Marcel J. Castro-Sitiriche

Center for Hemispherical Cooperation in Research and Education in Engineering and Applied Science (CoHemis) -
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering -
College of Engineering -
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez -
Call Box 9000, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 00681

Fulbright Scholar 2014-2015, Adjunct Faculty
Materials and Energy Science and Engineering Department -
Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology -
PO BOX 447, Arusha, Tanzania

I am an associate professor of Electrical Engineering and co-director of the Center for Hemispherical Cooperation in Research and Education in Engineering and Applied Science (CoHemis) at the University of Puerto Rico in the Mayagüez Campus, Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez (UPRM-RUM). I am also adjunct professor at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha, Tanzania. My research efforts include academic, educational and service activities. Some of my areas of interest include appropriate technology,  renewable energy systems, rural electrification, engineering education, power electronics, and responsible wellbeing. One of my current projects that combine most of my research interests is based in the concept of responsible wellbeing. The project title is "Cultivating Responsible Wellbeing in STEM: Social Engagement through Personal Ethics" and you can find more information in the following link: weblink.

Major Funded Projects:

Book Chapters:
  • Ahmed Rubaai, Paul Young, Abdul Ofoli, Marcel J. Castro-Sitiriche, "Fuzzy Logic Applications in Electrical Drives and Power Electronics, In: Muhammad H. Rashid, Ph.D., Editor(s), Power Electronics Handbook (Third Edition), Butterworth-Heinemann, Boston, 2011, Pages 1115-1137, ISBN 978-0-12-382036-5, DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-382036-5.00037-9.(

Journal Papers:
  • Nyari, E.A., Castro-Sitiriche, M. and Park, S.E. "An Experimental Study of Electrical Appliances Consumption Using Panel Meter Data". Journal of Power and Energy Engineering, 5, 132-144, 2017,
  • Castro-Sitiriche, Marcel J., Luis Jiménez-Rodríguez; "Responsible Wellbeing and Energy Threshold". ETHOS Gubernamental: Revista del Centro para el Desarrollo del Pensamiento Ético, Oficina de Ética Gubernamental, No. VII, San Juan, Puerto Rico, pp. 64-126, June 2014. ISSUU
  • Castro-Sitiriche, Marcel J., Mandoye Ndoye; “On The Links Between Sustainable Wellbeing And Electric Energy Consumption”, African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development (AJSTID), Taylor & Francis, 2013, weblink.
  • Verharen, C., J. Tharakan, G. Middendorf, M. Castro-Sitiriche, and G. Kadoda; "Introducing Survival Ethics into Engineering Education and Practice", Science and Engineering Ethics, Springer, Online First™, 8 December 2011 PDF,  html
  • A. Rubaai, M.J. Castro-Sitiriche, A. Ofoli; “DSP-Based Laboratory Implementation of Hybrid Fuzzy-PID Controller Using Genetic Optimization for High Performance Motor Drives”;  IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol. 44 pp. 1977-1986, Nov-Dec. 2008. PDF

  • A. Rubaai, M.J. Castro-Sitiriche, A. Ofoli; “Design and Implementation of Parallel Fuzzy PID Controller for High Performance Brushless Motor Drives: An Integrated Environment for Rapid Control”;  IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol. 44 pp. 1090-1098 July-Aug. 2008. PDF

  • A. Rubaai, M.J. Castro-Sitiriche, M. Garuba, and L. Burge; “Implementation of Artificial Neural Network-Based Tracking Controller for High Performance Stepper Motor Drives”;  IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 54, pp. 218-227 Feb. 2007. PDF

  • Tharakan, J., Castro, M., Trimble, J., Stephenson, B., and Verharen, C.(2005)  Diversifying Engineering Education:  A Seminar Course on Ethics and Philosophy of Appropriate Teaching,  Global Journal of Engineering Education, Australia, 2005, UICEE (1-7). PDF

Conference Papers:
  • Castro-Sitiriche, M., J. Gomez, Y. Cintrón, “The Longest Power Blackout in History and Energy Poverty”, International Conference on Appropriate Technology 2018, Porto-Novo, Benin, November 2018.
  • Ortiz, S., M. Ndoye and M. Castro-Sitiriche, "Load Monitoring and Benefit Assessment," Clemson University power System Conference 2018, Charleston, South Carolina, September 4-7, 2018.
  • Ortiz, S., M. Ndoye, E. A. Nyari, E. Park and M. Castro-Sitiriche, "Rural Microgrid Load Profile Benefit Assessment," 2018 IEEE PES/IAS PowerAfrica, Cape Town, South Africa, 2018, pp. 675-680. doi: 10.1109/PowerAfrica.2018.8520964. URL
  • Nyari, E.A., Castro-Sitiriche, M. and Park, S.E. "Development of Demand-Side Management Strategies using Panel Meter and End user Feedback Information", International Conference on Energy and Sustainability, Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology Arusha, Tanzania, August, 2017.
  • Castro-Sitiriche, Marcel J., Jonathan Ozik; “Rural Electrification Pathways to Wellbeing”, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference of Appropriate Technology: Knowledge and Technology Transfer Session, Nairobi, Kenya, pages 54-63,  November 2014 - Full text.
  • Papadopoulos, Christopher; Frey, William; Castro-Sitiriche, Marcel; Rodríguez, Joan; Santiago, Jeffrey; Medina, Tyrone; Maldonado, Ricardo; Rivera-Vélez, Cristina; Chacón-Hurtado, Davis; Acevedo, Pablo J. (2014) “Sponsoring Research in Appropriate Technology”, Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Indianapolis, IN, June 2014. PDF and link to conference session.
  • Castro-Sitiriche, Marcel J.Gerson Beauchamp-Báez, Luis Jiménez-Rodríguez; "Solar Microgrids and Energy Poverty: Conceptual Framework for Sustainable Wellbeing and Technology Justice Assessment". Proceedings of the 12th World Wind Energy Conference & Renewable Energy Exhibition (WWEC), La Habana, Cuba, June 2013.
  • Castro-Sitiriche, Marcel J., Mandoye Ndoye; “Subjective Wellbeing and Sustainability: A Data Driven Look at Global Electric Energy Consumption”, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference of Appropriate Technology, Pretoria, South Africa, pages 141-148,  November 2012. PDF
  • Maldonado, R.; Gomez, C.; Castro-Sitiriche, M.J.; "Simulation, design, hardware implementation, and control of a 9-level Flying Capacitor Multilevel Inverter with Particle Swarm Optimization algorithm," 2012 IEEE 13th Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics (COMPEL), 10-13 June 2012. PDF
  • Frey, William; Papadopoulos, Christopher; Castro-Sitiriche, Marcel; Zevallos, Fátima; Echevaría, Denisse; “On Integrating Appropriate Technology Responsive to Community Capabilities: A Case Study from Haiti”, Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, San Antonio, TX, June 2012. PDF
  • Castro-Sitiriche, Marcel; Papadopoulos, Christopher; Frey, William; Huyke, Hector; , "Sustainable Wellbeing Education in Engineering," 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST), 16-18 May 2012. PDF
  • Castro-Sitiriche, M., C. Papadopoulos, and H. Huyke, “WIP: Interdisciplinary Integration of Philosophy of Technology.” In Proceedings of the 40th IEEE/ASEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Washington, DC, October, 2010. PDF
  • Castro-Sitiriche, M., E. O’Neill-Carrillo, C. Papadopoulos, C. Pomales, A. Santiago, J. Seguel, “WIP: Leveraging on Accreditation Activities to Foster Innovation in Engineering Education.” In Proceedings of the 40th IEEE/ASEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Washington, DC, October 2010. PDF
  • Castro-Sitiriche, M.J., C. Papadopoulos and H.J. Huyke, “Creating Interdisciplinary Forums in Philosophy of Technology at UPRM”, Forum on Philosophy, Engineering & Technology (fPET 2010), Golden, CO, May 2010. PDF
  • Ortiz-Rivera, E.I. and Castro-Sitiriche, M.; “Integration of Hands on Laboratory Experience of Power Electronics and Renewable Energy Applications: Work in Progress”; In Proceedings of the 39th IEEE/ASEE Frontiers in Education Conference, San Antonio, TX, October 18-21, 2009. PDF
  • A. Rubaai, M.J. Castro-Sitiriche, A. Ofoli; “DSP-Based Implementation of Fuzzy-PID Controller Using Genetic Optimization for High Performance Motor Drives”;  IEEE Industry Applications Conference, 2007, 42th IAS Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. 23-27 Sept. 2007. PDF
  • A. Rubaai, A. Ofoli, M. Castro; “dSPACE DSP-based Rapid Prototyping of Fuzzy PID Controls for High Performance Brushless Servo Drives”; IEEE Industry Applications Conference, 2006, 41th IAS Annual Meeting. Tampa, FL. 8-12 Oct. 2006. PDF
  • A. Rubaai, M. Castro; “Experimental Implementation of an Adaptive Neural Network Tracking Controller for Motion Control of Step Motors”; IEEE Industry Applications Conference, 2005, 40th IAS Annual Meeting. Conference Record of the 2005, Volume 1, 2-6 Oct. 2005 Pages: 693–699.PDF
  • Tharakan, J, M. Castro, J. Trimble, D. Schwartzman, B Stephenson, T Broome and C Verharen, “Broadening the horizons of student: An elective Seminar Course on the Ethics and Philosophy of Appropriate Technology,” Proc. 8th UICEE Ann. Conf. Engg. Educ, Kingston, Jamaica, February 2005. PDF

  • Amador, Isamar; Angélica Valdés; Marcel Castro-Sitiriche; “Bienestar y Desigualdad: En Borikén y a Nivel Global”,  III Congreso de la Sociedad Mesoamericana de Economía Ecológica (COSMEE), Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, Noviembre 2016.  resumen
  • Castro-Sitiriche, Marcel J., Eugene Park, Emanuela Colombo; “Native Power and Local Empowerment”, ANSOLE News, No. 3, pages 9-11,  December 2014  - PDF

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