Mateo Valero, an honorary academician of the RAED, has been recognized for his contribution to the scientific development and training of young people

Mateo Valero, director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre-Spanish National Supercomputing Centre (BSC-CNS), professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and elected academician of the Royal European Academy of Doctors-Barcelona 1914 (RAED), received from Enrique Peña Nieto, president of Mexico, the award of the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle for “his contribution to scientific development in Mexico, to the teaching of science for the formation of Mexican young people and the promotion of Mexican culture in Europe”, as the edict recognizes Valero and three other European scientists. The elected honorary academician of the RAED thus becomes one of the ten Spaniards who until now have received the highest distinction that the Mexican government grants to foreign citizens.

The solemn recognition session was held on March 17 in Mexico City. Along with Valero, Peña Nieto distinguished the Czech scientist and pedagogue Ludmila Holková Oborná, the professor at the Carolina University in Prague and the coordinator of Ibero-American Studies at the University of Pardubice (Czech Republic) Oldich Kapar and the professor and researcher specializing in Hispanic-Mexican issues Tomás Pérez Vejo, doctor in Geography and History from the Complutense University of Madrid.

Mateo Valero studied Telecommunications Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and received his doctorate at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, where he has been teaching since 1980 and where he has held a Chair in the Computer Architecture Department since 1983. He has been the Department Director and dean of the Faculty of Informatics. His research topics are focused on this field, with special emphasis on some aspects of supercomputers and high-performance computers. Since its creation in 2004, he has been the director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre-Spanish National Supercomputing Centre, which houses the MareNostrum supercomputer.