Last Tuesday, November 24, the act of recognition of Antonio Núñez took place to comply with the initiative that starts from Telefónica and the Telefónica Chair of the ULPGC, and which aims to highlight the qualities and contributions of this professor both to the ULPGC and to Technology and Research in the Canary Islands and its international impact.
Antonio Núñez Ordóñez was born in Madrid in 1951. In 1974 he obtained the title of Telecommunications Engineer at the ETSIT of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, where he also obtained a doctorate in 1981, his thesis tutor being Professor Roberto Moreno Díaz. In 1974 he joined the Polytechnic University of Las Palmas and has been a University Professor in the area of Electronic Technology, by the ULPGC, since 1988.
During the period (1974-76) he also worked as a consultant for Telefónica. He expanded postdoctoral studies at EPFL in Lausanne in 1981 working on microelectronic design full custom with the new technology of CMOS circuits, of low consumption, and in microcode optimization for VLSI processors. He made two long stays in the United States, one as a visiting scientist at Stanford, Palo Alto, in 1986, and another at Purdue, West Lafayette, during 1987 and 1988, as Invited Professor working on microelectronic design with high mobility electrons in GaAs and other compounds, for high frequency telecom and datacom devices (Gigahertz).
He was Secretary General of the Polytechnic University of Las Palmas in the period 1982-83 during the mandate of Rector Francisco Rubio Royo and Secretary of the Management Commission of the Polytechnic University of the Canary Islands, the UPC on which the ULPGC was legally built. He has been director of the Department of Electronics and founder of ETSIT in the 1989/1990 academic year and director in its first four years of existence.
In 1988 he founded the Laboratory for Research in Applied Microelectronics, when European funds were obtained for the incorporation of the laboratory to the group of initiating laboratories of the Eurochip program, funds from the European PATMOS project for research in Microelectronics, and national funds from the Special Action on Microelectronics of the Program National Microelectronics. In 1990 he founded the Center for Applied Microelectronics (CMA), with its facilities in Pavilion A of the Electronics and Telecommunications Building. The Center remains attached to the ETSIT. During the period from 1990 to 1998, he was an active promoter of the creation of University Institutes at the ULPGC. On January 30, 1998, the Governing Board approved the creation of the University Institute of Applied Microelectronics (IUMA), which was ratified by the Social Council in February and by the Council of Universities on July 15, 1998. He has been director of the IUMA in the periods 1998-2011 and 2013-19.
He has received various awards and recognition throughout his research career, among which the following stand out: ULPGC Award for University Excellence in Teaching and Research in 2003. Honorary Fellow, International Society for Quality Electronic Design ISQED, San José, California, USA , 2007.
On the other hand, Antonio Núñez Ordóñez has been associate editor of multiple international scientific journals. In addition, he has also been General President of congresses of the specialty in Paris, Vienna and Moscow. He has been a member of countless national and international professional and scientific organizations. Scientific collaborator and advisor to the magazine “Mundo Electrónico”. Member of working group 2 of Technical Committee 10 of the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP). EDA Association. VHDL User Group (Spain).
He has supervised more than 12 doctoral theses. He has led the creation of 5 CUs and 14 TUs in Electronic Technology at the ULPGC. He has directed 7 European projects including leading companies such as Philips, Thomson, STMicroelectronics, Soitec, OnSemi, IQE, Thales, Vitesse, etc, and five projects of the National Plan. His lines of research have been: Device and Circuit Technology in Composite Semiconductors, in particular GaAs and GaN oriented at high speed, high power and high frequency. High Level Electronic Design Optimization Methodology, particularly for low consumption and real-time performance. Devices and Architectures for Image and Video Processing, oriented to SoC implementation.
The motivated proposals for both awards were issued by Juan Flores Mederos, Telefónica Canary Islands Director, in letters addressed to the two Research Institutes IUMA and IUCTC of the ULPGC. The respective Executive Committees of both centers, meeting respectively on November 9 (IUMA) and November 10 (IUCTC) unanimously reaffirmed among all the members of the Institutes, the approval to grant the recognitions to Roberto Moreno and Antonio Núñez.