Aramis Sánchez

Through CEDIA I meet several fellow researchers and we learn about what everyone else does, we invite each other to events. There is a greater and better interaction between researchers.

Aramis Sánchez Juárez, Mexico.
Doctor in physics, specialized in optics.
Professor of physics, mathematics, and thermodynamics at the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, UTPL.

What is the objective of the project?

The project deals with studying optical, chemical, and mechanical methods and materials, and its main objective is to generate courses and MOOC tutorials, with which anyone can learn about the properties of these materials. We want to promote this line of research with joint work between EPN, ESPOCH, and UTPL universities. In each university there are teams to classify materials, where the course material that will make up this MOOC will be made. We have an X-ray diffractometer, magnetic resonance equipment, mechanical resistance tests, and fluorescence equipment. In addition, we have equipment for optical spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy.

To whom is this project addressed?

Since there are not many specialists in material classification, and every day new materials are generated in university chemistry laboratories, we saw the importance of forming a work group of people who are dedicated to materials classification and research on this subject, since nowadays, the economy is focused on products with added value and not on raw materials.

How did your interest in this research begin?

Ever since I was young. When I started studying physics I knew that I had to perform research until I had a PhD. The market demands doctors in physics or mathematics. You can hardly get a job if you do not have a very high level of education.

Second, my personal interest in renewable energy.

What challenges have you faced?

Speaking of the project, chemistry has been a challenge for me because when it comes to researching materials, chemistry topics must be rigorously applied. However, I try to keep a team of people who know what I do not know, to collaborate with each other and move the project forward.

Have you had previous experience with CEDIA?

It is the first time that I have had experience with CEDIA.

What benefits of CEDIA have been used in this project?

It is very important the follow-up that the CEDIA staff gives to the project. They answer any questions we have. Another benefit used is the repository platform where we will load the MOOCs. I'm even contacting someone who will help us with this.

How do you see the existence of institutions that support research and the cooperation among researchers?

It's pretty good because, for example, I would not have interaction with ESPOCH staff if it were not through CEDIA. I meet several fellow researchers, and we learn about what everyone else does, we invite each other to events. There is a greater and better interaction between researchers.

What is your perception about research in Ecuador?

There is a lot of initiative. However, they rely a lot on the experience of foreigners before that of their colleagues, although I believe that there are many prepared Ecuadorians who can do their job well.
The natural resources of the country are very well researched (technically speaking), unlike Mexico, where other investigations are carried out.

What does Ecuadorian research need?

Greater communication between them. There are jobs that are not being done due to lack of proposals or lack of communication.

How can research be made more visible?

In UTPL they publish a monthly scientific journal where they write about the projects of different research groups. In this way, one can know about the progress made by the university.  Something similar should be done at the country level.

What is your opinion about the future of Ecuadorian research?

I do not know, I need a bigger vision. But I think we're on the right track, a lot of people are researching very interesting topics.

What advice can you give to young researchers?

Do not get discouraged. Lose your fear of the sciences like mathematics and physics. I give classes to the first three cycles of university students, and I see that there is a lot of discouragement.

On the other hand, I tell the researchers to listen to the students. Many of the proposed topics for the aforementioned MOOCs are proposed by the students.

Is there something you would like to add to this interview?

I thank CEDIA a lot. I have had a lot of support from them since I arrived in the country. We must interact more between researchers and lose the fear of sharing their ideas and projects.