Cecilio Ortiz Garcia
Dr. Cecilio Ortiz Garcia holds a PhD in Public Policy and Administration from the School of Public Affairs of the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University. He serves as Professor of Political Science at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus. His areas of expertise include Energy Policy and Governance in Puerto Rico, Sustainable Transitions Management in Developing Nations and Public Participation in Energy and Environmental Decision Making. His current research concentrates on the governance of critical infrastructure transformations, particularly sustainable energy transitions and its relationship with community resilience, as well as the role of Higher Education Institutions (HEI) in local and national Extreme Operating Environments (EOE). He is the Co-Founder of the University of Puerto Rico’s National Institute of Energy and Island Sustainability, recognized after Hurricane Maria by the Department of Energy as “the foundation in which to firmly establish Puerto Rico as a Center for Excellence on distributed grid operations , and could also provide both the supply of interdisciplinary engineers and policymakers Puerto Rico will need and the expertise other island and remote grid systems will need in their transition to a distributed, resilient electric sector.” Dr. Ortiz is Senior Fellow on Resilience at the National Council for Science and the Environment in Washington DC, as well as Distinguished Research Fellow at the Global Resiliency Institute at Northeastern University in Boston.