Enric Fossas Colet

Rector of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Enric Fossas Colet (Aiguafreda, 1959) has been the rector of the UPC since 2 December 2013.


Enric Fossas has a doctoral degree (1986) in Mathematics from the University of Barcelona. In 1986, he joined the UPC, where he has taught at the Vilanova i la Geltrú School of Engineering (EPSEVG), the Castelldefels School of Technology (now the Castelldefels School of Telecommunications and Aerospace Engineering, EETAC) and recently at the School of Mathematics and Statistics (FME) and the Barcelona School of Industrial Engineering (ETSEIB). He has been a professor of Systems Engineering and Automatic Control at the Department of Automatic Control since 2008, and has taught mathematics courses on engineering and mathematics degrees and automatic control courses on industrial engineering degrees at undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree levels.

Since 1994, he has led the Advanced Control of Energy Systems (ACES) research group, which has received a quality award from the Catalan government. He has carried out research on variable structure systems, specifically the control of switched systems with applications in power electronics. He has supervised eleven doctoral theses on three doctoral programmes: Applied Mathematics, Electronic Engineering and Automatic Control, Robotics and Computer Vision. He has published over fifty articles in scientific journals and around one hundred papers in international conferences. He is the co-author of a book on real analysis, technical papers on chaos in converters, variable structure systems and piecewise continuous systems, and a patent. He has been the main organiser or co-organiser of various scientific meetings (Eighth International Workshop on Variable Structure Systems, 2004; Recent Trends in Nonlinear Science, 2011; and GEMiT, 2003, 2007 and 2008) and of two research programmes at the Mathematical Research Centre. He is a member of the IEEE’s CSS Technical Committee on Variable Structure and Sliding Mode Control.

Enric Fossas was the director of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Telematics (1993-1999) and the Institute of Industrial and Control Engineering (2003-2009) at the UPC.

He was a member of the university senates of the University of Barcelona (as a student and also as a non-tenured lecturer) and the UPC on various occasions. At the UPC, he has represented teaching and research staff as a member of the Governing Council.

Since January 2015, he has been the president of the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP).