Miguel Pardo is a technologist and enthusiast of digital culture. He brings tools and solutions that implies innovation to demonstrate the importance of digital fabrication in today's society and its positive impact on the distribution of energy.
He is currently working as a Research and Innovation Manager at Endesa where he is working since the last 13 years. Endesa is an electric utility company based in Spain subsidiary of Enel Group, one the largest European utilities in Europe.
Miguel serves as lecturer at La Salle Universitat Ramon Llull of Barcelona in the Postgraduates of Smart Cities and Smart Grids. He also has been lecturer at the University of Girona in the Master of Smart Cities and the University of Miami, the School of Engineering.
He is an active member of the collaborative design studio uAbureau based out of Spain, Canada and Colombia which aims to promote and showcase public and participatory design build projects.
He was also member of Beach Lab, the first Fab Lab in front of the sea in Barcelona, where he has been developing a Living Lab oriented to education with the help of the city council and the participation of the citizens.
Endesa is an electric utility company based in Spain subsidiary of Enel Group, one the largest European utilities in Europe.
Miguel has been working for Endesa since 2004 where he has been collaborating in different departments druing his career, always focusing on projects related to innovation and sustainable energies.
At this moment Miguel is mapping new opportunities of growth in the fields of Smart Grids being Research and Innovation Manager.
The last years he has been project manager for several national and European R&D projects in the field of the future distribution of electrical grids and electro mobility bringing those projects into real market solutions.
He was business developer for the ESCO department of Endesa where he was collaborating in several projects related to energy efficiency. He has great expierence on financing models such as PPP, working together with Public Administration.
Previously he spent 4 years developing and managing renewable energy projects in the fields of solar pv energy and wind energy systems.
Beach Lab is a research and digital fabrication start-up. It is also a Barcelona based FabCafe and a fabrication laboratory participant in a global network of Fab Labs managed by MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms.
Miguel was in charge of creating a Living Lab to ease the life of the citizens by showing them new ways of innovating, sharing and learning within the city. The concept behind the Living Lab Sitges is based on a user co-creation approach which integrates creativity, research and participatory processes.
Miguel serves as a lecturer in the Postgraduates of Smart Cities and Smart Grids. He also is advisoring and tutoring students with their thesis.
At the same time he is member of the tribunal where students defends their Final Master Thesis.
During the classes he emphasizes creativity, business cases and stimulates aspects of real working expierences with students.
uAbureau is an international collaborative design studio based out of Spain, Canada and Colombia. It is a dynamic team of urbanists, architects, designers and artists working at various scales from urban R&D to participatory design projects.
Miguel is working on the Floating Fab Lab. The first Fab Lab that will navigate the Amazon River from Perú to Brazil. It will provide local communities the access to technological tools that will allow them to cope with their daily challenges of water, energy, health, food and education. At the same time it will serve as a place for reasearching in biotechnologies and have a better understanding of the Amazon.
The Fab Academy is a Digital Fabrication Program directed by Neil Gershenfeld of MIT’s Center For Bits and Atoms and based on MIT’s rapid prototyping course, MAS 863: How to Make (Almost) Anything. The Fab Academy began as an outreach project from the CBA, and has since spread to Fab Labs around the world. The program provides advanced digital fabrication instruction for students through an unique, hands-on curriculum and access to technological tools and resources.
Students learn how to use a Fab Lab’s digital fabrication tools for rapid prototyping:
Epilog Mini Lasercutter
Roland MDX-20 Milling Machine
Roland CAMM-1 Servo GX-24 Desktop Vinyl Cutter
Electronics design and production by producing circuit boards using a variety of sensors and output devices.
Programming AVR microcontrollers on the boards they have produced
Molding and casting
3D scanning and printing
Duration: 5 months
The Master of Project Management prepares students to be accredited by the PMI's Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC). The degree complements an on-the-job training and provides students with the advanced project management skills needed to manage large, complex projects. It also equips students with the fundamental methodologies, modelling and analysis skills for the design and implementation of projects across a wide range of fields such as infrastructure, renewables, IT, finance and various types of consultancy projects. Students are trained to apply best practices whatever the project/programme/portfolio in whatever industry or organisation. Students learn how to work in an international and multicultural environment. Graduates are drivers of organisational performance.
Duration: 1 year
The Master in Industrial Design trains students to be a qualified professional who carries out industrial design activities and create new products, concepts and services that add value to the production process. They acquire the necessary experience in design to plan and develop the entire lifecycle of a product, as well as key competencies in establishing and developing operational, functional, technical, constructive, aesthetic and communicative aspects of production and commercialisation. Students learn to generate virtual and physical models and prototypes, use manual and computer tools for calculation and artistic and industrial expression, process graphic information, and analyse and assess the social and environmental impact of technical solutions.
Duration: 1 year
The bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, covers the technological fundamentals of the generation and distribution of electrical energy and the control and protection of electrical systems. Students acquire the skills needed to supervise and manage engineering projects related to electrical systems, high-, medium- and low-power installations, machine and industrial production line automation, and the generation and distribution of electrical energy. Students also become familiar with emerging fields such as electric traction and the development of renewable energies.
Duration: 4 years