He obtained his Telecommunication Engineering Degree from the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) in 1974 and his Ph.D. in Telecommunications from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) in 1980. Since 1983 he has been a full professor at the Computer Architecture Department at Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (UPC). He has been Chair of the Computer Architecture Department and 2001-2005) and the Dean of the Computer Engineering School. Since his creation in 2005, he is the director of Barcelona Supercomputing Center, the Spanish national supercomputing centre (http://www.bsc.es/cv-mateo).
Since May 2016, he is Member of the Governing Board of the AEI, Spanish Research Agency. His research interests focuses on high performance architectures with special emphasis on Supercomputers and High Performance Computers. He has published approximately 700 papers, has served in the organization of more than 300 International Conferences and has given more than 500 invited talks.
Among his awards, the Eckert-Mauchly Award2007, the most important award in the world to recognize research in the field of computer architecture by the IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery; Seymour Cray Award 2015, the most worlwide significant award to recognize research in the field of High Performance Computing by the IEEE; Charles Babbage Award 2017, by IEEE; Harry H. Goode Award 2009 by IEEE; ACM Distinguished Service Award 2013; “Euro-Par Achievement Award” 2015; in 1994 he was awarded the Narcis Monturiol Award presented by the Generalitat (Government) de Catalunya; in 1996 the Salva i Campillo award presented by the Catalan Telecommunication Engineers Association: in 1997 Spain’s most prestigious award in recognition of outstanding basic research, the King Jaime I award presented by the Generalitat Valenciana;the Spanish National Julio Rey Pastor award, in recognition of research in Mathematics and/or IT technologies presented by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology in October, 2001; in 2006 he was awarded with the Spanish National Award “Leonardo Torres Quevedo” that recognizes the research in engineering; “Creu de Sant Jordi 2016”, awarded by Generalitat de Catalunya; in 2006 he he was awarded by the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation; Aragon prize awarded by the Government of Aragon, “Hall of Fame” within the framework of the ICT European Program, selected as one of the 25 most influential European researchers in IT, Information Technology period 1983-2008. Lyon, November 2008).
In December 1994, Professor Valero became a founding member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Engineering. In 2005 he was elected Correspondant Academic of the Spanish Royal Academy of Science, in 2006 member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Doctors, in 2008 member of the Academia Europaea and in 2012 Correspondant Academic of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the ACM and an Intel Distinguished Research Fellow.
He has been named Honorary Doctor by the Universities of Chalmers, Belgrado, Las Palmas, Veracruz, Zaragoza, Complutense de Madrid, Universidad de Cantabria in Santander, Universidad de Granada y CINVESTAV México. In 1998 he won a “Favourite Son” Award of his home town, Alfamén (Zaragoza) and in 2006, his native town of Alfamén named their Public College after him.