Javiera Vergara Zambrano

Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Graduate Student





Hailing from Santiago de Chile, Javiera earned her B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Chile, under the mentorship of Dr. Felipe Diaz-Alvarado and Dr. Willy Wracht. Her research focused on designing and evaluating renewable energy systems in the mining sector. Post-graduation, she worked as an energy consultant, advising financial institutions on renewable energy financing in South America. In Spring 2023, Javiera joined the Avraamidou group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, alongside a certificate in Energy Policy and Analysis. Beyond her scholarly and professional pursuits, she enjoys cooking, outdoor adventures, dancing, and the art of cross-stitching.


Javiera’s research interests are centered on the development of sustainable energy systems and the application of mathematical optimization techniques to create innovative decision-making tools. Her goal is to play a key role in driving the transition towards cleaner and more sustainable energy solutions. Javiera approaches her research with a comprehensive perspective, taking into account the intricate interplay between technology, costs, environmental factors, and policy.


2.  J. Vergara-Zambrano, W. Kracht and F. Díaz-Alvarado. Integration of renewable energy into the copper mining industry: A multi-objective approach. Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 372, 2022. [Link]

1. F. Arenas-Araya, J. Vergara-Zambrano, and F. Díaz-Alvarado. Design water networks through MINLP formulation: An algorithm to find the stability. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2022. [Link]