Juan F. Arratia
JUAN F. ARRATIA, Ph.D., was born in Pomaire, Chile. He graduated from Universidad Técnica del Estado with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1973. He was awarded an MSc in Engineering from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana, in 1979 and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri in 1985. He has taught and conducted research at universities in Chile (Universidad Técnica del Estado and Universidad Austral de Chile), Puerto Rico (Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico and University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez), and the US mainland including Washington University in St. Louis, and Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana. He has lectured and given conferences on advanced automation, robotics, vision systems, artificial intelligence, total quality management and science and engineering education in Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, Mexico, Brazil, Nicaragua, Perú, Canada, Jordan, Costa Rica, Russia, South Africa, Romania, Taiwan, Spain, the Netherlands, Turkey, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Australia, China, Puerto Rico and in the US Mainland. He worked as the Advanced Manufacturing Manager for Medtronic, Inc., a leading pacemaker company, and is a consultant in advanced automation for pharmaceutical and medical devices companies in Puerto Rico. For fourteen years he was the Director and Principal Investigator of the Model Institutions for Excellence (MIE) Project, a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored program based at Universidad Metropolitana in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Since 2007, he is the Executive Director of the Ana G. Méndez University System (AGMUS) Student Research Development Center, designed to disseminate MIE best practices to Universidad del Turabo and Universidad del Este. Since 2008 he is the Director and Principal Investigator of the AGMUS Institute of Mathematics, a grant for 2.1 million from NSF, since 2009 the Director and Principal Investigator of the Caribbean Computing Center for Excellence (CCCE) Alliance, a grant for 2.3 million from NSF, and since 1010 the Director and Principal Investigator of the MRI-Advanced Modular Incoherent Scatter Radar (AMISR), a grant for 2.3 million from NSF to install a radar in the geomagnetic conjugate point of Arecibo Observatory in La Plata, Argentina. In November 2007 he was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring at a ceremony in the White House in Washington DC. Dr. Arratia had secured funding from the NSF at the level of over 35 million for institutional and minority student development for Universidad Metropolitana in San Juan, Puerto Rico.