Jesús Verdugo Appointed Undersecretary of Infrastructure
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Jesús Verdugo Appointed Undersecretary of Infrastructure

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Fernando Mares By Fernando Mares | Journalist and Industry Analyst - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 21:43

The Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT) announced that Jesús Verdugo will be the new Undersecretary of Infrastructure. The Mexican Association of Roadway Engineering, of which Verdugo is a member, welcomed this announcement as they consider Verdugo an experienced expert regarding highway engineering issues.

Last week, SICT announced Verdugo would occupy the position. Prior to being nominated, Verdugo was Head of the General Directorate for Construction and Modernization of Federal Highways at the Office for Highways. He furthermore has a broad experience of 30 years in highway-related areas.

Verdugo has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC) and completed postgraduate studies in land routes from the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEMEX). He took a specialization course in land routes at the College of Civil Engineers of the State of Mexico and one on Project, Construction and Preservation of Highways at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Verdugo also holds a master’s degree in Land Transportation Infrastructure from the Michoacan University of San Nicolas de Hidalgo. 

Verdugo has been actively involved in different engineering-related associations. He is a member of the Mexican Association of Engineering of Land Routes, which he headed between 2015 and 2017, and a member of the College of Civil Engineers of Mexico (CICM), the Mexican Association of Tunnels and Underground Work Engineering and the Mexican Association of Engineers.

The highways sector perceived Verdugo’s nomination as positive as its members see him as an experienced and respected officer. “We are convinced that his experience and career will boost the civil engineering contributions to Mexico’s infrastructure,” CICM said. 

Verdugo worked at SICT as a resident engineer, general resident on federal highways and deputy director of works in different SICT offices. He was also Deputy Director General for Physical Supervision of Highways at the Directorate General of Highway Development and Head of the Deputy Directorate of Highway Construction and Modernization at the Directorate General for Highways.

SICT has gone through various leadership changes in recent months. On Sept. 7, 2022, the former Minister of Infrastructure, Jorge Arganis, announced he would resign his position because of health problems. Jorge Nuño substituted Arganis after President López Obrador said that the latter would continue working at the government as an advisor, as reported by MBN. 

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