his transferable skills by participating in professional certificate programs across the globe. Acknowledging his academic excellence and research contributions, he has been awarded scholarships/fellowships for more than USD 478,000 from competitive national and international programs sponsored by institutions such as the Sloan Foundation and P&G.