Alvaro Ortiz-Vazquez is a Research Associate where he is developing research tools in R and C++ for the Quuppa system as well the EdLab Suite. He recently presented work at the Educational Data Mining Conference in Wuhan, China.
Alvaro is originally from Mexico City and graduated from Columbia University in 2016 with a bachelors degree in Computer Science and Mathematics with a concentration in astronomy. He is very interested by topics in astronomy and astrophysics including space travel, cosmology, and simulations. In his work, Alvaro seeks to combine the skills of computer programming and mathematics with a complex scientific application. When not programming in Java or studying about active galactic nuclei, Alvaro is very passionate about working around issues of social justice and education. Alvaro also been involved in several after-school tutoring programs since high school and with organizations such as America Reads.
Alvaro is also passionate about increasing representation of underserved and underrepresented youth in STEM fields. He has worked in mentorship programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and most recently with a NYC foundation which seeks to do just that.