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Sebastian Rivera received the M.Sc. degree in Electronics Engineering from Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria (UTFSM), Chile, in 2011, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, in 2015. During 2016 and 2017, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto, Canada, and the Advanced Center of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (AC3E), UTFSM, respectively. 

Since 2018, he has been with the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Universidad de los Andes, Chile, currently appointed as Associate Professor. He is also an Associate Investigator at the AC3E and the Solar Energy Research Center (SERC-Chile), both centers of excellence in Chile

He has participated in several research projects with both industry and Academia, authored ten articles in Web of Science journals, several conference papers, one tutorial course and two book chapters, besides holding eight patent applications and two patents granted in the power electronics area. He serves as an active reviewer for various IEEE Journals.

His research focuses on dc distribution systems, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, high efficiency dc-dc conversion, multilevel converters, and renewable energy systems. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Dr. Rivera was the recipient of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine Best Paper Award (2022), the Academic Gold Medal of the Governor General of Canada (2016), the Doctoral Completion Award (2014), the Becas-Chile scholarship for doctorate studies abroad (2011) and the Emerging Leaders of the Americas Program Scholarship (2010).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Architecture and Control of an Electric Vehicle Charging Station using a Bipolar DC Bus, Toronto Metropolitan University

Sep 201119 Nov 2015

Award Date: 8 Jun 2016

Master, Direct Power Control for the Grid Connection of Multilevel Converters, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria

Nov 2008Jul 2011

Award Date: 29 Jul 2011

Bachelor, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria

Mar 2004Nov 2007

Award Date: 1 Nov 2007

External positions

Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

20 Jun 2020 → …

Investigador Asociado, Centro Avanzado de Ingeniería Eléctrica y Electrónica (AC3E-UTFSM)

12 Jan 2018 → …

Postdoctoral Fellow, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)


Ph. D. Student, Centre for Urban Energy - Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited


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