Born in San Martín de Unx (Navarre) in 1962, he graduated in Physics, with Extraordinary Merit, from the University of Zaragoza in 1985 and earned a PhD in Science from the same university in 1989. From 1986 to 1992, he worked as Assistant Professor in the University of Zaragoza’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, teaching Physics and Industrial Engineering students. He joined the Public University of Navarre in October 1992, teaching Telecommunications Engineering students, first as a replacement Professor and then as a Tenured Professor as of 1993. In March 2000, he took the Chair in Signal Theory and Communications.
He spent two semesters (1999-90 and 1991-1992) as a visiting post-doctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Zurich) and held a position as Visiting Professor at New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM), taking a sabbatical (2004-2005) at Arizona State University's Connection One Center (Tempe, AZ).
He has led and taken part in numerous competitive projects funded by the Government of Navarre, National Research Plans and European Programmes. As a result, he has published more than a hundred research articles in indexed international journals and taken part in a similar number of congresses on Microelectronics, Instrumentation and Signal Processing. He has supervised 12 doctoral theses. In addition to his academic work, he has also been involved in transfer work with companies, participating in and managing R&D and Collaboration contracts with a number of enterprises. This work has led to him registering 5 patents, 3 of which are currently being exploited.
His experience in the field of academic management has included acting as Head of the UPNA’s Research Results Transfer Office (1995-1999) and Chairman of the Doctorate Committee (2000-2001), and he was Vice-rector of Research (2007- 2015) until he was appointed Rector. He sat on a statutory committee in 2003 and chaired another one in 2010. He has also been on different teaching and research evaluation committees in ANECA and UNIBASQ, and has performed evaluation work for a long list of national and foreign organisations.