Abel was awarded a master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Systems in the University of Edinburgh, UK in 2014, with his thesis titled "On the progress on the design of a self-damping Flettner rotor". He previously worked several years as a wireline field engineer in Schlumberger and got his BSc in Mechatronics engineering in Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico with a semester abroad in Hochschule Furtwangen University, Germany. In 2014 he was awarded a scholarship by Conacyt (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología) to start a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Ignazio Maria Viola.
His PhD project aims to detect experimentally the leading edge vortex (LEV) in a spinnaker and ways to alter the behaviour of the LEV. The fields of application of this research include yacht racing and novel wing/blade designs.