On 1 April 2022, Alexandra Urgilez Vinueza joined the IGRAC team as Researcher. She adds extensive work experience, particularly in Ecuador, and many technical skills to the team. Especially the latter will be used to strengthen the G3P project team and IGRAC's involvement in the groundwater quality assessment within the framework of the World Water Quality Alliance.
Alexandra's responsibilities will mainly evolve around two projects. Firstly, she will work on (geo)statistics and data analysis to support the implementation of the Global Gravity-based Groundwater Product (G3P) project. Secondly, she will work on the development of guidelines for a global groundwater quality assessment under the support of the Friends of Groundwater (FoG) workstream of the World Water Quality Alliance.
Alexandra did her undergraduate in Civil Engineering at Universidad de Cuenca, Ecuador and subsequently obtained an MSc degree in Hydrogeology and Water Management at Newcastle University, England. Currently, she is in her last year of a PhD with the faculty of Civil Engineering at TU Delft, Netherlands.
After graduating in 2014, Alexandra started her career as researcher with the PROMAS (Programa para el manejo del agua y el suelo) programme at the Universidad de Cuenca. She participated in the irrigation team in the development of the PACALORI project. This project aimed at designing earth dams in the coastal region of Ecuador for rainwater harvesting and further use in irrigation among other uses.
In 2016, Alexandra worked for 8 months at PETROAMAZONAS, as a Project Engineer in the development of civil structures for oil abstraction in Ecuador. In October 2017, she had the opportunity to return to PROMAS as head of the Groundwater Department. She remained in that position until January 2018 before started her PhD at TU Delft. This PhD research focuses on landslide hydrology and, in particular, slow-moving landslides in south-east Ecuador.