University of Minnesota

Rodrigo received his Bachelor of Science degree from the prestigious Chemical Engineering department at the University of Minnesota in 2005.  Upon graduation, he was named the Institute of Technology’s Student of the Year.

At the University of Minnesota, Rodrigo took classes in Biomaterials, Polymers, Analytical Chemistry and Material Science.  He also excelled in Thermodynamics and Process Design.

He was also fascinated by Nanotechnology and received two Undergraduate Research Opportunity (UROP) Awards for research in advanced technologies.  He also won the University of Minnesota’s Academic Programs for Excellence in Engineering and Science (APEXES) awards in 2004 and 2005.  During his senior year, Rodrigo won the national technical engineering competition sponsored by SHPE in Dallas, Texas for his design of a bioreactor for the treatment of toxic pollutants in water.

Rodrigo was a member of the world-class University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project Team.  The team won several national competitions including the Formula Sun and was runner-up in the American Solar Challenge.

Rodrigo supported outreach work in the Twin Cities, writing about technology and education for the Spanish-language newspaper “Gente de Minnesota” and was also the Vice President of the Society of Hispanic and Professional Engineers (SHPE) chapter of the University of Minnesota.

Awards at Minnesota

In 2013, Rodrigo was given a Senior Innovation Fellowship at the Medical Devices Center of the University of Minnesota.  He applied his corporate, nanotechnology and entrepreneurship background to lead innovations in the medical devices industry for applications including cardiac heart failure, cardiology, biosensors, organ transplants, orthopedics, diabetes and gastroenterology. He worked closely and collaborates with top physicians at the University of Minnesota Hospitals.



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