Title: Retired Professor of Electrical Engineering
Company: University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Location: San German, Puerto Rico, United States
Jorge Luis Ortiz-Alvarez, PhD, P.E., Retired Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in electrical engineering.
Since he was around 10 years old, Dr. Ortiz-Alvarez would play around with transistor radios and implemented intercom systems using speakers from radios. Taking his interests to the collegiate level, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1976 and a Master’s in electrical engineering in 1978, both from the University of Puerto Rico. He went on to obtain a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Houston in 1984. Today, Dr. Ortiz-Alvarez’s notable achievements include research in artificial intelligence and expert systems, in addition to his exceptional teaching career of 30 years. Dr. Ortiz-Alvarez joined the faculty of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez’s Electrical and Computer Engineer Department in 1984 as an assistant professor. Up until his retirement in 2014, he had also served as an associate professor, associate chairman, assistant dean of engineering, associate dean of engineering and professor of electrical engineering.
Upon reaching his impressive career status, Dr. Ortiz-Alvarez had participated in prestigious training with NASA/ASEE and NAVY/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship Programs where he worked on remote sensing, fault-tolerant processors using INMOS transputers, neural networks, and image fusion and simulation research. In 2005, he participated in a workshop called, “Assisting Bioinformatics Efforts at Minority Schools,” at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center with the aim to develop bioinformatics programs within the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. Additionally, Dr. Ortiz-Alvarez had served as a reviewer and technical committee member for IASTED Conferences and the Florida Artificial Intelligence Society. Today, Dr. Ortiz-Alvarez holds membership with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American Society of Engineering Education, and Colegio de Ingenieros y Agrimensores de Puerto Rico. Looking back on his illustrious career, the educator and researcher thanks the mentors throughout the course of his life, including his uncle, who was an engineer, and his father, Pedro. To attest to his legacy, Dr. Ortiz-Alvarez can also be found in the third edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.
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