Doctor José Meza Pereira became the new rector of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) in Carolina before the departure of Dr. Jorge Valentín Asencio, who is retiring as of the month of July, reported the president of the university system, Dr. Jorge Haddock .
The Governing Board of the UPR approved the appointment it presented last Friday, June 26, according to the press release from the Institution.
“We welcome Dr. Meza Pereira and wish him the best of success in his new duties. We are certain that with his experience and knowledge we will be able to advance the transformation of the institution, as well as large projects of entrepreneurship and innovation for the benefit of the students of the University of Puerto Rico in Carolina. Likewise, my thanks to Dr. Valentín Asencio for his time and dedication to improve and expand the educational opportunities of our students. We appreciate your commitment and contribution to the development of powerful programs in the institution. Our best wishes for you to enjoy this new stage in your life. His work is part of the trajectory of excellence of the University of Puerto Rico, "said Haddock.
Meza Pereira, a graduate of the University Campus of Mayagüez (RUM) of the UPR, thanked the support of the representatives of the university community and the trust given by Dr. Haddock to occupy the position.
“I assume with great honor such an important appointment and I deeply appreciate the trust placed in me to guide the destiny of the University of Puerto Rico in Carolina. We are in an era of transformation and new opportunities, and I know that I have a university community eager to continue giving their best every step of the way. Together we will exalt the UPR in Carolina and take it to a modern place, always highlighting our history and the history of the institution as the first educational center in the country, "said Meza Pereira, who received the endorsement and support of student and cloister representatives of the Senate Academic from the UPR in Carolina, as well as from the General Student Council.
For his part, Dr. Valentín Asencio said he was satisfied with the work done. “For over 30 years I have had the privilege of serving the academy with honesty and diligence. The last three years, I had the honor of being the rector of the UPR in Carolina and facing great challenges that, together with our university community, we managed to successfully overcome. I leave behind an enclosure that was part of my life, a university community that I consider my extended family. I leave satisfied with the work done and convinced that today the UPR in Carolina is stronger to face the future successfully, "he said.
Meza Pereira obtained her Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technological University of Bolívar, and continued studies graduates from the UPR University Campus of Mayagüez, where he completed a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Doctorate in Chemical Engineering.
In 1998 he joined the academy as a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at RUM. He began working as an instructor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Maintenance and Automotive Technology at UPR in Carolina in 2000. He obtained the rank of Associate Professor in 2018. Since 2020, he has served as Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Technologies. from the UPR in Carolina. Renewable energy has always been one of the main topics in his research.
He has extensive administrative experience, having served as Dean of Administrative Affairs at the UPR in Carolina during the years 2013 to 2015, and again from August 2018 to the present. Previously, he was coordinator of the Engineering Technology Department and member of the Permanent Improvements Auction Board of the university system. He has served as a program evaluator and since 2017 is a member of the Advisory Commission of the State Approving Agency of the Department of Education of Puerto Rico.
Dr. Meza Pereira highlights as one of his achievements in the administrative area having obtained significant savings at UPR in Carolina over the past five years by implementing measures to save energy consumption