ECS PhD alumnus wins IET doctoral dissertation prize
Dr Jonathan Mayo-Maldonado, alumnus of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), has received this yearÃ¢â¬â¢s Control and Automation Doctoral Dissertation Prize from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for the best UK PhD thesis in the subject.
Jonathan graduated with a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2015. He carried out the research for his thesis Ã¢â¬â Switched Linear Differential Systems Ã¢â¬â under the supervision of Dr Paolo Rapisarda of the Vision, Learning, and Control research group.
The prize was presented to Jonathan at the IETÃ¢â¬â¢s prestigious Tustin Lecture in London in November. He was told that his thesis was selected Ã¢â¬Åfor its depth and breadth of theoretical contributions made, together with the practical application of new concepts in the modelling and analysis of real-life systems, such as power converters.Ã¢â¬Â The committee was impressed with the Ã¢â¬Åquality of publications generated thus far and the number of times these have been cited in other scholarly articles,Ã¢â¬Â and Ã¢â¬Åbelieved the concepts presented in the thesis will advance and stimulate further research in this emerging area of work.Ã¢â¬Â
Now working as an Associate Professor at Tecnologico de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, JonathanÃ¢â¬â¢s research interests currently include switched systems, behavioural systems theory and power electronics. Reflecting on his PhD studies, Jonathan said: Ã¢â¬ÅI was lucky to work with Paolo Rapisarda as supervisor Ã¢â¬â he interacted closely with me and challenged me constantly to get out of my comfort zone. I also greatly benefited from the research environment that he and his research associates have created.Ã¢â¬Â
He went on to say: Ã¢â¬ÅReceiving the IET Doctoral Dissertation Award is a stimulating experience that represents a lifelong reminder that an open mind and hard work are crucial components to achieve the highest standards in a scientific career.Ã¢â¬Â