Director of Culture and Education
An experienced professional and longstanding professor in the field of mechanical engineering, composite and nano-composite projects...
Andres Rigail was born in Mexico D.F., to an Ecuadorian family. At the age of 3, he and his family moved to Guayaquil, Ecuador as a place of residence.
After completing his secondary education, he entered "Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral (ESPOL)," a prestigious university in Ecuador, and received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, ranking in the top 2% of his class at the time of graduation.
In 1999, He lived in Houston for about two years, improving his English language skills. In 2000, he received a Personal Leadership Program Award from North Harris College (Houston, TX).
In 2003, Andres obtained a MSc in Polymer Science at the University of Connecticut. His graduate work focused in researching cure monitoring of epoxy resin coatings using fluorescence spectroscopy for Dr. Chong Sook Paik Sung.
Andres also was a visiting professor in Dr. Sue’s polymer Research group in Polymer Nanocomposite in the Polymer Technology Center at Texas A & M University during part of Spring 2004.
Upon his return to Ecuador, Andres joined the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at ESPOL becoming part of the implementation team of a Plastics Processing Laboratory and a new college credit opportunity called Plastics Technology currently offered by his Alma mater.
In his quest to further his studies, he also received an MBA from the University of Quebec in Montreal in 2007 and due to his interest in epoxy nanocomposites, he pursued a Doctoral degree in Plastics Engineering at UMass Lowell under the mentorship of Prof. Daniel Schmidt in 2015. He focused in the development of bio-based epoxy/clay nanocomposites for environment friendly anti-corrosion coatings.
During his professional career, Andres has performed consultant work for the use of vapor phase corrosion inhibitors (VCIs) for Cortec Corporation in structural concrete protection and organic coatings and he is a research faculty in Mechanical Engineering and Productions Science at ESPOL. As part of his responsibilities, he works in polymer composite and nanocomposite projects in collaboration with Belgian and U.S. universities.
In 2017, Andres became the new Director of Culture and Education for Houston Guayaquil Sister City Association in Guayaquil, a non-profit organization created to foster cultural and educational exchange, medical assistance, tourism, art, commercial trade opportunities and good will between Guayaquil, Ecuador and Houston. As part of the organization, he has undertaken the challenge to become a liaison in very ambitious project to connect Universities such as ESPOL and others that are part of the Ecuadorian Coastal Consortium Universities to their American counterparts.