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JUAN ANTONIO SÁNCHEZ ELECTED ENGINEER OF THE YEAR 2019

Collegiate Award for 2019: Mr. Juan Antonio Sánchez Rodríguez

Head of the Information Systems and Communications Department of the Port Authority of Cartagena.

Engineer in Computer Science from the University of Malaga, he took a Technical Engineering degree at the University of Murcia. His training includes a Master's Degree in Port Management and Intermodal Transport from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas and is a Specialist in Cybersecurity (CISO) from the Instituto Universitario General Gutiérrez Mellado.

Among other companies, he has worked in the Fujitsu R&D Centre in Malaga and in PriceWaterhouseCoopers as part of the team that carried out one of the first computerisation projects of the Treasury Department of the Autonomous Community of Murcia. He was also part of the beginnings of the CESSER Informática company, specialising in DB and C programming.

He joined the Port Authority of Cartagena (APC) in 1993, during which time he has managed projects such as the Single Window for Ship and Merchandise Transactions, the New Control Centre of the Port Authority of Cartagena and the Paperless Levante System (Awarded at the 2017 ICT Day) to improve the exit times of goods from docks.

The APC Collaborative Social Network project led by him was a finalist in the ASLAN Congress awards. The project of the new corporate website of the Port Authority, also directed by him, received the Prize for the best Leisure and Services Website in the 11th edition of the Truth Website Prizes held last March 2019.

He is responsible for the computer systems related to port operations and coordination with the Port Community (Customs, Civil Guard, National Police, Maritime Rescue, Maritime Captaincy, Consignees, Stevedores, etc.). He is currently working on the Digital Transformation projects of the Port Authority of Cartagena.

With an extensive experience of 25 years in his profession, he is collegiate number 3, founding member of the CIIRM and vice-dean from 1998 to 2000.