Prof. James McPhee is a civil engineer with mention in Hydraulic, Sanitary and Environmental Engineering from the Universidad de Chile and a PhD in Water Resources Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, United States. He is Head Professor of the Universidad de Chile and an academic of the Department of Civil Engineering.
He was director of the Department of Civil Engineering, and member of the academic council of the same department, among other administrative positions. He serves as Vice-Dean of the FCFM since 2017.
His areas of interest are mountain, snow and glacier hydrology and the sustainability of water resources management.