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Visionary Speakers

Sandra Castejon Pulliza, Banco Popular

Sandra is excited to build and drive change constantly; an entrepreneur at heart, Sandra started her career at a start-up called ParadaFInanciera.com raising seed funding and diving into the financial services world. After diversifying her professional experience at Santander and Walmart learning to close the gap between customer needs and creating financial products and completing her undergrad education at Yale University and her law degree at the University of Puerto Rico, she landed in the tech universe of the biggest bank in Puerto Rico, Banco Popular. At Popular, Sandra leads the Technology Management Division, including the strategy and budget for Business Intelligence, Core Banking, Employee Experience, Infrastructure, and Development. Data creations that fill her with pride include the Robotics Process Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Governance Programs. With a heightened sense of controls and security coupled with and amazing team of experts, she leads the evolution of the IT landscape of a bank with a history of over 125 years the most agile and innovative way possible.

Myra Ruiz, Evertec

Myra Ruiz es vicepresidenta de Soluciones Digitales en Evertec. Lidera el equipo de desarrollo de dos de las primeras aplicaciones locales más utilizadas en Puerto Rico: ATH Móvil y Mi Banco, entre otras. Cuenta con un equipo de desarrollo internacional con recursos de Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, República Dominicana, Argentina, Venezuela, Uruguay y México. Apasionada con fomentar la participación de empresas grandes como Evertec en la comunidad de tecnología de Puerto Rico, ha sido voluntaria y mentora para varios eventos que promueven oportunidades de desarrollo en el área de tecnología para varios grupos de la comunidad, incluyendo la importancia de la participación de la mujer en la tecnología del mundo actual. Cuenta con un Bachillerato de Ingeniería en Computadoras de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Mayagüez y un MBA en Sistemas de Información de la Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico.

Eng. Lucy (Luz A.) Crespo, Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust

Lucy Crespo is the Chief Executive Officer of the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust, with the mission to advance the research and innovation ecosystem in Puerto Rico. Member of the Board of Directors of the FirstBank Corp. She retired as General Manager of Hewlett-Packard Puerto Rico for the Enterprise Business Division (Puerto Rico Manufacturing Operation-PRMO), located in Aguadilla in 2013. Her tenure at HP lasted for 31 year, successfully working in the HP Computing and Printing and Personal Systems business units and contributing in the enterprise and consumer segments though various roles. Lucy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus and completed her Executive Development education at the Kellogg’s Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University. She is a member of the Alpha Pi Mu, the Industrial Engineering Honor Society. In her role as CEO of the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust she led the implementation of the following key initiatives to advance the Puerto Rico’s Science and Technology agenda: (1) Established the Puerto Rico Consortium for Clinical Research, (2) Launched Parallel18 a Global Entrepreneurship initiative, (3) Established the Technology Transfer Office to serve all universities in Puerto Rico, (4) Expanded Trust’s Research Grant programs, (5) Established Puerto Rico Center for Tropical Biodiversity and Bioprospecting. She is also leading the development of Science City, a technology and research infrastructure with the vision to create a globally recognized innovation hub connecting and integrating Puerto Rico’s science and technology ecosystems. As a multidisciplinary international center of collaboration, Science City will inspire new ideas, inventions and enterprises, resulting from its vibrant and rich environment to innovate, work, and live. Lucy is an executive with ample experience in the technology industry. She developed, implemented and successfully managed multiple activities in areas such as new product introduction, research and development, manufacturing management, strategic business planning, business process reengineering and IT service delivery operations using ITIL framework. As part of her responsibilities she provided supply chain support to operations in Europe (England, Germany and Czech Republic) and Mexico. Lucy managed the Latin-American Unix operation including sales, marketing and total customer experience responsibilities. Lucy is a former president of the Puerto Rico Industrial Association (PRMA), and a recipient of the Hector Jiménez Juarbe award. Under her leadership, HP Puerto Rico received the HP’s President Quality Award given by the HP’s CEO. Lucy has been recognized by various institutions, i.e., Commerce Chambers, SME, AIHE, American Society of Quality Control and “Colegiala Ilustre” by the UPR, Mayaguez Campus. She was also a member of the Manufacturing Advisory Board during the incumbency of Governor Luis Fortuño.

Technical Speakers

María Eglée Pérez, University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras

María-Eglée Pérez is Professor and Department Chair at the Department of Mathematics of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. She got a PhD in Mathematics in 1994 and since then she has been a researcher in Bayesian Statistics, with emphasis in Bayesian analysis of discrete data, Objective Bayesian analysis and applications of Statistical Methods and Bayesian Statistics in Biology and Medicine. She is also committed to training efforts in Statistics and Data Science in Puerto Rico.

Xiomara Figueroa, Booksloth

Xiomara Figueroa is Co-Founder and Software Engineer of BookSloth. She considers herself deeply committed to diversity in tech and education. That led her to co-found Include Girls, a student led non-profit organization for women in STEM fields. She attributed her community-driven attitude to her fellowship with CODE2040, a non-profit organization that supports Black and Latinxs in tech. Since then she has focused her work on building with technology and giving back to the community by serving as a mentor and role model.

Wilmarie Ríos, Verisk Financial

Passionate analytics and data science professional with 10 years of experience in the financial services industry. Spanning large, Fortune 100 companies as well as local consulting firms in Puerto Rico, I’ve helped internal and external clients identify and solve problems in areas such as marketing analytics, retail operations, portfolio analytics and modeling, and more recently, fraud and risk. In 2016 I joined Verisk Financial, where I currently lead multi-disciplinary teams across several geographies deliver analytics and data science products in local and international markets as a Vice President in the fraud and risk space. A public high school graduate from Utuado, Puerto Rico, I hold a BS in Computer Engineering at University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (2007) and a MS in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University (2011). I currently live in NYC and outside of work, I enjoy spending time with fiancé and 2 my dogs, reading, catching a good cycling or yoga class, walking around my neighborhood, or visiting my family and friends in my beloved Puerto Rico.

Panelists

María Eglée Pérez, University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras

Saylisse Dávila, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

Saylisse Dávila is a Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez. She holds PhD and MSE degrees in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez. Her teaching interests include probability, statistics, and machine learning; while, her research interests include method development and data-driven applications in statistical learning. In recent years, her applied work focus has geared towards natural hazards and engineering education.

Sofía Meléndez, UPR Río Piedras

Sofía Meléndez Cartagena is a Biology Master’s student at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. She’s convinced that computational thinking is not just for computer scientists, and that many biological problems have computational solutions. Currently, she’s studying how sociality (levels of social organization) affect an organism's circadian rhythm. She's tackling this problem by applying machine learning to locomotion data gathered from halictid bees.

Wilmarie Ríos, Verisk Financial