Renato G. Ponciano Sandoval

renatogiovanni.poncianosandoval@phd.unipd.it

Cycle: XXX

Supervisor: prof. Arjuna Tuzzi

Co-supervisor: prof. Federico Neresini

Reseach project

Media representations of socioenvironmental conflicts in Guatemala:  The case of the hydroelectric expansion

Research interests

Science and technology studies, socio-environmental conflicts, postcolonial studies, quantitative content analysis, data mining  and scraping as research methods for the social sciences

Publications in proceedings

  • Ponciano, R. (2017). A national law as an actor-network: How Guatemala’s General Electricity Law of 1996 shaped the country’s environmental conflicts over hydroelectricity.  In Crabu, S., Giardullo, P.; Miele, F.; Turrini, M. (Eds.), Sociotechnical Environments: Proceedings of the VI STS-Italia Conference.  Milan: STS Italia Publishing.  Retrieved from: http://www.stsitalia.org/?p=1870
  • Neresini, F., Ponciano, R., Tuzzi, A. (2017). Clean energy or extractive industry? A comparative study on the media representation of hydroelectricity in Colombia and Guatemala.  In Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies: 16th Annual STS Conference Graz 2017. Retrieved from: https://conference.aau.at/event/95/material/6/
  • Ponciano, R. (2012). Una controversia tecnocientífica en la Web 2.0: El caso de la energía geo-rotacional.  Acta de las XIII Jornadas Latinoamericanas de Estudios Sociales en Ciencia y Tecnología. México, D.F.  ISBN: 978¬607¬02¬3278¬7.
  • Ponciano, R. (2010). El sonido genuino del laúd: el espacio de conocimiento de los fabricantes de laúdes. Acta de las XII Jornadas Latinoamericanas de Estudios Sociales en Ciencia y Tecnología. Buenos Aires, Argentina. ISBN: 978¬987¬558¬200¬2.
  • Bracamonte, E.; Castillo, M.; Ponciano, R. (2009)  Ensayo de propuesta participativa para el aprendizaje de la matemática en carreras de ingeniería.  Actas de la XXIII Reunión Latinoamericana de Matemática Educativa. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana. ISBN: 9786079530617.
  • Ponciano, R. Uso de una bitácora en línea como recurso didáctico en un curso de cálculo. Actas de la XXII Reunión Latinoamericana de Matemática Educativa.  México, D.F.  ISBN: 9786079530600

 

Book

  • Bracamonte, E.; Castillo, M.; Ponciano, R. (2008) Aprendamos a aprender matemática.  Guatemala: Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala.

 

Research experience

  • Azienda Mediterranea Acqua e Gas (AMGA, today IREN, S.p.A., Genoa, Italy) (2006). Research Intership (Division of Environmental and Technology Services). 
  • Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, (2008). Research Division.  Research associate on the Project: “Socio participative learning proposal in Mathematics as an alternative to traditional teaching”.
  • Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, (2005). Research Division. Research associate on the Project: “Conceptions that the Math students of Engineering possess on the concept of function”.

 

Teaching experience

  • Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (2001- to date).  Engineering Department.  Professor (tenured) of Mathematics for Engineering.
  • Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (2012 – to date). Engineering Department:  Professor of Postgraduate courses and thesis advisor for B.Sc. and  Master thesis.
  • Universidad Mariano Gálvez, Guatemala (2006 – 2014). Computer Science Department.  Lecturer.
  • Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (2008) Engineering Department. Design and development the course “Selective membranes for separations”.
  • Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (2007).  Engineering Department, Designer, developer and coordinator of the postgraduate elective course: “Environmental and social project assessment”.

 

 

Education

  • Università degli studi di Genova (2005-2006). II Level Master in Innovative membrane technologies for waste and drinking water treatment.  Thesis title: “Experiences on  Managing the Research and Development Department of an Italian water Utility”. Thesis supervisor: Dr. Mario Colombino
  • Maastricht University (2002-2004). Master in Arts. European Studies on Society, Science and Technology (ESST) M.A. Thesis Title: “The genuine sound of the lute: The knowledge space of lute makers”
  • Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (1992-2000). Licenciate (5-year Academic Degree with thesis), Chemical Engineering.   Thesis Title: “Design of a Continuous Solar Dryer for Capsicum Annum (jalapeño pepper)”.  Thesis supervisor: Adriana Grimaldi.

 

Grants and awards received

  • Grant from the European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus Consortium AMIDILA for Ph.D. Studies at Università degli Studi di Padova (2014).
  • Recognition for Excellence and Commitment in Education.  Students of Engineering Department, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (2012).
  • Grant for Master Studies from Università degli Studi di Genova (2005).
  • Grant for Master Studies at Università degli Studi di Genova from Jeppa-Limmat Foundation (2005).
  • Grant for Master Studies at Maastricht University from the UFP Programme of NUFFIC (Netherlands organization for international cooperation in higher education) (2002).
  • First prize of the National Classical Guitar Competition, “Augusto Ardenois”.  Guatemala. (1998).