Oscar Gerardo CASTRO ARDILA, MSc in Mechanical Engineering (Colombia)

Oscar Gerardo holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering. He has a keen interest in wind energy and sustainable use of energy sources. His doctoral research focuses on progressive structural damage in wind turbine blades called fatigue. His objective is to develop more accurate and reliable fatigue lifetime prediction methods that contribute to better wind turbine blade designs.

Current position: PhD Student at the Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Research focus: Wind Energy and the sustainable use of energy sources

In 2013 Oscar Gerardo was awarded a Green Talent. The award gave him the opportunity to work at TU Berlin and helped him to reach his PhD student status at DTU. During his PhD he had the opportunity to continue working in cooperation with TU Berlin. He is trying to establish connections between DTU and different universities, companies and government entities in Colombia to establish a network that allows the development of wind energy technology in the country.

2010 National Program for Training Young Researchers and Innovators Virginia Gutierrez de Pineda, granted by Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation (Colciencias)
2009 Awarded Claudio Fernandez Riva at the University of Valle

CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2013):


Research focus: The sustainable use of energy sources

Oscar Castro Ardila started out as an undergraduate, researching Wind Energy. Eventually, he obtained an MSc in Engineering with emphasis on Wind Energy and is now leading his own research group. It seemed unavoidable that such a talented researcher would not catch the ‘sustainability bug’. As he says: “I feel strongly motivated to make use of this opportunity to make contributions to both local and global knowledge on sustainability”.

At only age 27, Oscar Castro Ardila was recently asked to lead his own research group: the Diffusion and Use of Alternative Energy Sources (GDDTA) in Mechanical Engineering at his alma mater, the Universidad Valle in his native Colombia. He believes that in order for sustainability to be advanced, all disciplines should work together: architects, biologists, environmentalists and sociologists. Interestingly, he also prefers to work with sustainability projects that involve not only students but also the national community and regional industry. All of which he managed to combine and include in past projects.

His current GDDTA research group is his most ambitious yet: “We are using hybrid renewable energy systems for power generation, producing renewable biofuels, using photovoltaic electrolysis to obtain potable water and hydrogen, and in the end we are trying to advance the renewable energy potential in rural and urban Colombian zones,” Castro Ardila says.

In the past, Castro Ardila received an award for his BA-thesis, graduated Summa cum Laude, and was part of the ‘National Program for Training Young Researchers and Innovators, Virginia Gutierrez de Pineda’. Currently, he is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware where he is actively involved in the research of high-performance simulations of particle-laden turbulent flows, within the environmental multiphase flows research group.