Personnel

Direction

Esteban Meneses, PhD

CNCA Director
emeneses@cenat.ac.cr

Education:
  • PhD in Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Masters in Bioinformatics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Masters in Computer Science, Costa Rica Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computing Engineering, Costa Rica Institute of Technology
Interests:
High performance computing, fault tolerance, computational seismology
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Karla Calderón

CNCA Administrative Assistant
kcalderon@cenat.ac.cr

Education:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration  with emphasis on development management
Interests:
Project planning, urban and rural development management, urban mobility

Infrastructure Staff

Jean Carlo Umaña, BEng

Infrastructure Lead
jumana@cenat.ac.cr

Education:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computing Engineering, Costa Rica Institute of Technology
Interests:
High performance computing, parallel architectures, simulation

Carlos Gamboa, BEng

Advanced Network Lead
cgamboa@cenat.ac.cr

Education:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computing Engineering, Costa Rica Institute of Technology
Interests:
Research and education academic networks, big data, bioinformatics

Research Staff

Diego Jiménez, BEng

Assistant Researcher
djimenez@cenat.ac.cr

Education:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering, Costa Rica Institute of Technology
Interests:
High performance computing, parallel architectures, simulation

Maripaz Montero, BSc

Assistant Researcher
mmontero@cenat.ac.cr

Education:
  • Bachellor’s degree in Biology with emphasis in Biotechnology, National University of Costa Rica
Interests:
Bioinformatics, genome assembly and annotation, synthetic biology. 

Mariana Cubero, BSc

Assistant Researcher
mcubero@cenat.ac.cr​

Education:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Statistics, University of Costa Rica
Interests:
Data science, big data, urban mobility, georeferenced data

Jorge Castro, MSc

Assistant Researcher
jcastro@cenat.ac.cr​

Education:
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering: Concentration in Digital Systems, University of Costa Rica
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, University of Costa Rica
Interests:
Digital signal processing, machine learning, parallel computing

Mariela Abdalah, BEng

Assistant Researcher

 mabdalah@cenat.ac.cr

Education:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, University of Costa Rica
Interests:
Data analysis, simulation, bioengineering

Graduate Students

Manuel Zumbado, BEng

Research Assistant
mzumbado@cenat.ac.cr​

Education:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering, Costa Rica Institute of Technology.
Interests:
Machine learning, image processing, biomedical image analysis.

Luis Campos, BSc

Research Assistant
lcampos@cenat.ac.cr​

Education:
  • Bachelor’s in Computer Science, University of Costa Rica
Interests:
Visualizations, simulations, data analytics.

Elvis Rojas, MSc

Research Assistant
erojas@una.ac.cr​

Education:
  • PhD in Engineering student
  • Masters  in Computer Science, Costa Rica Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor’s Degree in System Information Engineering from National University of Costa Rica
Interests:
Fault tolerance, high performance computing, parallel computing.

Undergraduate Students

Ricardo Valverde

Infrastructure Assistant
rivh@estudiantec.cr

Education:
  • Computer Engineering Student, Costa Rica Institute of Technology 
Interests:
High performance computing

Ana Cristina Soto

Research Assistant
cristina.sotorojas@ucr.ac.cr

Education:
  • Computer Science Student, University of Costa Rica
  • Actuarial Science Student, University of Costa Rica
Interests:
Big data, social media network.

Crista Montiel

Research Assistant
crista.montiel.alvarado@est.una.ac.cr

Education:
  • Biology Student with emphasis in Biotechnology, National University of Costa Rica
     
Interests:
Bioinformatics, genome assembly and annotation, synthetic biology. 

Elías Arce

Reasearch Assistant
delias2798@estudiantec.cr

Education:
  • Computer Engineering Student, Costa Rica Institute of Technology 
Interests:
High performance computing

Alejandro Argüello

Research Assistant
 alejandro.arguello@ucr.ac.cr

Education:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Geology, Central American School of Geology, University of Costa Rica.
Interests:
Computational Seismology, Machine Learning, Earthquake and Tsunamis Simulation
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Leonardo van der Laat

Research Assistant
leonardo.vanderlaat@ucr.ac.cr

Education:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Geology, Central American School of Geology, University of Costa Rica.
Interests:
Seismology, volcanology.

Melissa Arce

Infrastructure Assistant
melissa.arcemontero@ucr.ac.cr

Education:
  • Electrical Engineering Student with Emphasis on Computer Network at the University of Costa Rica
Interests:
High performance computing

Victor Yeom

Research Assistant
victor.yeom@ucr.ac.cr

Education:
  • Electrical Engineering Student with Emphasis on Computer Network at the University of Costa Rica
Interests:
Data science, big data, urban mobility, georeferenced data

Raquel Miranda

Research Assistant
rmiranda@ic-itcr.ac.cr

Education:
  • Computer Engineering Student, Costa Rica Institute of Technology
Interests:
Artificial intelligence, high performance computing, space systems

Former Members

Kimberly Sánchez

Administrative Assistant

Daniel Alvarado, MSc

Researcher

Isaac Gómez, BEng

Infrastructure Assistant

Mario Zamora, BEng

Research Assistant

Warner Díaz

Research Assistant

Silvia Calderón

Research Assistant