Alejandro Caicedo Ramírez
Alejandro Caicedo Ramírez was born in Colombia in 1988. When he was seven, his family moved to Barcelona. In 2010, he graduated with a technical engineering degree in industrial chemistry from the Escola Universitària d'Enginyeria Tècnica Industrial de Barcelona (EUETIB), UPC. In 2012, he obtained a master's in molecular biotechnology from the Universitat de Barcelona.
During his graduate degree, Alejandro studied in Finland as an Erasmus Program student, and also worked as an environmental inspector in dumping control for Clabsa, the official sewage metropolitan company of Barcelona. During his master's, he also was a support researcher in the Biotransformation and Bioactive Molecules Research Group in the Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC).
In 2012, Alejandro received a Balsells Graduate Fellowship to pursue a master's degree in environmental engineering at the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Alejandro enjoys mountain sports, especially climbing, trail running, and skiing. He also likes to spend his free time traveling and discovering interesting places and people.
Josep was born in Castellar del Valles (Barcelona) in 1986. He holds a technical industrial engineering degree from Escola d’Enginyeria de Terrassa (EET) and a chemical engineering degree from Escola Tècnica Superior d’Enginyeria Industrial de Barcelona, both from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).
Josep has broad international research experience, first in 2007 at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH – Sweden) developing fuel cells with membrane-electrode assembly and during 2009 at Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE – The Netherlands) characterizing hydrogels based on ionic liquids.
He worked as a project engineer at Ioniqa Technologies (Eindhoven, Netherlands) for three years on research and development of smart materials. He has experience in leading national and international research projects, with several collaborations within Europe.
During 2012, Josep was awarded a Caja Madrid Foundation Fellowship and a Balsells Supplemental Fellowship to pursue a PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Josep enjoys travelling, hanging out with friends, and outdoor activities.
Núria Codina Castillo
Núria was born in 1988 and is from Igualada (Barcelona). In 2010, she graduated in chemistry from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), and in 2012 finished her master’s in biomedical engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and UB.
During the summer of 2011, Núria spent three months doing research at the Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO) with a fellowship from Catalunya Caixa. She worked in the Ultrafast Imaging and Nonlinear Microscopy group visualizing the spontaneous process of neuron regeneration after laser axotomy. She developed her final master’s project, a six-month long project focused on functionalizing an electrochemical biosensor, at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) in the nanobioengineering research group.
In 2012, Núria was awarded a Balsells Fellowship for pursuing a PhD in chemical and biological engineering.
In her free time, Núria enjoys spending time with her friends, dancing, or doing outdoor activities.
Xavier Espinet Alegre
Xavi was born in Barcelona in 1988, but his family moved to Cardedeu (Barcelona) when he was four, and they have lived there since. In July 2012, he graduated in civil engineering at the University Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).
Several years ago, he began to feel motivated to gain international academic experience. In 2010, he was awarded a mobility scholarship, the Euro-Korea Hydro-informatics Program, to complete a semester in the University of Incheon in South Korea.
In 2011, he also was awarded with a Balsells Undergraduate Fellowship for a semester to complete his senior thesis at the University of Colorado Boulder. He joined Franck Vernerey’s research group to focus on the computational mechanics of biological materials and structures.
After having a great experience at CU-Boulder, Xavi applied for a Balsells Fellowship in the summer of 2012 to pursue a PhD in civil engineering. His research interest is in the multiphysics modeling of interactions of cells with their environment, and he is again working with Vernerey’s group.
Xavi enjoys meeting new people, hanging out with friends, and hiking and skiing in the Rockies.
Jose Antonio Navas Molina
Jose was born in Tarragona in 1989. In July 2012, he graduated in computer science from the Facultat Informàtica de Barcelona (FIB) at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). During the last semester of his undergraduate studies, he worked with Associate Professor Rob Knight in the development of the QIIME software.
He was awarded a Balsells Undergraduate Internship in spring 2012 to develop his final degree project at the College of Engineering and Applied Science. He also was awarded a Balsells Graduate Fellowship in 2012 to pursue a PhD program in computer science at CU-Boulder.
Jose enjoys playing tennis, listening to music, reading, and meeting with his friends.
Lledó Esquerra Ortells
Lledó, 24, is from Tortosa. She got her Superior Engineering degree in Telecommunications from the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria de Telecomunicació de Barcelona (ETSETB) at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).
She has always had a strong motivation to solicit international academic experience. Indeed, she worked one summer in a cooperative project focused on the application of technical knowledge of engineering in South America.
She was also awarded with a Mobilitat scholarship and a Vodafone scholarship to complete her thesis at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. There, she joined the Medical Imaging Research Center and researched on Pattern Classification applied on Mapping Images.
In 2011, Lledó received a Balsells fellowship to pursue a Master of Science in the Digital Signal Processing research group in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at University of Colorado Boulder.
Lledó loves music, and she enjoys skiing in the Colorado mountains.
Marc Vera Canudas
Marc Vera Canudas was born in Sant Joan de Mediona (Barcelona). In 2011, he graduated in chemical engineering from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB). During the last course of his undergraduate studies, he worked in a project related to membrane separations. The project was coordinated by the distinguished professor Joan Llorens.
Regarding his professional experience, he did an internship in the Chemical Industry Lasem (Manresa), working in an analytical laboratory. In 2011, Marc was awarded a Balsells Fellowship for pursuing a master of biochemical engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research interests are related to biochemical separations.
Marc enjoys biking in the beautiful mountains of Colorado and spending time with his friends.
Pau Haro Negre
Pau Haro Negre was born in Barcelona, Catalunya, in 1987. In July 2011, he graduated both in electrical engineering from the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria de Telecomunicació de Barcelona (ETSETB), and computer science engineering from the Facultat d'Informàtica de Barcelona (FIB) at the Unversitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), through the CFIS (Centre de Formació Interdisciplinària Superior) multidisciplinar center double degree program.
He was awarded a Balsells Graduate Fellowship in 2011 to pursue a MS degree in electrical engineering at the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder.
In his free time Pau enjoys outdoor sports like mountain biking, trekking, sailing and skiing. He also enjoys listening to music, and participating in free and open source software projects.
Laura Bernabé Miguel
Laura, 26, is working to model fMRI brain images in human beings through a project coordinated by Professor François Meyer in the Digital Signal Processing research group in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Laura holds a technical engineering degree in telecommunications from Escola Politècnica Superior de Castellsdefels and a Superior Engineering degree in electronics from Escola Tècnica Superior de Telecomunicacions de Barcelona, both from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). The past two summers, Laura worked in two cooperative projects in South America. In Spain, she worked as a high school electronics teacher.
Laura was able to resume her studies in 2010 at the University of Colorado Boulder thanks to a graduate fellowship provided by Pete Balsells, the Generalitat de Catalunya, and CU-Boulder.
When not studying hard, Laura enjoys rock climbing and hiking and is learning to ski in the beautiful mountains of Colorado.
David Garrido López
David Garrido López is from Santa Coloma de Gramenet, and was born in Barcelona in 1986. In 2009, he graduated in telecommunications engineering from the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria de Telecomunicació de Barcelona (ETSETB) at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC); and in 2010, he graduated in electronics engineering, also from ETSETB-UPC.
During his senior college year (2009), David was awarded a Mobilitat scholarship and a Vodafone scholarship to complete his thesis at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. There, he joined the Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory, and worked with Dr. Stephen J. Frasier on the Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave Wind Profiler Radar.
In the summer of 2010, David received a Balsells Fellowship to pursue a PhD in electrical engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research interest is in the medical effects of electromagnetic fields in biology.
David enjoys travelling, hanging out with friends, outdoor activities such as hiking and biking, and reading.
Xavier Palomer Ripoll
Xavier Palomer Ripoll was born in Barcelona in 1982. In 2007, he graduated in physics from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), and in 2010 he graduated in electrical engineering also at UB. During his undergraduate studies, he was awarded two summer school fellowships, one in HMI Research Institut for Materials and Energies in Berlin and another with Community of Cities Arianne summer school fellowship Heilbronn University in Germany.
During his undergraduate studies, Xavier was involved in the SSETI program in collaboration with ESA, designing harness subsystems for small satellites. In his professional working experience, he worked as an electrophysiologist at IDIBAPS – Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, developing multichannel recording systems and electric field stimulation devices, in collaboration with hardware companies in Barcelona.
In 2010, Xavier was awarded a Balsells Fellowship for pursing a Master of Science in electrical engineering at University of Colorado Boulder. His research interests are related to biomedical devices and bioengineering and how to mix them within the aerospace sector.
Xavier enjoys almost any kind of outdoor activity, meeting new people and especially reading.
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