In 1997, Pablo Ibarguengoytia completed his PhD 'Any time probabilistic sensor validation in Computer and Mathematical Science'. He now works at the Instituto de Investigaciones Eléctricas (IIE - Electric Research Institute), Mexico’s research centre dedicated to the electric and oil industries, as an Investigator in Research and Development. Pablo explains the tasks involved in his job:
“I develop projects that apply Artificial Intelligence (AI) to the area of electricity. This involves proposing, defending, developing and testing different AI applications. I gain immense satisfaction from obtaining results other researchers did not expect. The downside is that the general public often resist the new tools I have developed in computing.
I partially studied at the University of Salford because Professor Holland organised a special in-house degree program between Salford and The Electric Research Institute (IIE). Therefore, I studied half of my PhD in Mexico and half in Salford. Whilst at Salford, I completed a world class high tech project and successfully defended the ideas developed in the project. I also increased my confidence to apply the new knowledge to almost any field.
When I left Salford I found it difficult to return to my normal environment in Mexico, despite only spending one and a half years at the university. However, as a newly qualified Doctor of Philosophy in Computer and Mathematical Science, I was able to propose and develop new projects and introduce new courses to the IIE.
My advice to international students/graduates wanting a successful career in Mexico is to always investigate how to improve the work we do and not to be content to stand still. For non-Mexicans who would like to work here, accept the challenge of living and working in another country. It is extremely important that international students are aware of how different life is in a country that is not their own, and that they learn positively from the experience. This process will have started as a student in the UK.”
by Fiona Christie