Dr. Efraín O'Neill-Carrillo
Dr. Efraín O'Neill-Carrillo is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department of the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez (UPRM). He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University, an MSEE from Purdue University and a BSEE from UPRM. His education and research interests include: power quality, power distribution systems, engineering education, energy policy, sustainable energy, distributed generation, social and ethical implications of engineering and technology.
He was the President of the ECE Power Engineering Committee (10 professors) from 2000-2007, responsible for providing academic and administrative support for undergraduate and graduate courses in power systems and power electronics, serving 200 students per semester. He led the group in efforts to develop research/teaching proposals and industry collaborations, resulting in major research and education grants. Dr. O'Neill has been the Principal Investigator (PI) of major grants from federal and state agencies such as the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award. Dr. O'Neill was the founding Director (2007-2010) of the Institute for Tropical Energy, Environment and Society, leading a group of 15 professors from 10 disciplines in establishing links between energy research and society and influencing energy policy in Puerto Rico (http://iteas.uprm.edu).
Dr. O'Neill was also the Education Coordinator at UPRM for the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES) from 2000-2008, responsible for education project management that reached over 1,000 K-20 students. He was also Coordinator for Social, Ethical and Global Issues in Engineering, providing education materials and practices that connect engineering and society in six Engineering programs (2006-2009). He is Associate Director, CIVIS: Center for Resources in General Education (since 2008), assisting in the administration of the Center, as well as developing student learning modules, a sustainable energy initiative and coordinating the interaction and work of professors from various disciplines in UPRM.
Dr. O'Neill was Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Economic Renewable Power Delivery at the University of Glasgow, Scotland (June 2004), and the Advanced Research Institute of Virginia Tech, Arlington (Summer 2010). He was the PI in a joint distance learning Masters Program on sustainable energy between UPRM and University of APEC (Dominican Republic) which was followed by work in an undergraduate option in renewable energy at that university.
He has advised city governments and state agencies in Puerto Rico on energy projects. Dr. O'Neill is one of the authors of the study "Achievable Renewable Energy Targets for Puerto Rico's Renewable Portfolio Standard" presenting the potential of renewable energy in Puerto Rico (http://www.uprm.edu/aret). He is very active in Puerto Rico's energy policy debate, authoring "Una Nueva AEE" a Spanish document that traces the history of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, and presents potential reforms to the Island's electric system (http://iteas.uprm.edu/recursos.php). Dr. O'Neill is founding member of the Puerto Rico Electric Energy Round Table (http://iteas.uprm.edu/mesa.html), a multi-sector Group that works on technical and policy alternatives for the Future of Puerto Rico's Electric System, acting as the group's first Coordinator (2008-2010).
In terms of professional service, he organized and served as the Founding Chair of the Power Engineering Society (PES) Chapter of the IEEE Western Puerto Rico Section (2004-2009). He also organized and was the Founding Chair of the IEEE Western PR Joint Chapter of the Education Society/Society on Social Impact of Technology (2006-2008). He is a Senior Member of IEEE, a member of Tau Beta Pi (the National Engineering Honor Society) and an IEEE EAC Program Evaluator (ABET). He is Energy Advisor for AARP-Puerto Rico since March 2011. Dr. O'Neill is a Registered Professional Engineer in PR, where he is part of the State Society of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (CIAPR). Within CIAPR he has been organizer, leader and presenter of continuing education conferences, short course and seminars for over 2,500 professional engineers in Puerto Rico since 2002. He was also Editor-in-Chief/President of the Board for Dimension, the Technical Magazine of the CIAPR (2006-2007). He has been review panel member for various federal and state projects, as well as reviewer of IEEE Transactions, Proceedings and conference papers. Dr. O'Neill was Associate Editor of the IASTED International Journal of Power and Energy Systems (2001-2007).
Dr. O'Neill believes it is of utmost importance to provide a social and global context in engineering education. Engineering professors should be an example to students by actively participating in social issues related to their expertise. His views and work on integrative research and education activities, and his professional service have earned Dr. O'Neill UPRM's Outstanding ECE Professor of the Year Award twice, the Distinguished Electrical Engineer of the Year Award from the CIAPR (2004), an Early Promotion to Full Professor from UPRM (2004), and the IEEE/PES Walter Fee Outstanding Young Engineer Award (2005).