Mr. José Domínguez Abascal

Medalla nº XXI


He obtained his Mechanical Engineering degree in 1975 and his Ph.D. in 1977 both from the University of Seville.


He was a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton during 1976, and a Postdoctoral Fulbright Scholar and Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1977 to 1978. In 1981 he became Associate Professor at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canarias (Spain), and Full Professor in the Structural Engineering Department of the University of Seville in 1982. He remained as full time Professor at the University of Seville through 2004. During that time, he served as Vice-Rector (1990-1992) and Dean of Engineering (1993-1998).


From May 2004 to May 2008, he served as the General Secretary for Universities, Research and Technology in the regional government of Andalusia, where he was responsible of: public universities, R&D, and innovation in academy and industry, within the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Enterprise of Andalusia.


From May 2008 to September 2015 he was is General Technical Secretary and CTO of Abengoa. He was Chairman of Abengoa between September 2015 and February 2016. After that he went back to the University of Seville as a Professor of Structural Análisis. He was a visiting researcher at the Center for International Development of Harvard University from August 2017 to June 2018 when he went back to Spain to be Secretario de Estado de Energía in the Ministerio para la Transición Ecológica.


José Domínguez Abascal has been academic advisor of many Ph D students and researchers in the field of Computational Methods in Engineering; many of them are now working at different Universities in Spain and abroad. He is author of two books published in USA and UK, one of then translated into Japanese, and more than two hundred papers, most of them published in well known international journals. He has been consultant for structural design of relevant structures as the Palenque for EXPO’92 in Seville, the soccer stadium of Real Betis and the Chapina Bridge, both also in Seville. He was responsible for the structural integrity in the restoration of the large S. XVI 3m high bronze sculpture “El Giraldillo” located at the top of the tower of the Cathedral of Seville.


He is member of the Academia Europaea, in the section of Physics and Engineering, the Real Academia de Ingeniería of Spain and of the Real Academia Sevillana de Ciencias. He is Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). In 2004, he received the National Engineering Research Award “Leonardo Torres Quevedo” and in 2006, the National Cultural Heritage Restoration Award, shared with the restoration team of “EL Giraldillo”. He is a member of the editorial board of several scientific journals published in USA and UK.