Santiago Internship Spotlight: Joaquín Rosas

December 22, 2020

Joaquin Rosas

Age: 29 Years old 

Education: Master's in Sustainability Management at Columbia University

"In 2008, as I was choosing an undergraduate career, Chile was going through a profound energy crisis due to its overdependence on imported fossil fuels, such as natural gas from Argentina. To contribute to discovering solutions that would ensure a sustainable future, I decided to dedicate my professional career to the field of energy and sustainability.

After graduating from Federico Santa María Technical University, I co-founded QUEMPIN, a four-member team of professors and students, to develop energy-efficient gas burners for bakery ovens. Our project was selected from 500 other initiatives as the winner of the Chilean national competition "Impacta Energia," hosted by Chile's Ministry of Energy. 

We have built partnerships with the National Bakery Association's gas companies to reduce carbon emissions for the bakery industry. At present, we have reduced 24,871 kg of CO2e with five active users in Chile.

In my international experience at Columbia University, I hope to keep contributing to solutions that will positively impact climate change in Chile and worldwide."

Internship experience: 

“Currently, I am working with the E-Mobility team at the AgenciaSE. My supervisor is Gabriel Guggisberg, Head of E-Mobility.

I am working on two projects. For the first one, I created a strategy to align their daily work with the national target for 100% electric public transportation in 2040 by interviewing stakeholders, conducting competitive analysis, and designing a project management workflow. In the second one, I am analyzing the charging stations' model for electric regional public transport.

The experience has been great by learning more about E-Mobility! I plan to work in this field in the future. My supervisor and the team have been beneficial and made me feel part of the team."