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ECS PhD alumnus wins IET doctoral dissertation prize

Published: 3 December 2015

Dr Jonathan Mayo-Maldonado, alumnus of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), has received this year’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 – Switched Linear Differential Systems – under the supervision of Dr Paolo Rapisarda of the Vision, Learning, and Control research group.

The prize was presented to Jonathan at the IET’s prestigious Tustin Lecture in London in November. He was told that his thesis was selected “for 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.” The committee was impressed with the “quality of publications generated thus far and the number of times these have been cited in other scholarly articles,” and “believed the concepts presented in the thesis will advance and stimulate further research in this emerging area of work.”

Now working as an Associate Professor at Tecnologico de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, Jonathan’s research interests currently include switched systems, behavioural systems theory and power electronics. Reflecting on his PhD studies, Jonathan said: “I was lucky to work with Paolo Rapisarda as supervisor – 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.”

He went on to say: “Receiving 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.”

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