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Hugh Rudnick is Emeritus Professor at the Faculty of Engineering at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. His research activities and publications focus in the market and economic aspects of the electrical power sector, with more than three hundred articles in indexed publications and international technical conferences. He was elected as 2000 Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) "For contributions to electric power sector deregulation in Latin America" (the first Chilean Fellow), as well as full member of the Chilean Academy of Engineering. He was awarded with the 2017 IEEE Power & Energy Society Lifetime Achievement Award. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering of the United States in 2019 For leadership in South American electric power markets, resource and transmission planning, and standards.
Dr. Rudnick has contributed, as researcher and consultant, to the deregulation processes of the electrical sector, mainly in transmission and distribution regulation and tariffs, and organization of the generation wholesale market. He has done consulting with companies and governments in Latin America, North America and Europe, as well as with the World Bank, the UNDP and UNCTAD. His early contributions have served as reference for other deregulation processes taking place worldwide.
Dr. Rudnick has contributed extensively to the development of energy public policy in Chile and Latin America, based on his research and professional experience. He is often requested by the Chilean government to provide his technical support to initiatives being assessed. On May 2011 he was asked by the President and the Minister of Energy to form part of an advisory committee to propose recommendations for the future development of the national electrical system, facing critical problems. He later advised directly the President on several specific market issues. On March 2014 he was asked by the incoming Minister of Energy to advise him on a new Energy Agenda, which he helped to design. He was also asked to lead the definition of a new regulation for electric transmission, work done from 2014 to 2015 and which resulted in a new law presented to the National Congress on August 2015 and approved on July 2016. From 2016 until now he has lead a project with the National Energy Commission to reform the regulation of distribution and its tariffs. Outside Chile, he helped the Mexican Energy Ministry, along with Harvard Professor William Hogan, from 2013 to 2014, to define the global foundation concepts of the Mexican electricity market deregulation.
Rudnick is a Civil Electrical Engineer from Universidad de Chile and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from The Victoria University of Manchester, Great Britain.