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Dr. Andrés Díaz

Andrés Díaz, Ph.D.


Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering - The Pennsylvania State University.
Theory and Applications of Molecular and Collective Nonlinear Optical Behavior of Organic Liquids 2004

M.S. in Electrical Engineering. Minor in High Performance Computing - Penn State University.
Nonlinear Photonic Processes in Passive Optical Limiting of Picosecond-Nanosecond Laser Pulses in Organic Liquid-Cored Fiber Arrays. 2002

M.S. in Physics - Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia.
Anomalous Magnetic Moment of the Electron and Fried-Yennie Gauge. 1999

B.S. in Electronic Engineering - Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia.
Video Supervision of Transactions in ATMs. 1996

B.S. in Physics - Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia.
Hyper-Raman Dispersion in Cavities. 1995 Courses on Leadership, Communication Skills For Managers, and Business Acumen (one year programs in 2003, 2012, and 2013), Program for Excellence in Professional Formation (one year program, 1994-1995), and Personal Coaching (one year program, 2010-2011). Courses in photonics_updated, Optics, Satellite Communications, Mobile Cellular Communications, Optical Fiber Communications, High Performance and Parallel Computing, Multidimensional Signal Processing, and Control Theory. Workshop on Fibers and Optics Sensors. Seminars on Software Marketing and Software Development.

GRANTS 2014-2015

SPIE Outreach Education Grant (Author and co-PI) • DOL ETA TAACCCT (Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training): New Horizons: Puerto Rico Lasers and photonics_updated Career Pathways (co-I and Academic Coordinator) • Puerto Rico Science Trust: Inertial Sensors Development for Space Weather and Planetary Research (co-PI) • OP-TEC Student Recruitment Grant (PI)


Universidad Metropolitana (San Juan, Puerto Rico) – School of Environmental Affairs

Assistant Research Professor – Puerto Rico photonics_updated Institute 2014-present • Academic Coordinator for design of 1-year Certificate Program in photonics_updated & Lasers under $2.5M grant from the US Department of Labor under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program – Grant # TC-26472-14-60-A-72. • mentored and supervised undergraduate students • designed, taught, and evaluated a course in modern optics for undergraduate students.

AT&T Global Business Solutions – Global Client Group

Regional Account Director – Caribbean and Latin American Region 2011-2014 • generate new sales and delivery of AT&T products, services, systems, and solutions to solve strategic business priorities of global corporate clients in the Caribbean and Latin America region • responsible for module maintenance and growth, business to business sales, and solution design and development, requiring consultative selling and negotiation skills, sales opportunity identification, and sales plan management • coordinate implementation of fiber-based and RF-based communication solutions with provisioning, project management, OSP, and network design departments.

Inter American University of Puerto Rico (Bayamon, PR) – Dept. of Electrical Engineering

Adjunct Professor 2011 • manage module design and supervise students working in NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative project • designed, taught, and evaluated courses in electromagnetism and control systems.

The Pennsylvania State University - Department of Electrical Engineering. University Park, PA

Assistant Professor and Researcher 2007 – 2010 Instructor and Postdoctoral Scholar 2004 – 2007 • authored and co-authored more than 35 journal and proceeding articles, and a similar number of conference papers, and wrote a book chapter on Metamaterials for Nanoscience and Technology series (Elsevier, 2011). • researcher on photonics_updated, nonlinear optics, optical filters, nanomaterials and negative-index, laser power control, electromagnetic wave propagation, and liquid crystals, participating in USAFOSR-DARPA, USARO, NSF-IGERT, NSF-NIRT, NSF-PREM, NSF-MRSEC, and DOD-MURI grants and initiatives. • designed, taught, and evaluated twenty undergraduate and graduate level courses, including Optical Engineering, Optical Fiber Communication, Communication Systems, Electromagnetism, Lasers (senior and advanced levels), and Circuits and Power Distribution (teaching effectiveness rating of 6.3 out of a maximum of 7.0). • mentored and supervised students in the NASA MUST and REU programs, and faculty advisor of the SPIE student chapter at Penn State. • won university-wide Outstanding Faculty Hispanic Heritage Award. • responsible for purchasing equipment, maintaining chemical inventory, and supervising lab waste handling and safety training compliance of optics research laboratory. • organizer Electrical Engineering Open House – Optics Area. • session chair at national and international conferences (SPIE, NOMA/OSA)

The Pennsylvania State University - Department of Electrical Engineering. University Park, PA

Doctoral Student and Graduate Assistant 1998 – 2003 • experimental (experiment design, setup and analysis) and theoretical (theory formulation, numerical simulations, analysis of results) research in photonics_updated and nonlinear optics area for Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering. • responsible for laboratory, recitation, and grading in courses of Optical Engineering, Linear Systems, and General Physics. • won SPIE Educational Scholarship in Optical Science and Engineering.