I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
I am also co-director of Vinken (https://vinken.cl/), a business unit at Dictuc dedicated to specialized consulting, advanced research, and technological developments for the energy industry.
I received a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Georgia Institute of Technology, and an M.Sc. in Engineering and an Industrial Engineering degree with a diploma in Mathematical Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
My research and professional activities are centered in operations research, data science, and energy systems, with emphasis in optimization and stochastic modeling, and their applications in energy planning, power system operations, renewable energy integration, smart grids, and resilience, among other topics.
I have published my research in various specialized scientific journals, including Operations Research, Production and Operations Management, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Energy, Applied Energy, and Energy Policy, among others.
I have worked with ISO New England, Coordinador Eléctrico Nacional, Comisión Nacional de Energía, the Chilean Ministry of Energy, Transelec, and Fraunhofer Chile Research, among others.
I am an associate researcher at the Solar Energy Research Center (SERC-Chile) and a member of the UC Energy Research Center.
I received a Fulbright Scholarship and my research has been recognized with various awards, including the Best Paper in Energy Award from the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science.
If you are interested in working with me please feel free to contact me at alvarolorca "at" uc.cl.
Also, here is a brief video in spanish about my research.