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.

Dr. Jaume Anguera Pros

Dr. Jaume Anguera, IEEE Fellow, is founder and CTO of the technology company Ignion (Barcelona, Spain). Associate Professor at Ramon LLull University and a member of the GRITS research group. 

He is an inventor of more than 150 granted patents, most of them licensed to telecommunication companies. Among his most outstanding contributions is that of inventor of Antenna Booster Technology, a technology that fostered the creation of Ignion. Many of these products have been adopted by the wireless industry worldwide, to allow wireless connectivity to IoT devices through a miniature component called an antenna booster that is ten times smaller than conventional antennas. 

He has participated in more than 22 competitive research projects financed by the Spanish Ministry, by CDTI, CIDEM (Generalitat de Catalunya) and the European Commission for an amount exceeding € 6M being principal researcher in most of them. He has taught more than 40 antenna courses around the world and virtually (USA, China, Korea, India, UK, France, Poland, Czech Republic, Tunisia, Spain). With over 21 years of R&D experience, he has developed part of his professional experience with Fractus in South Korea in the design of miniature antennas for large Korean companies such as Samsung and LG. Since 2017 he is with Ignion with the role of CTO where he leads the R&D activity of the company creating new products, envisaging new technologies, fostering synergies with partners, and providing technology strategy to scale the business of the company. He has received several national and international awards (ex. 2004 Best Ph. D Thesis -two prizes, one given by Telefónica Mobile, 2004 IEEE New Faces of Engineering, 2014 Finalist European Patent Award). He has directed the master/doctorate thesis to more than 130 students, many of them have received awards for their thesis (COIT, COITT, Ministry of Education). His biography appears in Who’sWho in the World and Who’sWho in Science and Engineering. He is associate editor of the IEEE Open Journal on Antennas and Propagation, Electronics Letters, International Journal of Electronics and Communications, and reviewer in several IEEE and other scientific journals. He is an IEEE Antennas and Propagation Distinguished Lecturer and vice-chair of the working group “Software and Modeling” at EurAAP.

Juan Fernando Coronel

He is an electronic engineer from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (2009), master in electrical engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (2012) and PhD in photonics and optoelectronic systems from the Institut Supérieur de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace ISAE-SUPAERO in Toulouse, France (2016).

He has served as professor at the National University of Colombia (2012-2013), director of the electronics and telecommunications engineering programme at the Catholic University of Colombia (2016-2018) and, research professor at El Bosque University in Bogota, Colombia (2018-2019). Since February 2020, he holds the position of lead researcher in microwave photonics at the Directed Energy Research Centre of the Institute for Technology Innovation in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

His areas of scientific interest include: optoelectronic oscillators for telecommunications applications, free-space optical communications, and fibre optic sensors for medical and industrial applications.

Pía Torres

Electronic Engineer from the Faculty of Exact Sciences and Technology of the National University of Tucumán, Argentina and holds a Diploma in Project Management (PMI) from the University of Buenos Aires. 

Currently Professor of Project Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Faculty of Engineering and Exact and Natural Sciences of the Favaloro University, Independent Project Consultant in Social Engineering, Process Sustainability, Optimisation and Sustainability and Founder and Director of the “Roboteam” Programme, an initiative to promote STEM education, diversity and inclusion.

She has also been Participant in the “WISE” Program (Women in STEM Entrepreneurship), IAE-Austral Business School & IDB; participant of the “Energy Leaders Training Program” – Argentine Chapter of the World Energy Council (CACME-WEC). She is a promoter of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

As part of her volunteer work she is President of the Women’s Leadership Community of PMI-Project Management Institute Buenos Aires Chapter, President of IEEE Industry Applications Society Standing Committee for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, President of IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee Project Support & Oversight Ad-Hoc Committee and Past President of IEEE Women in Engineering Argentina. She is also winner of several awards such as IEEE Women in Engineering Inspiring Member Award, IEEE Young Professionals Hall of Fame Award and JCI Outstanding Young Argentinean Award. 

Luis Felipe Gil

Economist from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, he has a Master’s Degree in Politics. Development Internationals from Duke University in North Carolina -USA — and a Master of Business at the CENTRUM de la Católica Business School. In his more than 15 years of work experience, Luis Felipe has worked mainly promoting development projects in both public and private entities. Has been Deputy Manager of Social Responsibility at Banco de Crédito del Perú, leading the construction of infrastructure projects under the modality of works for taxes, has also worked in the executive as director in the Ministry of Transport and Communications, in the Ministry of Energy and Mines, in the Ministry of Education among others and has been deputy director in reconstruction with changes after the ravages of the the coastal child phenomenon in 2017. He is currently the manager of the Suppliers and Technologies Sector of the National Society of Mining, Oil and Energy and consultant to the World Bank on public management issues in transport infrastructure.

Victor Manuel Díez Valencia

Electrical Engineer from the National University of Colombia, with a Master of Science from the University of Manitoba in Canada. He has worked at ISA for 24 years. He has been Director of Operation Management, later Director of ISA’s Northwest Regional Office in Colombia. He led the implementation of Business Continuity in the energy transmission business and is representative of ISA for the ITOMS (International Transmission Operation and Maintenance Study) reference.

He is currently the Corporate Asset Management Leader at ISA and its Subsidiaries, and is also part of the Corporate Operations Department at ISA. and leads the Advanced Operation initiative within the framework of the ISA 2030 strategy, and is part of the implementation of Life Cycle Cost Management for the ISA group through SAP’s CPM and PaPM modules. and supports the management of the subsidiary CTEEP in Brazil in Operation and Maintenance.

On the other hand, he participated as an ISA representative in the Cigré WG 1.34 Work Team – ISO Series 55000 Standards: General Process Assessment Steps and Information Requirements for Utilities

Cristian Augusto Remolina Alvarez

Electrical Engineer with a Master’s Degree in Electric Power from the Industrial University of Santander, MBA from the Externado de Colombia University, Diploma in Electrical Regulation from the Colombian School of Engineering and Senior Management courses from Tecnológico de Monterrey, Vision Management from IE BUSINESS SCHOOL, and Leading Global Businesses at Harvard Business School, among others.

He has more than 20 years of experience in the electricity sector in matters of Construction, Operation, Maintenance and Management of Electric Power Transmission Assets. He has held different positions in the ISA group as Regional Director (CTE), Maintenance Director, Operations Manager and Project Manager at the ISA INTERCOLOMBIA subsidiary and currently works as Operation and Maintenance Manager at ISA REP in Peru. In addition, he has been president of the CNO – National Council of Operation and member of the board of directors of COCIER, in Colombia.

He has been recognized for different presentations, among which the 1999 Colombian Electricity Sector Business Improvement Award, the Second Best Work at the International Seminar on Electrical Systems Maintenance – CIER 2009 and the National Award for Maintenance Engineering in Colombia in 2017 stand out.