By Jamie Beckett, Oct. 2005
Cipriano (Pano) Santos, a senior scientist at HP Labs has
been named one of the 50 most influential Hispanics in technology
and business in the United States by the publishers of Hispanic
Engineer & Information Technology magazine.
Santos, who is both an accomplished scientist and a philanthropist,
was instrumental in a project to simplify the transfer of
money between Mexican citizens working in the U.S. and their
families back home. He also initiated a program to bring
Latin American engineering students to HP Labs' Palo Alto,
CA, headquarters to work as summer interns.
Recognized for technology leadership
Santos was one of two HP employees honored. Marcela Perez
de Alonso, HP executive vice president, Human Resources,
was also named to the list, which recognizes individuals
for their outstanding work in a technology field and
their leadership in technology companies and organizations.
Santos is widely recognized for his expertise
in mathematical optimization. His work on resource management
and distributed computing is a core element of HP's Adaptive
Enterprise Program, which enables companies to easily
make changes to IT infrastructures to adapt to changing
Santos was responsible for the first marketing campaign
optimization tool, which helps businesses identify optimal
market segmentations and campaigns. He invented an inventory-management
tool that has significantly reduced the cost of inventory
write-offs for HP.
Born in Mexico City, Santos contracted polio at the age
of three. Passionate about physics and mathematics, he
obtained his Master's degree and PhD in operations research
at the University of Waterloo in Canada. He joined HP
Labs in 1990.
Santos has 21 filed patents and is Associate Editor of
the Journal of Heuristics. He is a winner of Mexico's
President's Excellence Award and last year was recognized for outstanding technical achievement by the
Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation