Mr. Luis Alberto Petit Herrera

Medalla nº XIII
Académico constituyente


Following the High School studies with the highest qualifications and entering already with the number 1 at the ICAI Engineering School (P. Comillas University), he got his Degree with “extraordinary mention”. PhD ICAI Engineer by the Ministry of Education. Graduated in Computer Science from the Politechnical University of Madrid. Holder of a Diploma in Planning Methods and Merit Rating at Industry by EOI Business School and in Tourist Business by the Ministry of Information and Tourism and Master in Commerce by High School of Commerce. Postgraduate Education at the “Ecole des Hautes Études Commerciales-HEC” (Paris) and at the Business School from Cornell University (USA).


He is constituent Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Member of the Royal Academy of Doctors of Spain and of the New York Academy of Science.


His preferred fields of innovation were: the application of the Graphs Theory to adapt the physical gravitational model in the Euclidean space to the economical and social spaces, basically within the frame of the trend of people to move around (in particular related to Tourism), the degree to what each country attracts visitors and the stability of these trends (1964); the introduction of the word “ordenador” instead of “computadora” (1955); the measurement of the Redundancy of Spanish Language (1990); The discovery of new knowledges through genetic algorithms (1993).


He was part-time Professor in Operations Research at the Industrial Engineering School (P. Comillas University) (1957-1997), part-time Associated Professor at the National Institute of Public Administration at Alcalá de Henares University (1956-1960). Chairman of the National Association of ICAI’s Engineers.


Professionally he worked at Wagon-Lits/Cook (1954-1973). He was Chief of Railway Operation. Later on was CEO of National Branches of the Company concerning the Catering of airlines, hospital and highways, etc. Finally, he was devoted to the general management of the Company in Spain.


CEO of Spie-Batignoles Spain (1974-1986), devoted at the electric installations field specially in electrification of: railways, enterprises (food, oil refineries, seaport), countryside, etc., and at the mechanical installations field, besides detailed engineering at nuclear energy, oil pipelines, transmarine pipelines, etc.


He was founder and president of CITEMA (Center for Informatics, Telematics and Related Media, 1956-1995).


The primary goal was to become useful for the society in order to improve rational and mechanical tools of the information production processes (useful at management offices). That should be correlative to those employed at industry. That meant to noticed the used work methods through specific diagrams, analyzing then through the Quintiliano Hexameter and design a new method that implied the use of mechanic equipment. The flagship of the activities was the International Data Processing Week Conference, once a year (200 reporters and 7.000 attendees), that was considered as an “Emergency University” and simultaneously the show of the implied equipment (SIMO: 640 exhibitors – 220.000 visitors). That means if the Conference was to promote among experts, professionals and executives the innovation on informatics, SIMO was useful to show the new equipment, not only those above mentioned but other citizens.


He is Knight Commander of the Order of “Alfonso X” and of the Civil Merit. Honorary Member of the Spanish Engineering Institute and of the Computer Sciences Graduates Association. Member of the International Advisory Committee for Programs in “Institutional Management” at the Golden Gate University (S. Francisco). Honour Member of the World Academy of Productivity Science. Fellow Member of the Operations Research Society of America (ORSA) and of the Academic Council at Institut des Hautes Etudes Economiques et Sociales, Belgium. Professor of the International Association of Tourism Scientific Experts. EOI Emeritus Professor. Javier Benjumea Award from the National Association of ICAI’s Engineers and Honour Member of the 4.0 Industry Observatory.