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

Melissa Hernández

Student Administrative Assistant
asistentecncaest@cenat.ac.cr

Education:
  • Bachelor’s Degree and Diploma in Public Administration  
Interests:
Project management, public innovation, public governance, open government.

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. 

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

 

 

 

Fabricio Quirós, MSc

Researcher

fquiros@cenat.ac.cr
Education:
  • Master of Science in Electronic Engineering: Emphasis in Processing of Digital Signals, Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering, Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica
Interests:
Analysis and processing of audio and images, computer vision applications and AI

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

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

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

Dennis Luna, BEng

Research Assistant
dennis.luna@uned.cr

 

Education:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering, Costa Rica Institute of Technology
  • Computer Engineering Student, Distance State University (UNED)
Interests:
Big Data, Data Science, Data Analysis and Machine Learning

Alex Sáenz

Research Assistant
alexsaenz@estudiantec.cr

Education:
  • Computer Engineering Student, Costa Rica Institute of Technology
Interests:
Big Data, Bio Computing, Aerospace Engineering, Embedded Systems, Hardware Description Language

Ronald Loaiza, BEng

Research Assistant
rlbaldares@estudiantec.cr

Education:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechatronics Engineering, Costa Rica Institute of Technology
  • Masters student in Computer Engineering, Costa Rica Institute of Technology
Interests:
Machine Learning, Data Science, Systems Simulation and Evolutionary Computing

 

Kevin Zeledón Salazar

Infrastructure Assistant
kzeledon@protonmail.com

Education:
  • Computer Engineering Student, Costa Rica Institute of Technology
Interests:
Embedded Systems, Aerospatial Systems, AI, High Performance Computing

Former Members

Kimberly Sánchez

Administrative Assistant

 

Daniel Alvarado, MSc

Researcher

Mariana Cubero, BSc

Assistant Researcher

 

Willy Villalobos, BEng

Infrastructure Assistant

 

Mario Zamora, BEng

Research Assistant

Isaac Gómez, BEng

Infrastructure Assistant

 

Leonardo van der Laat

Research Assistant

Warner Díaz

Research Assistant

Silvia Calderón

Research Assistant

Victor Yeom

Research Assistant