Alvaro Gonzalez Garcia, PhD

Spain | Fulbright S&T awardee 2008 | California Institute of Technology | Electrical Engineering


Alvaro graduated with a MSc Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology in 2009, and a PhD Physics from University of Tokyo in 2014. His research is focused on the design, analysis and characterization of receivers and antennas for radio astronomy. Since 2010, he has been working at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, where he has contributed to the development and production of several receivers for the Atacama Large Millimeter- submillimeter Array (ALMA). Currently, he is an Assistant Professor and ALMA System Engineer at NAOJ. In addition, from May 2016, he is an Assistant Professor of the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai).

Before studying in the US, Alvaro graduated as Telecommunication Engineer from Univ. Politecnica Valencia (Spain) in 2005, and as MSc Space Studies from International Space University (France), and worked in the development of space technology in Alcatel Alenia Space (France) and in the European Space Agency (the Netherlands). Thanks to the Fulbright Science and Technology program, Alvaro joined a MSc/PhD program at Caltech in 2008, where his interest shifted towards instrumentation for radio astronomy, which is the career path he has been pursuing ever since.


Current Affiliation

Assistant Professor
Chile Observatory
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)


Assistant Professor
Department of Astronomical Science, Radio Astronomy Area
Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Japan



PhD (2014, Physics) University of Tokyo, Japan
MS (2009, Electrical Engineering) California Institute of Technology, USA
MS (2006, Space Studies) International Space University, France
MS (2005, Telecommunications Engineering) Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain