Confirmed Plenary Speakers



Carlos E. Castaño (VCU), USA

“Multifunctional Cerium-Based Thin Films and Nanomaterials: Technological Applications”

He belongs to the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering of the Virginia Commonwealth University in Virginia, USA. His work focuses on adapting the surface properties of materials by physical and chemical means. Methods for engineering applications. The research areas are organized around four main fields: nanotechnology, surface science, functional coatings and materials in extreme environments, e.g. irradiation, plasmas and high temperatures.


Diana G. Zárate Triviño (UANL), México

“Design, characterization and evaluation of a nanocomposite as a therapeutic alternative in the treatment of chronic lesions: an in vivo and in vitro study”

Degree in Industrial Microbiology from the Universidad Pontificia Javeriana, Colombia 2006. She is Master and Doctor of Science with a specialty in Materials from CINVESTAV-IPN (Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico) 2009 and 2014, respectively.

Paula L. Giraldo Gallo (UNIANDES), Colombia

“Quantum Materials in Extreme Conditions”

Degree in Physics and M.Sci. in Physics from Universidad de Los Andes, 2006 and 2009, respectively. She holds a PhD degree in Physics from Stanford University – USA, 2015. Her research areas includes physics of condensed matter (experimental), and synthesis of monocrystals and materials in extreme conditions.

Dr. Homero Castaneda

Homero Castaneda (TexasA&M),

“Development of the methodology of Direct Evaluation of External Corrosion to improve reliability in Buried Ducts”

B.S. Chemical Metallurgical Engineering (Honors), National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM, M.S. Materials Science (Honors), National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM. Dr. Materials Science and Eng., Penn State University, University Park, PA.
Associate Professor and Director, National Corrosion and Materials Reliability Center. Materials Science and Engineering. TexasA&M University.

Homero Castaneda

Horacio Torres Sánchez,

“The science of lightning: at the service of humanity”

Professor Emeritus of the UN, Electrical Engineer, MSc in Power Systems and doctoral studies at the Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Germany, with DAAD scholarship.


Renato Tozin,

“The Hot-Dip Galvanizing Process as a solution in the protection of steel, main applications and new trends”

Graduated in Chemical Engineering from Pontifical Catholic University in Curitiba-Brazil. With 6 years of experience in the mining industry, metalworking, metallurgy, and currently operates in the development of the polymetallic market, alloys development and technical assistance. Renato is a market development and technical assistance engineer at Nexa Resources since 2013.

Julián Portocarrero

Julián Portocarrero Hermann,

“Development and Application of Composite Materials in the Aeronautical and Aerospace Field in the Colombian Air Force”

Mechanical Engineer Universidad del Valle, Doctoral Studies in Engineering with Emphasis in Materials Engineering, Consultant and Consultant of Industrial Companies, Industrial Mechanical Failure Analyst (32 years of professional experience), University Teacher and Researcher with more than 30 years of experience, in various universities:

  • Universidad del Valle [Sedes Cali, Yumbo y Palmira].
  • Autónoma de Occidente Cali.
  • Universidad Antonio Nariño (Sedes Cali Norte y Farallones)
  • Fundación Universitaria Centro Superior Cali.
  • Escuela Militar de Aviación “Marco Fidel Suárez” (EMAVI) de la Fuerza Aérea Colombiana (FAC), Programa de Ingeniería Mecánica.