Sustainability Coordinator at USFQ
Juan Sebastián Proaño is an Ecuadorian expert in biomass transformation into energy, fuels, and chemicals. He completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2009 at the National Polytechnic School. Additionally, he earned his Master's in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering in 2015 and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and BioRenewable Resources in 2017 from Iowa State University. He has worked on the design of unmanned aerial vehicles, dirigibles, and fixed-wing aircraft, providing guidance to the Ecuadorian Air Force. He co-founded Advanced Renewable Technologies International Inc., which is dedicated to producing biochar as a method for emissions offset and soil amendment. Currently, he works as a professor and researcher in the Mechanical Engineering program at the University of San Francisco de Quito. He also serves as the Sustainability Coordinator at the same institution. His research interests encompass technological innovation, the production, and applications of biochar, energy management systems, renewable energy resources, and pyrolysis for the circular economy. Additionally, he is the academic director of the Continuing Education course on Energy Management and Industrial Energy Efficiency.