Ricardo Zaragoza-Castillo

Ricardo Zaragoza-Castillo

Team leading experience, negotiation practice, interdisciplinary teams collaboration, multi qualification position exercise, academic-research / pro-profit / governmental work culture experience

Career Interests

Employment Sought: Permanent position solar energy utility-scale, solar energy residential and commercial scale, energy efficiency, energy storage, clean energy access, energy modeling, power markets.

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Master of Environmental Management, May 2018            
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Energy and Environment
Certificate: Sustainable Systems Analysis
Relevant Coursework: Energy and Environment; Energy Technology; Energy Economics and Policy; Marketing and Finance; Applied Data Analysis with R; Modeling for Energy Systems; Environmental Life Cycle Assessment; Sustainable Systems (Business strategy, supply chain risk, technical memorandum); Building Energy on Duke Campus; Clean Energy Field Trip (Integration of renewables into California´s grid); Markets for Electric Power; Environmental Data Analytics.  
Master Project: “Increasing the Electricity Generation Capacity from Solar Resources at Duke University”: Estimation of the impact it may bring to the reliability, cost of electricity and carbon emissions of the Duke Energy Progress/ Duke Energy Carolinas power system, and evaluation of opportunities and challenges of developing the roof-top solar PV electricity generation potential in the Duke University System.
Academic Projects: “The Future of Natural Gas”: Three scenarios analysis of the Natural Gas Industry and their effects on North Carolina power mix over a 15 years term period ahead. “Perovskite Solar Cells”: Analysis of the possibilities for perovskite solar photovoltaic technology to substitute current photovoltaic cells. “Marketing and Communications Plan - Zenaviv”. “Atlantic Cod and the warming Gulf of Maine”: Multiple regression model using R for estimating the impact of temperature increase on Cod population. “Environmental Product Declaration Trail 40 pack – Men’s”: Life Cycle Assessment modeling on OpelLCA and excel. “ASHRAE Level 1.5 Energy Audit, Duke Sanford School of Public Policy”: Evaluation and assessment of the energy use, hotspots, and energy savings recommendations.
Bachelor of Arts, October 2008
School of Economics
National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
Major in Economics

Professional Experience

Global Sustainable Practice Immersive Intern, UNECE + Penn State, University at the Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
Elaboration of a white paper for the dissemination, and implementation of the United Nation Economic Commission for Europe’s Framework Principles for Buildings. Strengthening of leading and transformative capabilities as an agent of change through research, hands-on experience with technologies, critical review of policies and standards, and practice of methods for regenerative development of campuses, communities, and cities. July-August 2017
Deputy Director of Economic and Social Analysis, Mexican Secretariat of Social Development, Mexico City
Design and testing of clear, reliable, and concise metrics for energy access, poverty, Global Sustainable Goals. Elaboration of the diagnostics for the Mexican government’s social programs based on the Logical Framework Approach. Jun 2011- Jun 2016
Economic Analyst, SIREM, Economic consultancy, Mexico City, 
Modeling of macroeconomic indicators with R, analysis by economic sectors and regions, microdata analysis using national surveys. Mar 2010-Jun 2011
Economic Analyst, Economic & Commercial Office, Chinese Embassy in Mexico
Economic, and market analysis of Mexican economic sectors and geographical regions for identifying opportunities for Chinese investors. Dec 2008 - Mar 2010
Research Assistant, China-Mexico Studies Centre, Mexico City
Research on the Mexican economic and productive structure, its commercial links with China and the U.S.A., data analysis of trade Between Mexico, China, and the U.S.A., microdata analysis on global value chains. Oct 2006 - Jun 2008

Additional Information

Sustainable System Certificate

Statistical Analysis with Stata, Statistical Analysis with R, Microsoft Office, Spanish-Fluent, English – Fluent, OpenLCA, Visual Basic for Applications
Excel modeling    

Working Group on the Environment in Latin America (WGELA) Co-President/March 2017-current 
Black and Latino Club (BLC) – Treasurer / March 2017-current 


energy efficiency
excel modeling

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Business / Industry
Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank