The Scopus Elsevier award was awarded to eight Chilean scientists taking into account the number of publications and the number of citations their work obtained. Rector Rodríguez was awarded in the area of Engineering and Earth Sciences.
The rector of the Federico Santa María Technical University, Dr. José Rodríguez, received the 2013 Scopus award along with seven other Chilean scientists who work in different areas of knowledge.
This award is given to scientists affiliated with Chilean institutions that have the highest number of published works, in the more than 20,500 titles of the Scopus database. It is also awarded to those whose work has received the highest number of citations in recent years.
The award was presented in the presence of the president of Conicyt, José Miguel Aguilera, and executives from the Elsevier publishing house.
Rector Rodríguez was recognized for his work in the area of Engineering and Earth Sciences. Rodríguez is a Civil Electrical Engineer from the Federico Santa María Technical University, he obtained the academic degree of Magister at the same university and, later, he obtained the degree of Doktor Ingenieur, electrical engineering specialty, at the University of Erlangen, Nürenberg, Germany. He is currently the rector of the Federico Santa María Technical University. He has received four awards for the best article of the year in journals (2207, 2008, 2009 and 2011) and two awards for the best doctoral thesis awarded by the Chilean Academy of Sciences (2011 and 2013).
The other winners were: Mark Phillips, from the Las Campanas Observatory for Physics and Astronomy, Nibaldo Inestrosa, from the Pontifical Catholic University, awarded for Health Sciences; Michael Seeger Pfeiffer, from the Federico Santa María Technical University, in Biology and Biotechnology; Diego Cosmelli, from the Pontifical Catholic University for his contribution in Social Sciences; Marcelo Arenas, from the Pontifical Catholic University for Computing; while Waldo Cerpa, from the Pontifical Catholic University and Sergio Torres, from the University of La Serena received awards in the area of young scientists.