Hello! My name is Maria Guerra and I am the new Technology Editor on Electronic Design covering Analog/Power. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela. Upon graduation, life circumstances brought me to the United States, where I earned a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a certificate in Wireless Communications at NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Over the course of my career, I have been involved in the oil and gas industry. In my hometown, I worked at Pequiven S.A., where I was responsible for estimating electric-circuit variables pertaining to the bottom of oil wells. Variables pertaining to the surface of oil wells were normalized and fed into a neural network for the estimation. In the UK, I worked for Kellogg, Brown, and Root Ltd. (KBR). While working there, one of the responsibilities that I enjoyed the most was giving technical support to the Electrical Engineering Group.

At KBR, I performed power systems studies (e.g., load-flow calculations, short-circuit analysis, motor-starting studies, harmonic studies, etc.) for different projects for both offshore and onshore designs. I communicated the results of those studies by writing technical reports, which I always found quite rewarding and challenging. Now I find myself in a similar situation: researching and reporting.

In my new role, I am going to have the chance to report on the latest information related to emerging technologies in the analog and power electronics world. I am also looking forward to sharing with our readers various learning resources that will help to refresh and reinforce engineering concepts.

I am particularly looking forward to talking about power-semiconductor technology trends. I would like our readers to be aware of what the industry leaders in the power electronics world have to offer in the areas of power management, charging, energy harvesting, power generation, and more. Among the hot topics that I plan to cover are electric/hybrid cars, renewable energy sources, and wireless charging technologies.

I’m based in Electronic Design’s New York City office and can be reached at maria.guerra@penton.com.