Dr. MarÃa Cristina Verde Rodarte. Born date: 15th February 1950 in Mexico City, MEXICO. Cristina Verde received the BS degree in Electronic and Communication Eng. from National Polytechnic, Mexico in 1973, the MS degree in Electrical Eng. from the National Polytechnic, in MÃ©xico 1974 and the PhD Degree in Electrical Eng. from the Duisburg University in Germany in 1983. In 1984, she joined the National University from Mexico (UNAM) where she got the titular professor position in 1986 and became the head of the automatic control department in 1988. She has been the Coordinator of the Postgraduate School in Computer Science and Engineering from the National University. Prof. Verde is a member of the IEEE, the Mexican National Academy of Engineering, the Germany Society of Engineering (VDE), the Mexican National Academy of Sciences (AI) and was vice-chairperson of the Education Committee of the IFAC and was Secretary of the Mexican National Academy of Engineering. She is currently serving as an Editor of the Revista Iberoamericana de AutomÃ¡tica e InformÃ¡tica Industrial, Spain. She is author and co-author of over 150 papers published in congress and journals, which included different aspects of robust control design for hydraulic systems, like analysis of open water channels, rainfall-runoff model, real time release policies for reservoir systems, leaks detection and location in water pipelines and electric generation plants. She has used the control theory to improve distribution, regulation and quality of water in Mexico and her main topics of research interests include automatic fault detection and diagnosis for dynamic systems and integrity of industrial process. She got the Prize Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz given by the National University to the outstanding women in the engineering field in 2005.