I am Associate Dean of the College of Computing and Informatics and Professor in the Department of Software and Information Systems at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. I am originally from Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. In this website, you can find information about my work, some of my personal hobbies, and other random and useless pieces of information.
I graduated from la Academia Nuestra Señora de la Providencia in Cupey, Clase 80! Attended Ball State in Muncie, Indiana (yes, where David Letterman studied) where I completed a B.A. and an M.S. Then I enrolled in The George Washington University, Washington DC where I completed my DSc. I worked 6 years at the Naval Research Lab and did a 1 semester Visiting Professor at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. I taught 4 years at University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez and then moved to Virginia Tech in 2000. Since July 2015, I have been at UNCC.
At Virginia Tech, I was Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Director of the Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives. I was also Associate Department Head and Director for Graduate Studies in Computer Science there. I served in numerous committees and even a Provost Task Force. I was even a founding member of the Hispanic Caucus and a former chair of that group.
Click on the play triangle below to hear a pronunciation of my first name and my surnames. The link on the right goes to Forvo to see regional variations in pronunciation of my name.
My name has "weird characters" according to people that have never left their house. If your software doesn’t allow you to copy/paste my name from anywhere in the site, you can type the characters directly as follows:
|With this OS||to get||type this|
|Macintosh||é||Option-e followed by e|
|Macintosh||ñ||Option-n followed by n|
|Windows||é||ALT key type 0233 on the numeric key pad|
|Windows||ñ||ALT key and type 0241 on the numeric key pad|
On Windows, the character will appear when you let up the ALT key. If you don’t have a numeric keypad, then you might want to google how to type accents with Windows.
I have a writeup about why Latinos use two last names.
Depending on how you ask, I am Puertorrican, Caribeño, Hispanic, Latino or American.