Obituary: Felipe Álvarez

Obituary: Felipe Álvarez

We are deeply saddened to report Center for Mathematical Modeling’s researcher Professor Felipe Álvarez Daziano has passed away this March 8th 2017. The Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences of Universidad de Chile (FCFM) suffered a serious cerebrovascular accident this Monday March 6th.

Prof. Álvarez (45 years old, married, two daughters) devoted his life to research, education, science, and the university.

He served as Deputy Dean of FCFM since 2010. His contribution from this position was decisive to the Faculty development and growth in the recent years. In particular, he was responsible for the organization and direction of the A New Engineering for the 2030 Project to redesign engineering teaching according to world-class standards.

Felipe Álvarez held an bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Civil Engineering at Universidad de Chile and a Ph.D. degree in Mathematical Optimization and Theoretical Mechanics jointly awarded by this university and Université de Montpellier, France.

As a CMM researcher, his work contributed to progress in linear and nonlinear programming, convex optimization and dynamical systems, penalty methods and related algorithms for convex optimization, asymptotic analysis of variational problems, and optimal control and calculus of variations.

He began his academic career as an Assistant Professor in 1999 at Department of Mathematical Engineering (DIM). Six years later he got the position of Associate Professor at the same unit. Among others courses, he taught Advanced Calculus and Applications, Convex Analysis and Duality, and Optimal Control.

He also served as DIM director (2006-2008), scientific director of the Complex Engineering Systems Institute (2007-2010), and deputy director of the Mathematical Modeling for Geomechanics Laboratory at CMM (2007-2010).

Felipe will be greatly missed. The deepest sympathies of our community go out to his family.

“A great man has left us prematurely,” said director Alejandro Jofré on behalf of the CMM’s members. “He trained several new researchers, who are now spreading their knowledge in different areas and universities.”

The wake is being held at San Francisco de Sales Parish, Av. Santa Maria 5600, Vitacura. From 9:30 am to 8:00 pm.

A Mass will be officiated tomorrow Friday March 10, at 11:30 am at the same place. Later, the funeral cortege will head to Parque del Recuerdo cemetery (13:30 hrs.).

Source: FCFM.

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 in Frontpage, News