These collegiate bodies, made up of experts in their respective areas, are an intermediate decision-making level in the granting of projects and benefits.
Dr. Manuel Solano Palma, researcher of the Center for Mathematical Engineering, CI²MA, and academic of the Department of Mathematical Engineering of the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences of the Universidad de Concepción, UdeC, has taken on a new professional challenge in his research career.
This is because, he says, “at the beginning of March I was contacted by the Fondecyt Project Coordinator, inviting me to join the Mathematics Study Group of this program during the period from March to December of this year”.
These study groups, made up of outstanding members of the national scientific community, represent an intermediate decision-making level between the external evaluators and the Superior Councils of the Chilean Scientific and Technological Development Fund, Fondecyt, of the National Agency for Research and Development (ANID), fulfilling the function of technically advising the Superior Councils in the selection of the projects presented in each competition and evaluating the progress and results of those in execution.
“Among the tasks are,” says Solano, “reviewing academic reports of projects, proposing new external evaluators, reviewing compliance with the requirements for the application of assigned projects, evaluating projects, reviewing project budgets, among others”.
Dr. Solano is also a member of the group of researchers from universities in the Chilean regions of Biobío and Ñuble associated with the Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM) of the University of Chile, experts in Numerical Analysis of Partial Differential Equations. “I congratulate Dr. Solano, for his appointment as a member of the Study Group, and in this opportunity also Dr. Oyarzúa for his recent appointment as its director”, highlights the principal investigator of the group and deputy director of CI²MA, Dr. Raimund Bürger. “These events highlight the leadership in all areas exercised by the research group in Numerical Analysis of PDEs integrated by academics from UdeC, UBB, and UCSC”, he emphasizes. This Fondecyt Study Group is currently led by another CI²MA researcher: Dr. Ricardo Oyarzúa Vargas, an academic from the Universidad del Bío-Bío.
Regarding his participation as an expert in different instances at the national level, Solano says that, “for me, it is a source of pride that my name is proposed to integrate this type of committees. In addition, I have already been participating as a peer evaluator of graduate programs in accreditation processes of the National Accreditation Commission (CNA) and also as an evaluator of ANID Scholarships”.
In this regard, Dr. Rodolfo Araya Durán, director of CI²MA, emphasizes that “this appointment is excellent news not only for Dr. Solano but also for our entire center. This is clearly a recognition of Dr. Solano’s brilliant scientific career, and we wish him every success in this new responsibility that is so vital for the development of mathematics in our country”.
By Iván Tobar, Comunicaciones CI²MA/CMM
Posted on May 13, 2022 in News