Mr. Alvarado is a Mechanical Engineer (Kansas State University, 1984) and currently works with National Instruments (NI) as the Business Development Manager for Academic Research. He has been with NI since 1999, and has more than 30 years practical experience in the design, development and deployment of real-time, measurement and control systems that involve high-performance numerical methods in C, C++, FORTRAN and NI LabVIEW using PC-based and embedded technologies for a wide spectrum of academic research projects and industries including system-level solutions for the energy sector. Mr. Alvarado led the development and implementation of some of the first power sub-station monitoring and control systems using LabVIEW and NI data acquisition hardware on industrial computers in Latin America. He has also been involved in several research centers at leading universities in Texas and Oklahoma. On the STEM teaching/education side, Mr. Alvarado has been involved in the design and implementation of novel approaches for teaching/learning and scientific research in science/engineering with a special emphasis on hands-on learning and undergraduate research projects. He is an active member of several professional societies, including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), the International Society of Automation (ISA), the American Physical Society (APS) and the Ibero-American Science and Technology Education Consortium (ISTEC). Mr. Alvarado has published papers in technical publications and has taught courses to engineers and scientists involved in instrumentation, control and automation applications in industry and academia. He has also been an invited speaker at numerous leading universities in the U.S. and Latin America, as well as national/international meetings. Over the past 28 years, he has served as a consultant or advisory board member for several institutes, colleges, universities, corporations and research laboratories and currently advises two international innovation institutes, and several colleges and universities in the U.S.