Dr. Efraín O'Neill-Carrillo is a Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez (UPRM). He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University (1999), an MSEE from Purdue University (1995) and a BSEE from UPRM (1994). He is a Registered Professional Engineer in PR.
He was the PI in a distance learning Masters Program on sustainable energy between UPRM and University of APEC (UNAPEC, Dominican Republic) which was followed by work in an undergraduate option in renewable energy at UNAPEC. Fifteen Dominican engineers earned their masters degrees from this program.
He is currently collaborating with efforts in two communities to integrate renewable energy, efficiency and conservation into their initiatives in order to transition to more sustainable energy practices focused on the use of local resources. His participation in these community collaborations is supported by two projects funded by DOE http://grided.epri.com/ and the National Science Foundation (NSF) http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=136266.
His views and work on integrative research and education activities, and his professional service have earned Dr. O’Neill UPRM’s Outstanding ECE Professor of the Year Award twice (2001-2002, 2004-2005), the Distinguished Electrical Engineer of the Year Award from the CIAPR in May 2004, an Early Promotion to Full Professor from UPRM in November 2004, and the IEEE/PES Walter Fee Outstanding Young Engineer Award in June 2005.
Dr. O’Neill was the founding Director (2007-2010) of the Institute for Tropical Energy, Environment and Society, leading a group of 15 professors from 10 disciplines in establishing links between energy research and society and influencing energy policy in Puerto Rico (http://iteas.uprm.edu).
He was Visiting Researcher at the Advanced Research Institute of Virginia Tech, Arlington (Summer 2010), the Centre for Economic Renewable Power Delivery at the University of Glasgow, Scotland (June 2004), and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Summer 2002).
Dr. O’Neill led the first distributed generation (DG) studies in Puerto Rico in 2002. He has advised city governments (http://www.uprm.edu/news/articles/as2010112.html) and state agencies in Puerto Rico on energy projects. For example, he is one of the authors of the study “Achievable Renewable Energy Targets for Puerto Rico’s Renewable Portfolio Standard” presenting the potential of renewable energy in Puerto Rico (http://www.uprm.edu/aret). He is author of “Una Nueva AEE” a Spanish document that traces the history of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, and proposing reforms to the utility (http://iteas.uprm.edu/recursos.php). Dr. O’Neill is founding member of the Puerto Rico Electric Energy Round Table, a multi-sector Group that works on technical and policy alternatives for the Future of Puerto Rico’s Electric System, acting as the group Coordinator from 2008 to 2010 (http://iteas.uprm.edu/mesa.html).