Dr. Guadalupe Gonzales is a Panamanian, graduated from the Technological University of Panama where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Electromechanical Engineering and has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, USA. Currently, Dr. Gonzalez is the Director of Electricity at the National Secretariat of Energy where she oversees the development of energy policies for Panama. Additionally, she is a Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Technological University of Panama (UTP) where she is also Director of the SMARTS-E Research Program. Furthermore, Dr. Gonzalez is a member of scientific associations such as the Panamanian Association for the Advancement of Science (APANAC), and the IEEE where she is a Senior Member and has volunteered in different positions within the IEEE, currently being member at large of Diversity and Inclusion in the governing board of the Power and Energy Society, member of the governing board of IEEE Panama Section as past-president and councilor for IEEE PES R9 North Council. Since 2018, Dr. Gonzalez is member of the Board of Directors of The World Energy Council’s Panama Chapter.

Her areas of interest include energy planning, smart cities, sustainable engineering, renewable energy systems and modeling of energy systems. Currently, she also realizes studies on modeling of physical properties of biological materials. Dr. Gonzalez has published multiple articles in indexed journals and conference proceedings at the national and regional levels.