Founder, Director, MIT NextLab Program
Jhonatan Rotberg is the founder and director of the MIT NextLab Program. As a Lecturer at MIT’s Engineering Systems Division, he works closely with corporate partners to design MIT-industry programs that develop mobile technologies for the next billion users. These technologies are then spun off as joint MIT-Industry innovations, new open-source initiatives, or for-profit startups. To date, his work at MIT has spun off 29 projects in 13 countries, some which have received recognitions such as the Vodafone Wireless Innovation Award, the m-Health Alliance Award, and Best NFC Service of the Year by the 2009 NFC Forum Global Competition. In October 2010, Rotberg was recognized with the “Future Mind” award from Discovery Channel and Quo science magazine, for “creating technologies that transform lives”. During that year, he served as the Senior Technology Advisor to the Interamerican Development Bank's Mobile Technologies incubation program.
Rotberg is formerly a Lecturer and the Telmex Visiting Scientist at the MIT Media Lab, where he founded and directed the Next Billion Network, an original concept selected to the Smithsonian Institution’s 2010 Design Triennial: “an exhibition of work by designers and firms who are setting trends and transforming their disciplines”. Previous to his tenure at Telmex, Rotberg was a financial consultant at Accenture, and an equity analyst at Baring Securities and Deutsche Bank. A native of Mexico, he is a graduate of Brown University.
Research Director, MIT NextLab Supply Chain Systems
Dr. Edgar Blanco is a Research Director at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics and is the Executive Director of the MIT SCALE Network in Latin America. His current research focus is the design of environmentally efficient supply chains. He also leads research initiatives on supply chain innovations in emerging markets, disruptive mobile technologies in value chains and optimization of humanitarian operations.
Dr. Blanco has over thirteen years of experience in designing and improving logistics and supply chain systems, including the application of operations research techniques, statistical methods, GIS technologies and software solutions to deliver significant savings in business operations.
Prior to joining MIT, he was leading the Inventory Optimization practice at Retek (now Oracle Retail). He received his Ph.D. from the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His educational background includes a B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) and a M.S. in Operations Research from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Jen-Hao (Paul) Yang
Associate Director of Technology, MIT NextLab Program
Jen-Hao Yang is the alumni of the MIT System Design and Management program. He is interested in mobile technology, system architecture, social networking and entrepreneurship. Before coming to MIT, he worked as a Principal Engineer at Alcatel Corporation as System Architect to design innovative fixed, mobile, and data services over GSM, 3G, NGN, and IMS network. He also led the Platform team for service development, integration, and technical support.
Projects and Operations Manager, MIT NextLab Program
Camilo Salazar Paris, is a Computer Engineer from Universidad de La Sabana (Bogota, Colombia), he did his military career in the Colombia's Navy, where he got the grade of Naval Cadet. During his career in the university, he developed some projects related with his program, but also with design, usability and digital interactions. His research interests are HCI (Human Computer Interaction), Usability, GUI design, UX design and the psychology in human behavior, topics that makes him to developed the first HCI Lab in Colombia in his University named LUX (Laboratory of User eXperience) with the help of the Director of the program Computer Engineering. His hobbies are diving, play soccer and photography.