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From left to right: Alejandro Álvarez, Ph.D., Gabriel Fernández Ortiz, thesis director Yvette Torres, M.A., and Manuel Rodríguez, Ph.D.

On December 12, 2014, Gabriel Fernández Ortiz, defended his thesis titled El sistema del embudo, en el cual el extremo pequeño le toca a él: la transformación tecnológica de la industria azucarera y el proteccionismo estadounidense durante el surgimiento de los colonos en Caguas, Puerto Rico, 1898-1928, a translation from English into Spanish of The Funnel System in which his is The Little End: The Technological Transformation of the Sugar Industry and American Protectionism in the Emergence of the Colonos in Caguas, Puerto Rico, 1898-1928 de José Solá.

The Thesis Committee, formed by Alejandro Álvarez Nieves, Ph.D., Manuel Rodríguez, Ph.D., and thesis director Yvette Torres, M.A., awarded his thesis the grade bueno.