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Published on November 3, 2008

Author: ricardo.kompen

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Ricardo Torres Kompen : Ricardo Torres Kompen A short history Ancient history… : Ancient history… I was born in Santiago de Chile..... A long time ago! Slide 3: Little known fact: my great-grandfather was Chinese And my last name is made up. Slide 4: Santiago de Chile My family moved to Venezuela in 1976 : My family moved to Venezuela in 1976 Slide 6: Santiago de Chile Venezuela I was raised in Maturín : Maturín I was raised in Maturín At 15, I decided to study Chemical Engineering at the Universidad Central de Venezuela : At 15, I decided to study Chemical Engineering at the Universidad Central de Venezuela So, I had to move to Caracas… : Maturín Caracas So, I had to move to Caracas… ...and got my degree in 1991 : ...and got my degree in 1991 Young guy Big diploma I was hired by PDVSA, : I was hired by PDVSA, Very cozy... one of the biggest oil companies in the world, and moved to Paraguaná Slide 12: Maturín Caracas Paraguaná It is the biggest oil refinery in the world; it was an interesting experience : It is the biggest oil refinery in the world; it was an interesting experience It’s so big that it shows in satellite pictures : It’s so big that it shows in satellite pictures From 1991 to 1994, I worked as a Process Engineer, overseeing the high-octane gasoline plant production. : From 1991 to 1994, I worked as a Process Engineer, overseeing the high-octane gasoline plant production. During 1995, I was Project Engineer in the construction, start-up and testing of the new Green gasoline project : During 1995, I was Project Engineer in the construction, start-up and testing of the new Green gasoline project In 1996 I left the oil industry and moved to the Venezuelan Andes, Mérida. : In 1996 I left the oil industry and moved to the Venezuelan Andes, Mérida. There, I worked as a Chemical Engineering professor and started my Postgraduate studies in the Universidad de Los Andes Slide 19: Maturín Caracas Paraguaná Mérida Slide 20: I did research on Interfacial Phenomena and Petroleum Recovery, and finished my Thesis Dissertation on 2000 It was called “Formulation of pH-sensitive water-oil-surfactant systems with carboxylic acids” Thus, I got my Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering : Thus, I got my Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering Older, fatter guy Small diploma In 2001 I decided to get my Ph. D., and moved to Barcelona : In 2001 I decided to get my Ph. D., and moved to Barcelona My fellow doctorands : My fellow doctorands Conferences : Conferences From 1998 to 2004 I attended an International Conference organized by Chemical engineering students They take turns to host the event, and meet in different countries every year It was an excellent opportunity to meet new people, keep up with the latest information and get to know new places 1998: Mérida, Venezuela : 1998: Mérida, Venezuela 1999: Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala : 1999: Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala 2000: Mendoza, Argentina : 2000: Mendoza, Argentina 2001: La Habana, Cuba : 2001: La Habana, Cuba 2002: Valparaíso, Chile : 2002: Valparaíso, Chile 2003: Tampico, México : 2003: Tampico, México Slide 37: 2004: Bogotá, Colombia e-Ducation Conferences : e-Ducation Conferences United Arab Emirates 2005 & 2007: Abu Dhabi : 2005 & 2007: Abu Dhabi Hobbies : Hobbies Travels : Travels I like travelling and getting to know how people live in different countries and cultures These are some of the places I have been to so far: UK : UK Greece : Greece Italy : Italy Germany : Germany France : France Belgium : Belgium Finland : Finland Portugal : Portugal Austria : Austria Spain : Spain Ibiza : Ibiza Canary Islands : Canary Islands Valencia : Valencia Madrid : Madrid La Garrotxa : La Garrotxa Castellterçol : Castellterçol Granada : Granada Segovia : Segovia Ávila : Ávila Reading : Reading I like reading in English I prefer Science Fiction, History, Fantasy, Travel and Science books Magazines: about movies, travelling and science, and MAD magazine Music : Music I love music and have a huge CD collection It ranges from classical to indie pop I like 80´s music I also like going to concerts; check the web for updates Movies : Movies I am a big Star Wars fan (GEEK!) I also read movie magazines and try to keep track of productions and new movies I enjoy independent productions and foreign language movies (i.e., not in English) Good combination: Star Wars and puzzles : Good combination: Star Wars and puzzles Cooking : Cooking I like cooking; I think it’s relaxing I try to learn recipes when I visit new places My specialities include italian, indonesian, chinese, greek, japanese, vegetarian,… Not really a sweets person My Family : My Family I am the eldest of three brothers One lives in Spain, and has a son, Santiago Slide 76: The youngest one lives in Venezuela. He and his wife had triplets, so they have their hands full! Slide 77: My parents are retired, both of them worked as professors at the University So did most of my aunts and uncles Since they have loads of free time, they travel a lot. Slide 78: They usually spend three months in Venezuela, two or three in Spain, three or four in Venezuela, then two in Chile. Then they start over. So, we travel a lot together. We went to Greece and Germany last summer. And are planning to spend Christmas in Malta. Cats : Cats I have two cats, Sebastian and Sophia Slide 80: And this is pretty much it for now. I’m looking forward to seeing YOUR presentations (soon!) Slide 81: “Some people are like slinkies. They are not really good for anything. But they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.” Slide 82: “I am gonna make it through this year, if it kills me!” The Mountain Goats

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