22 de February, 2020

In 2020: Strong commitment to gender equality and academic excellence

In order to promote gender equality, during this 2020 admission process, the School of Economics and Business of the Universidad de Chile will implement a Priority Entry Program for Gender Equality in the Commercial Engineering degree.
FEN wants to attract more women into its undergraduate degrees because, although progress has been made in gender equality, there is still a long way to go. Various studies have shown that women in FEN have higher Grade Point Averages and graduate before their male peers, but often miss classes for multiple reasons. As such, it became necessary to promote female admissions processes with more focused and tailored actions. The 2020 admission process will have 40 additional places for women who are on the Commercial Engineering waiting list and who have applied for this degree within the first two university preferences. 

To further strengthen our academic staff, in 2020 outstanding new professors with extensive experience in teaching and research joined our School. They will join a staff of professors with doctorates from some of the the best universities in the world. From the second semester of 2020 there will be more hiring news. In the first semester, FEN hired:
Eugenia Andreasen: She is a professor at Universidad de Santiago and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the European University Institute, Italy, a Master in Economics also from the European University Institute and Master in Economics from the University of San Andrés, Argentina. She completed her undergraduate degree at the National University of La Plata, Argentina. She is an expert in international finance, macroeconomics and financial economics. 
Alejandro Bernales: He will join the Business Administration Department to teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Finance. He comes from the Department of Industrial Engineering of the School of Physics and Mathematics of the Universidad de Chile. He is a Doctor of Finance (Ph.D. in Finance) from the University of Manchester, UK, Master of Science (Financial Engineering) from the University of Manchester, UK and a Civil Industrial Engineer from the Catholic University of Chile. 

Luis Felipe Céspedes: An academic from the Adolfo Ibáñez University, he will join the Department of Economics as a full-time Professor from March. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from New York University (NYU) and a Commercial Engineering undergraduate degree, with mention in Economics and Administration, from the Catholic University of Chile. He was the Minister of Economics, Development and Tourism in Chile between March 2014 and August 2017. He has had an outstanding career as a researcher, positioning himself as one of the leading publishers of the last 10 years within the Latin American and Caribbean region according to the Ideas Ranking. 

Sebastián Maldonado: He joins FEN from the Universidad de Los Andes as a full-time Professor of the Department of Management Control and Information Systems. He is a Doctor in Engineering Systems, Master in Operations Management, and Civil Industrial Engineer from the Universidad de Chile. He has vast experience in teaching and research and records more than 60 indexed publications in the Data Science area. His specialties are the development of new methodologies for data mining and computer learning and their use in business applications and other areas.

Adriana Piazza: She joins the Department of Economics during the first semester, coming from the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the Universidad de Chile, a Ph.D. in Science from the University of Montpellier II, France and an Electrical Engineering Bachelors from the University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay. Her research areas are: economic theory, sustainable management of natural resources and optimization.