Index number 50 /Corporate

José Rivacoba awarded a Laureate by the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering

Txetxu Rivacoba collects the RAI recognition.

Txetxu Rivacoba collects the RAI recognition.

José Rivacoba Urruela, known by most as Txetxu Rivacoba, former Head of the Structures and Mechanisms Section in SENER, has received a Laureate in a unanimous decision by the first plenary assembly of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering.

The award ceremony took place on the headquarters of the Royal Academy of Engineering in Madrid. Several of José Rivacoba’s colleagues from SENER gave speeches, including the Honorary President and founder, Enrique de Sendagorta, the Managing Director, Jorge Unda, the Director of the Department for Urban Transport, Roads and Mechanisms, Rafael Fuldain, the former Head of Structures and Mechanisms, Fernando Artigas, and the Structures and Mechanisms Project Director, Fernando del Campo. In the words of Miguel Ángel Losada, member of the Academy, the RAI highlighted the fact that José Rivacoba “has done his engineering with ingenuity, in a tireless search for efficient solutions.”

Txetxu Rivacoba was a war child who was brought up in the USSR. Soon after completing his degree in Civil and Energy Engineering in Moscow, he returned to Spain. In 1961 he was put in contact with José Manuel de Sendagorta, co-Founder of SENER, and started to work at the company where he remained for 35 years until his retirement.

Throughout this time, Txetxu worked at the Structures and Mechanisms section in Bilbao, which he led from 1975, always contributing towards the growth and diversification of SENER from its early days as a marine technical office to the multidisciplinary engineering and technology group that it is today. He created almost twenty patents and executed some of the company’s most iconic pieces of work, such as the Kiruna launch tower, the Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall, the nozzles for gas turbine propellers and the first heliostats to be installed in Spain.


Txetxu Rivacoba during his speech. Txetxu Rivacoba’s conference in the RAI.

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