Edgar Virgüez is an energy systems engineer promoting the transition toward decarbonized electric power systems. He is a husband, father, and Old English Sheepdog owner. At Duke, he had a distinguished tenure receiving several of the most prestigious awards for graduate students, including the Graduate School Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Forever Duke Student Leadership Award. He actively engaged in Duke’s institutional service, participating in the Board of Trustees’ Activating the Global Network Taskforce (2018-2019) and Resources Committee (2019-2021). He also was a member of the Racial Equity Advisory Council (2021-2022). In addition, he served on the search committee for three senior positions, including Duke’s executive vice president. As a young scholar exhibiting exemplary promise as a rising higher-education leader, he gained national recognition by being named a K. Patricia Cross awardee in 2020 by the American Association of Colleges and Universities. After completing his graduate studies at Duke (M.A. and Ph.D.), Edgar joined Carnegie’s Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University, where he is performing idealized modeling studies to address climate and energy challenges.
Edgar joins the board in hopes of continuing his quest to influence higher education standards toward a new educational model. One where responsible research is developed simultaneously with accessible and inclusive education. He believes Duke can be an example of an organization that assumes responsibility for community wellbeing while promoting social mobility. After experiencing a life-changing experience at Duke pursuing graduate studies with his wife Temis (MEM’19), a Forever Duke awardee in 2019, and having their first daughter born at Duke’s hospital, he aspires to leave Duke a better place for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, or any other distinction/affiliation.
Edgar was nominated by the Graduate/Professional Young Trustee Nominating Committee in 2022. He serves as a trustee observer for 2022-2023 and is an observer on the Graduate and Professional Education and Research Committee. He is serving a three-year term on the board, one year as an observer and two years as a voting member.