I am an Associate 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 the Energy and Complex Systems Laboratory (https://ecs-lab.ing.puc.cl/) and CTO at Vinken (https://vinken.cl/), a business unit 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 the development and application of mathematical and computational methods for the improvement of energy systems, including 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, European Journal of Operational Research, Production and Operations Management, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Energy, Energy Economics, Applied Energy, and Energy Policy, among others.
I have worked with ISO New England, World Bank, Environmental Defense Fund, Coordinador Eléctrico Nacional, Comisión Nacional de Energía, the Chilean Ministry of Energy, Transelec, and Fraunhofer Chile Research, among others.
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, and the Best Paper Award from the IEEE Power and Energy Society.
If you are interested in working with me please feel free to contact me at alvarolorca "at" uc.cl.
This is a brief video in spanish about my research:
And this is a brief video in spanish about Vinken Solar, a software developed at Vinken for optimizing operations and maintenance at photovoltaic solar farms: