Rodrigo Alvarez

Tinkering as a way of life


Rodrigo Álvarez

Industrial Engineer & Project Manager

About me

MSc. Industrial engineer and MSc. Project Manager living and working in Madrid, Spain. I’m currently product engineer at Flowserve, as well as part time professor at ICAI, lover of product design and enthusiast of hacking things together.

I believe in innovation as a growth vector of both companies and people. My past work includes Indra Sistemas, HP Inc. , Altran and LyC, in all of which I’ve had a direct involvement in their product design.


Date of birth

19 August, 1992


Madrid, Spain


Always listening to new proposals


R&D Product Engineer

January 2022 - Ongoing


Design 50%
Product Management 100%
Problem solving 90%

Currently, I work as product engineer, although based in Madrid, I manage the “Form, fit and function” of the multi-stage line of pumps within Flowserve’s portfolio which are manufactured in several sites accross the globe.

My responsibilities entail from sustaining the current line of pumps where possible, to the development of new models to improve the current line up with a “Design to Value” mentality. I.e decreasing cost and complexity while improving performance and specifications

Project Manager

October 2018 - December 2021


Progress Reporting 75%
Teamwork 100%
Cost Tracking 90%

In my last position at Indra, I managed airborne R&D defense projects. I acted as coordinator for a consortium of four european companies to develop a system in the realm of electronic warfare. 

 My tasks ranged from budgeting to keeping track of development costs and schedules, while managing communication regarding project status with European Union officials and national stakeholders in representation of the whole consortium.

Before, I managed development and manufacturing projects in the transport side of Indra. I managed tight deadlines by aligning team members to follow a result-oriented mentality and the application of concurrent engineering

I was constantly reporting progress, and cost tracking in agile ways to provide insightful data as needed by upper management

Mechanical R&D Engineer

October 2016 - September 2018


Product development 80%
Research & Patents 100%
Mechanical Design 85%
Problem Solving 95%
Data interpreting 75%

Subsystem integrator and mechanical designer for fluid delivery systems.

Responsible for product stabilization & first customer support of the Agent delivery system in HP 3200/4200 3D Jet Fusion printer, as well as new platform brainstorming, modelling and test bed implementation of future 3D platform.

Development of system design for highly complex and cost-effective fluid transport and recirculation system for White latex inks in HP Latex 64 inch printer. Integrating a firmware and electronics team into the mechanical design we ensured we all worked towards the same goal and made a robust platform. 

Mechanical Engineering dept. professor

September 2019 – Ongoing

Mechanical Engineering dept. assistant student

September 2014 – June 2016


Research & Development 75%
Robotics & Manufacturing Teaching 65%
System design 100%
Self - motivation 90%

Robotics and Flexible Cell Manufacturing Lab teacher as well as final masters thesis advisor.

I undertook investigation in Reverse engineering techniques to research for automatic error correction and calibration in 3D FDM printers.

Complete design and manufacturing of parts from conceptualization to machining, forming, or rapid prototyping to develop a high precision FDM 3D printer to assist with a Phd.

Intern - R&D Engineer

June 2015 - September 2015


Mechanical Design 100%
Solution coordinator 60%
System Integrator 75%
Critical thinking

In the Aerospace R&D deptartment I lead the Mechanical design and system integration for the development of rear auxiliary hybrid propulsion device to fit on narrow body Airbus aircraft to reduce fuel consumption, turning research papers into a feasible solution.

I developed a software tool to generate “shock response spectra” graphs to be used as a tool for the Noise & Vibrations department, providing an alternative to commercial solutions under our control.

Intern - R&D Product Development Engineer

May 2013 – September 2013

June 2014 – September 2014


Component Sourcing 85%
Mechanical Design 100%

By applying reverse engineering techniques such as laser scanning, I provided the client with an economic alternative replacement parts for existing land platform simulation, later we were awarded the manufacturing of a new set of simulators due to our acquired knowledge

Assistance in product specification and design in call for tenders for the Spanish “Ministry of Defence” . By understanding the needs of the customers and the application of open source solutions we reduced development costs while keeping a high customer satisfaction.


Universidad Ramon LLul (La Salle) - Barcelona, Spain

2016 - 2018

MSc. Project Management

Final Master Thesis:

“Strategic purchase proposal in the civil aeronautics industry.”

Universidad Pontificia Comillas ( ICAI) - Madrid, Spain

2014 - 2016

MSc. Industrial Engineering

2010 - 2014

BSc. Electro-Mechanical Engineering

Final Master Thesis:

“Development of a fixed wing drone with vertical take off and landing capabilities”. (Award to best thesis). Link to document

Final Degree Thesis:

“Development of highly efficient unmanned aerial vehicle for small load transportation”. (Distinction with Honour). Link to document


Spanish - Native

Writing 100%
Reading 100%
Speaking 100%
Writing 95%
Reading 99%
Speaking 99%

French - B2 CEFR

Writing 40%
Reading 60%
Speaking 60%

Engineering & I.T Skills


  • Catia V5 – Designed aerospace industry parts for an R&D project at Altran, mainly using the generative surface module. Also used while at LyC for mechanical design of machined and sheet metal parts using the respective modules
  • SolidWorks – Developed final thesis; used to reverse engineer complex aerodynamic surfaces and big assemblies.
  • SolidEdge – Formal learning at university and development of small projects, also used as a side tool at Indra
  • PTC Creo – Extensively used while working at HP together with Model Manager (PLM) for mechanical design and drawing generation.
  • Ansys – Used with all of the above for both structural and fluid simulations.
  • Geomagic Studio & Design X – Scanned ergonomic and aerodynamic surfaces of existing objects with a FARO laser arm to bring physical objects to the digital space. Experience in both academic and professional workspaces.

Programming Languages

  • C++
  • Python
  • Matlab
  • Visual Basic


  • Advanced Excel
  • Advanced Word
  • Macro Coding

Other Skills

Volunteered for NGO “ICAI Engineers for development”

Taken part in scientific dissemination activities to encourage STEM studies.

Driving; I currently own a car and I am looking forward to restore a classic motorcycle

Hardware Hacker and tinkerer (see my Blog)

I am enthusiast of outdoor sports:  Snowboarding, Trekking, Kiteboarding

I love travelling for work or for leisure


Rodrigo Álvarez Hernández

Industrial Engineer & Project Manager