ComSoc LA Board (LAB) 2018-2019


Director Lisandro Zambenedetti Granville , Director
Members Marcelo Anderson Batista dos Santos , Secretary
Carlos A. Lozano Garzón , Awards Committee (LAB-AC)
Carlos Eugenio Martínez Cruz  , Global Communications Newsletter (GCN) Committee (LAB-GCNC)
Joel J.P.C. Rodrigues Technical Activities Commitee (LAB-TAC)
Nury Gabriela Ramirez Cely , Industry Relations Committee (LAB-IRC)
G. Esmeralda Asurza Espiritu , Social Networks Committee (LAB-SNC) and Webpage 
Juan David Alvarado , Membership Development Committee (LAB-MDC) 
Gidy Carolina Florez Navarro , Young Professional Coordinator
Araceli García Gómez , Student Activities
DLT and DSP Coordinator Pedro Aguilera
Previous Board


Lisandro Zambenedetti Granville

Lisandro is professor on Computer Science at the Institute of Informatics (INF) of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil. He is current president of the Brazilian Computer Society (SBC) and director of the Center of Research and Development on Digital Technologies for Information and Communications (CTIC/RNP). Lisandro has served as ComSoc’s CNOM Chair (2013-2017), TPC co-chair o ICC 2018, NetSoft 2018, LATINCOM 2012, NOMS 2010, LANOMS 2009, DSOM 2007, SBRC 2007 and as general co-chair of CNSM 2014, LatinCloud 2012, LAACS 2008, LANOMS 2005, and SBRC 2004.


Marcelo Anderson Batista dos Santos

Marcelo is an assistant professor at the Federal Institute of Sertão Pernambucano (IF Sertão-PE), Brazil. Currently, he is the President of the Scientific Committee of the IF Sertão-PE. He received his Ph.D. degree at the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) in 2017 in Brazil. Six months of the doctoral program was at the University of Evry Val d’Essonne, France, collaborating with Dr. Nazim Agoulmine in the IBISC Lab (09/2014 – 02/2015, SLA4Cloud project). Currently, his research and development interests include: Cloud Computing, Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Virtual Environments, Internet of Things (IoT), and optimization techniques.


Carlos A. Lozano Garzón

Carlos receives his System Engineer degree from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia, in 2004 and his PhD degree of both: Universidad de los Andes, Colombia; and Universitat de Girona, Spain in 2017. He worked as professor at Universidad de los Andes and Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and as visiting professor at Universidad Nacional de Asunción. Carlos Lozano served in ComSoc as Director of Latin America Region (2016 – 2017), DLT/DSP Coordinator of Latin-America (2012 – 2015), Membership Development Coordinator Latin-America (2010 – 2011), Universidad de San Buenaventura Student Chapter Advisor (2008 – 2012), Colombian Chapter Chair (2007 – 2009) . Also he was chair of IEEE Colombian Conference on Communications and Computing at several times; co-chair of the IEEE Latin-American Conference on Communications 2009, and Conference of the Andean Council IEEE – ANDESCON 2010; and served as Publicity Vice-chair for Latin-America of IEEE Globecom 2015 and TPC member of several conferences. His IEEE activities include Colombian Educational Activities Committee Chair (2015), Member at Large in New Initiative Committee (2014 ), Region 9 New Initiative Committee Chair (2013 – 2015), Colombia Section Chair (2011 – 2012), and Colombia Student Activities Coordinator (2009 – 2010). He received the IEEE Computer Society Upsilon Pi Epsilon Student Award for Academic Excellence in 2014, IEEE Region 9 Outstanding Branch Counselor and Advisor Award in 2013, IEEE Region 9 Theodore W. Hissey Award in 2013, IEEE Computer Society Richard E. Merwin Student Scholarship in 2012, and the IEEE Communication Society – Latin America Region Distinguished Service Award in 2010.


Carlos Eugenio Martínez Cruz

Carlos works as a full-time professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at Universidad de El Salvador. He got his Electrical Engineering degree in 1996 from Universidad de El Salvador. In 2007, he got a PhD in Telecommunication by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain. Currently, he is IEEE El Salvador Section’s chair. In 2012, IEEE promoted him to the Senior Member category; hold by only 8% of its members. In 2016, IEEE Communications Society, Latin America Region, awarded him as an outstanding professional. Also, since 2015, he is member of the Salvadoran Association of Electrical, Mechanical and Industrial Engineers (ASIMEI).


Joel J.P.C Rodrigues

Joel Rodrigues [S’01, M’06, SM’06] is a professor at the National Institute of Telecommunications (Inatel), Brazil and senior researcher at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal. Prof. Rodrigues is the leader of the Internet of Things research group (CNPq) – Inatel, Director for Conference Development – IEEE ComSoc Board of Governors, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Technical Activities Committee Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Latin America Region Board, Past-Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Technical Committees on eHealth and on Communications Software. He is the editor-in-chief of three International Journals, and has been general chair and TPC Chair of many international conferences, including IEEE ICC, IEEE GLOBECOM, IEEE HEALTHCOM, and IEEE LatinCom.  He has authored or coauthored over 600 papers in refereed international journals and conferences, 3 books, and 2 patents. He had been awarded several Outstanding Leadership and Outstanding Service Awards by IEEE Communications Society and several best papers awards.


Nury Gabriela Ramirez Cely

Nury is an Electronics Engineer from ESPOL University in Ecuador, has a Master’s degree in Engineering and Management for Quality from ITESO in Mexico. She currently works Cisco Systems as an Advanced Services Program Manager, with eleven years of relevant professional experience and has six years experience as Program Manager leading, coordinating and following up on tight schedules for for Advanced Services at Cisco now and before for Intel Xeon based projects. She is a Senior Member of IEEE with leadership role managing women’s technical outreach and professional awareness projects. Actually, she is the chair of the Comitte Young Professional in Global ComSoc.


G. Esmeralda Asurza Espiritu

Esmeralda is an Electronic and Telecommunication Engineer from National University of South Lima (UNTELS) in Peru; also she is a candidate for a Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering from National University of Callao with research focus in Control Systems and Internet of Things. She works in America Movil Corporation as a Failure Management Analyst for fixed services, Support Engineer in MetroEthernet networks in Telcore S.A, and as Cisco Network Academy Instructor.

Besides Comsoc, she is also member of IEEE Computer, IEEE Intelligent Transport and IEEE Control Society. Actually she is the Secretary for IEEE ComSoc Peru Chapter since 2015.


Juan David Alvarado

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Gidy Carolina Florez Navarro

Gidy is a Researcher at the Brazilian Center for Research in Physics (CBPF). She has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. She has been IEEE member and active volunteer since 2007 She was part of Region 9 SACTeam in 2012-2013, also in the IEEE SIGHT events committee in 2016 and in the SIGHT Engagement Committe in 2017. Besides Comsoc, she is also member of IEEE MTT-S and IEEE Magnetics Society. Her current research interests are in radar imaging, microstrip antennas, metamaterial devices and magnetic materials characterization. She has been also researched on MIMO systems and millimeter wave antennas.


Araceli García Gómez

Araceli received her B.Sc. degree in electronics and communications engineering from the University of Guadalajara and a Master degree in Applied Computer Science from the ITESO University. In the Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes, an office of the Mexican Government, she worked in activities related to radioelectric spectrum administration, 1987-1989. She has been a professor at different universities in Guadalajara since 1993, and a professor in the Electronics, Systems & Informatics Department (DESI) at ITESO since 1996. Araceli was the academic coordinator of the Undergraduate Program of Electronics Engineering, 2001-2005 and a member of the Department Council of the DESI. She was also a member of the Consultative Council of the Cadena de la Industria Electronica (CADELEC) Guadalajara, 2007-2009. Currently, Araceli teaches courses on Computer Networks and participates in several academic and professional projects in different universities. IEEE ComSoc activities: Committees/Boards include–Chapter Chair of Guadalajara ComSoc, 2001-2004; Latin America Region Board coordinating the DLTs, 2003-2005; Guadalajara Section Vice Chair, 2004-2006; ComSoc Regional Director for Latin America, 2006-2007; Guadalajara Section Chair, 2007-2008; Student Branch Counselor ITESO, 2012, ComSoc Guadalajara Chapter Chair, 2016-2018. Conferences and Awards include–Co-Chair for several IEEE Conferences (CIEP 2002, IMWS 2009, PIMRC 2010, WCNC 2011). Her chapter received the Chapter Achievement Award in 2003; Araceli was named Engineer of the Year in 2004.


Pedro Aguilera

Pedro is a Electrical Engineer from University of Chile, with specialization on telecommunications. He works in network planning and development of telecommunications networks. He was  the Chapter Chair of ComSoc Chile from 2003 to 2015 and Regional Director of IEEE ComSoC Latin America from 2011 to 2014. Actually he is the Secretary of IEEE Chile Section and the Secretary of IEEE ComSoc Chile Chapter.