About Me

Greetings and welcome to my Website. I'm an engineering and technology Professor with over 20 years of experience in a wide variety of roles and disciplines. I have lived in 3 different countries, speak 3 languages, and have a passion for teaching, research, and technology. In addition, I have taught more than 40 college courses including: Introduction to Microcomputer Usage (CGS1060), Introduction to Engineering (EGS1001C), Introduction to Web Page Development (CTD1800), and Computer Aided Drawing & Design (ETD1340). Finally, I'm currently completing my Doctorate degree in Education and focusing on studying novel teaching methodologies such as Game Based Learning and Gamification.

Education

Doctor in Education (In Progress)
Northeastern University – Boston, Massachusetts.
Concentration: Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership.

M.S. Telecom and Networking (2005 - 2006)
Florida International University – Miami, Florida.

B.S. Systems Engineering (1992 - 1997)
Universidad Metropolitana – Caracas, Venezuela.

Skills

Here are some of my technical and non-technical skills presented in a world cloud:

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Teaching Philosophy

I believe that in many ways every person is a student and a teacher at the same time; I have the opportunity to learn something new from my students in every class that I teach. Every student is unique and so is every class, therefore it is important to always listen and address every situation individually. In addition, I believe it is vital to explain and show students the practical applications of the concepts taught. Students that understand why it is important to learn something and how they can apply it in the real world will develop a better appreciation and retention of the material.

Furthermore, learning should be an exciting and fun "experience" where we "learn how to learn" and many different kinds of lessons that should go beyond what is presented to us in class or in a textbook. Finally, I believe that teaching is a joyful opportunity to introduce students to new and useful subjects, to encourage and empower them, to stimulate their imagination and curiosity, to guide them in their academic journey, and to hopefully make a difference in their lives.

Affiliations & Hobbies

I love science fiction, fantasy, action, and medieval TV series/movies. Some of my favorites include: Star Trek, Star Wars, The Matrix, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, The Borgias, Tudors, West World, and the Harry Potter saga. I also enjoy strategy games like Chess and video-games in general. Furthermore, I enjoy long walks, online shopping, reading, and travelling. Although I have visited many European, American, and Asian countries, there are still many places I would like to see like Japan and Australia. In addition, I'm a member of the following organizations:

  • Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education.
  • Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation.
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.
  • The E-Learning Guild.
  • FIU Alumni Association.

Media

These are some of my students' projects, images, and teaching videos:

Testimonials

I'm really grateful to all my students for their nice words and testimonials. Students' kind words are like a gift that is very precious to me and a motivation to continue doing my best.