CEO of The United States-Mexico Foundation for Science, Mexico
Electrical, Mechanical Engineer Bachelor, Physics Bachelor from the National University of Mexico (UNAM) and Engineering Economics Systems M.Sc. from Stanford University. He also coursed the IPADE’s Program for CEOs.
As Deputy Director of the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) he created different scientific and technological information services for industry, one of those is INFOTEC. He worked as a researcher and engineer at the Federal Electricity Commission in Mexico (CFE). He was Executive Director of the Electrical Research Institute (IIE) in charge of more than 200 innovation projects jointly with the CFE and LyFC, from which enterprises as SINTEC and SIDETEC were created.
Fernandez has been a leading technical advisor to projects at the UNDP-GEF and has actively participated in several Mexican and international professional organizations such as the Mexican Association of University Mechanical and Electrical Engineers (AIUME), Mexican Association of Mechanical and Electrical Engineers (AMIME) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is Member of the Cross-border Institute for Regional Development (CBIRD), and Member of the Advisory Board of the National Science Resources Center (NSRC). He has participated as Advisor for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The Academy of Science of France has awarded him with the PurKwa Prize 2008, because his enthusiasm in fostering programs about scientific education for children in Mexico.