He was given a Doctorate Honoris Causa by the Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas in 2018 and was distinguished with the National Renewable Energy Prize in 2005. He was President of the Mexican National Academy of Engineering in 1997 and the Mexican National Association for Solar Energy in 1982. He was co-responsible for the creation of the Solar Energy Department in 1979 and was the first director of the Centre for Energy Research from 2006 to 2010, of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. He has written 2 books, 6 co-editions and more than 130 papers. He is on sabbatical leave from the Institute for Renewable Energies, UNAM. He is General Coordinator of CeMIE Sol.