Carlos Ramírez Ulloa

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Carlos Ramírez
Carlos Ramirez in his Office
Born (1903-11-06)November 6, 1903
Guadalajara, Mexico
Residence Mexico City
Nationality Mexican
Alma mater Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
Known for Founder and creator of the Comision Federal de Electricidad
Scientific career
Fields Engineering
Institutions Comision Federal de Electricidad of Mexico

Carlos Ramírez Ulloa (November 6, 1903 – December 22, 1980) was a Mexican civil engineer.

He was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco. At the age of 21 he completed his degree as a civil engineer at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

He became part of the team that initiated the Comisión Nacional de Irrigación (1926–1928 and 1929–1934) and of the Dirección de Obras Hidraulicas de la Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Obras Públicas (1934–1936) which was in charge of the tasks related to the protection against flooding in Mexico City.

In December 18, 1937 he married Esther Otero Gonzalez, and they had six sons together (Jorge, Carlos, Sergio, Javier, Mario and Oscar Ramirez Otero).

In 1937 the president Lazaro Cardenas asked him to create and organize the Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE); in 1952 to 1959 he became the first director of the Comisión Federal de Electricidad. In this 16 years of work he started and/or completed the construction of 37 hydroelectric dams, 13 thermoelectric plants and 1 geothermic power plants, this projects consolidated the power energy provisioning for all of the country of Mexico which caused growth by improving the irrigation, industrial and residential systems.

He led the nationalization of the electrical companies of Chapala, Morelia, Uruapan, Tlaxcala, Moncolva, Occidental and others and he became part of their board of directors.

In 1946 he became founder member of the Colegio de Ingenieros Civiles de Mexico.

Carlos ramírez was the first general manager of Industria Electrica de Mexico (IEM), manufacturing company of products for the power generation and electrical markets. From 1948 to 1952 he became the technical director of the Constructora el Aguila, S.A. participating in several constructions, which included the Temascal dam that has a capacity of 8,000,000,000 m3 located at the Tonto river in Oaxaca.

From 1959 to 1980 he participated in several companies including proyectos INTUAL focusing on projects for drinking water, irrigation, hydrolectric power, geohydrology, pollution control and economic planning.

In 1965 Carlos became the president founder of the Asociación Mexicana de Hidráulica.

In 1977 he received the first Lazaro Cardenas Medal from the president Lopez Portillo, and in 1978 he received the Premio Nacional de Ingeniería.

On February 11, 1981, during the tribute that the Colegio de Ingenieros Civiles de Mexico, a request was placed to move his mortal remains to Hombres Ilustres in the Panteon de Dolores.

On July 12 the president approved the agreement, and his remains were moved on August 14, 2011.

Two institutions bear his name in recognition to his life achievements:

  • The dam known as El Caracol "Ing. Carlos Ramírez Ulloa"
  • Escuela Secundaria Tecnica No. 39 "Ing. Carlos Ramírez Ulloa" since 1983





  1. ^ Jose Rogelio Alvarez (1988). Enciclopedia de México, article Ramirez Ulloa Carlos, Mexico TOMO XII.
  2. ^ Eduardo Langange O. (1998). Pensamiento y Obra de los Ingenieros Civiles Mexicanos, TOMO II, Page 10 to 20., Mexico.
  3. ^ Rotonda de los Hombres Ilustres, Rotonda de los Hombres Ilustres