Edgar’s solid-knowledge base arises from his strong academic formation that include: a PhD in Environmental Sciences and Policy (’21) and a MSc in Environment (’20) from Duke University, and a MSc in Environmental Engineering (’10), and BSc’s in Chemical Engineering (’09) and Environmental Engineering (’09) from Universidad de los Andes (ranked by QS within the best 250 universities in the world). Complementary, he has strengthened his transferable skills by participating in professional certificates programs in Australia, Colombia, and United States. Acknowledging his academic excellence and research contributions, he has been awarded scholarships and fellowships for more than $450,000 USD from competitive national and international programs sponsored by institutions such as Procter & Gamble (P&G) and the Sloan Foundation.
He has participated in twenty research and consultancy projects with a total budget of $5.38 million USD. Working in association with organizations such as the World Bank and the Interamerican Development Bank, he has directed life cycle assessment studies, performed cost-benefit analysis of the integration of new fuels to energy markets, developed risk assessments of exposure to air pollutants, and designed mitigation strategies for local governments. His research has been published in top-tier peer-reviewed journals like Energy Conversion and Management, Energy, and Transportation Research Part D.
Concurrently to his research interests, Edgar has a passion to improve the higher education sector. During the last three lustrums, he has held several higher education administration positions where he applied optimization and data analytics methods to improve the academic and financial processes of units. As a result, he has successfully defined, planed, and executed strategic research alliances across the globe. Edgar has also developed as a next-generation pedagogue having taught 16 courses, serving more than 550 students, and achieving high rating by his students. For his contributions and exemplary promise as a leader of the higher education field, he has been given several professional honors being recently named a 2020 K. Patricia Cross Future Leader awardee by the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U).