Julio Romero Aguero

Executive with 24 years of US and international experience, expert in the electric power industry, utilities, consulting, research, renewable energy, distributed energy resources, emerging technologies, planning, reliability, utility/grid of the future, grid modernization, and smart grid.

Expertise in electric utility planning, reliability, operations, engineering, technology strategy and innovation. Experienced in regulation, policy, retail and marketing of electric utilities, including customer service, billing and ratemaking.

He is also a former senior government official with experience presenting, building relationships and identifying solutions to complex problems for C-level executives and middle management.

Richard Pitwon

Dr Richard Pitwon is the founder and CEO of Resolute Photonics and has more than 20 years transformational expertise in optical and photonic system interconnect, integration and architectures for data centre, IoT and data-communications applications. He previously led the photonics research and development groups at Xyratex and Seagate for over 12 years. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Fellow of the IET (FIET), Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP) and Senior Member of the IEEE (SIEEE). He has generated over 54 patents, authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications including 4 international standards.

He is the current chair of the IEC international standards subcommittee on fibre optic interconnecting devices and passive components (SC86B), as well as secretary of the IEC optical circuit boards standards group and principal UK expert on international standards group (IEC / BSI) for Photonic Integrated Circuits (SC86C/WG4) and embedded devices (TC91/WG6). He is also an active member of different quantum standards groups including ITU FQGIT4N, ISO/IEC JTC1 WG14 Quantum Computation and CENELEC FGQT and the organiser of a series of joint ITU/IEC/IEEE symposia on different aspects of quantum technologies.
He is the chair of the IEEE UK and Ireland Photonics chapter, where he founded the IEEE British and Irish Conference on Optics and Photonics, which has run successfully for 2 years.
His research interests include: Optical and photonic interconnect technologies including photonic integrated circuits (PIC), quantum PICs, optical transceivers, electro-optic circuit boards, glass and polymer waveguides, optical assembly and board and chip-level optical connectors and sensors.

Andrea Villanes

Andrea Villanes earned her PhD in Computer Science from NC State un 2019. She is also a 2009 graduate of the MSA program and a teaching assistant professor at the Institute for Advanced Analytics.

Inspired by her aunt, who earned a Ph.D. from NC State when Villanes was young, Villanes went on to complete a second master’s degree as well as a Ph.D. in computer science, deepening her knowledge of text mining, sentiment analysis, and visualization techniques. During that time she interned with Walmart, where her text mining work garnered her the Walmart Leadership Excellence Awards Scholarship. She also served a one-year term as president of NC State’s Women in Computer Science (WiCS) student organization.

While working toward her advanced degrees in computer science, Villanes served as a teaching assistant and, later, an instructor at the Institute before being named a member of the faculty in 2019. Her longtime involvement with the MSA has afforded her opportunities to contribute to the program’s continued growth and evolution over time. Her favorite part about teaching MSA students is the different backgrounds of each student, and to see each of them grow as a data scientist during the year.

In addition to teaching, Villanes is actively involved in the broader data science community. She is the co-founder of Women in Technology Perú, which brings together women who are interested in different areas of technology, as well as the co-founder of Zunti, a new entrepreneurial venture that promotes the use of data science in companies in Latin America.

Andre Sampaio Gradvohl

Andre Leon S. Gradvohl holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Ceará — Brazil (1997), a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Technological Institute of Aeronautics — Brazil (2000), and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Campinas (2005) — Brazil. He also holds a Specialist degree in Science Journalism from the Advanced Studies in Journalism Laboratory at the University of Campinas (2010). In 2014, he did a Postdoctoral stage at the Laboratoire d’Informatique de l’Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France. Since 1999, he has taught at undergraduate and graduate levels in Brazilian universities.

Dr. Gradvohl was user support analyst at the National Center for High-Performance Computing (2003–2010) and former head of Computer Science and Computer Engineering undergraduate courses at the University São Francisco (2002–2010) and head of Information Systems and Technology in Systems Analysis and Development undergraduate courses at the School of Technology at the University of Campinas (2013). He was also an ad-hoc consultant in the Brazil Ministry of Education and the São Paulo State Council of Education.

Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the School of Technology at the University of Campinas. He has research experience in Computer Science, with an emphasis on High-Performance Computing, Distributed Computing, Information Security, and Solar Flares Forecasting. He is a senior member at IEEE and belongs to the High-Performance Intelligent Decision Systems research group.

Cesar Vargas-Rosales

CESAR VARGAS-ROSALES (Senior Member, IEEE) received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in communications and signal processing and electrical engineering from Louisiana State University. He is coauthor of the books “Position Location Techniques and Applications” (Academic Press/Elsevier) and “Radio Wave Propagation in Vehicular Environments” (IET). His research interests include personal communications, 5G/6G, cognitive radio, MIMO systems, stochastic modeling, interference, intrusion/anomaly detection, position location, satellite communications, and error correcting codes. Cesar Vargas is a member of the Mexican National Researchers System (SNI), the Mexican Academy of Science (AMC), and the Academy of Engineering of Mexico (AIM). He is a Senior member of the IEEE Communications Society and was the Monterrey Chapter Chair. He has also been the Faculty Advisor of the IEEE-HKN Lambda-Rho Chapter with Tecnologico de Monterrey. He was also the Technical Program Chair of the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (IEEE WCNC). He serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE ACCESS and the International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks, and a guest editor of the journal Applied Sciences.