Tec de Monterrey, 1999-2006. University College Cork, 2014-Present
BSc, Physics Engineering, MSc, Electronic Systems
I worked as a Test engineer and as a Product engineer
Tyndall National Institute and University College Cork
Favourite thing to do in science: Solve a difficult problem
I am always learning
I am from Mexico. I have a wife and two kids. My wife is the love of my life but I got in love with four equations too (Maxwell equations). That is why I work with optics and electronics!
Converting electric signals into photonic signals and vice versa
I am routing some very fast signals, so they can reach to the converters of light into electrons and vice versa. To design this routes, I am using simulators and old beautiful theories.
My Typical Day
Reading, simulations and testing in the lab
I usually read a lot, mostly scientific papers. The scientific journals and its papers are one important way the researchers communicate with each other. There are also the meetings that I have with my supervisor and other researchers, teamwork is very important in science! I also spend lots of time working in the computer with simulators and coding, I love coding! Check code.org if you want to explore.
What I'd do with the money
Donate it to the MakerSpace in Tyndall so we can make some cool things
Adults need toys too. MakerSpace in Tyndall is a very nice place to play with toys and use your enginering skills. Also, MakerSpace host MakerDojo with some very nice activities to promote Science to everybody.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Learn, Plan and Focus
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Pink Floyd (I am not that old but anyway)
What's your favourite food?
Tacos de mole
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Some very nice trips around Ireland with my family
What did you want to be after you left school?
Product Engineer, to design some cool products
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes, I always struggle to complete the homeworks
What was your favourite subject at school?
Math and Physics
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Designed a device that works well at 40000000000 bits per second
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
First my dad, then some good teachers and mentors along the road
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
Heavy equipment operator, road tunnel machine maybe?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
A fusion power generator, all photonic computers and my third wish is to own both patents.
Tell us a joke.
A photon checks into a hotel and is asked if he needs any help with his luggage. He says, “No, I’m traveling light.”
This are the electric fields on some of the waveguides that I have designed, I think they look beautiful, do you?
The simulation model of a circuit that can work at very high speeds 40000000000 bits per second!
The Maxwell equations in it’s full beauty. One needs to study a lot to understand their meaning and can spend a life working with them!