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HP Labs scientist honored for technical achievement by Hispanic engineers' group

Cipriano (Pano) Santos is known for his philanthropic work as well as his technical accomplishments


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Cipriano (Pano) Santos, a senior scientist in operations research at HP Labs, has been selected for this year's outstanding technical achievement award by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC).

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 business conditions.

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.

At the same time, Santos has taken a leadership role in bringing his knowledge of technology and the support of HP to projects to help others. He 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.

"He is an accomplished applied mathematician, an inventor and a philanthropist committed to the development of Hispanic youth," said Dick Lampman, director of HP Labs and senior vice president for research, HP. "His technical expertise, initiative and leadership are a tremendous asset to the future success of HP."

Born in Mexico City, Santos contracted polio at the age of three. As a boy, he hoped to be an astronaut, "but being a realistic dreamer," he said, "I realized it would probably be difficult to walk on the moon in crutches."

He explored physics and developed his math skills. "Once I became proficient and skilled in mathematics, I began to realize its beauty and power," he said.

He went on to obtain his Master's degree and PhD in operations research at the University of Waterloo in Canada and joined HP Labs in 1990. He has 17 filed patents and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Heuristics. He is a winner of Mexico's President's Excellence Award.

"Pano is a highly accomplished researcher and engineer, recognized by his colleagues at HP and in the academic community for his contributions to the field of operations research," said Per-Kristian (Kris) Halvorsen, an HP vice president and director of the Solutions and Services Research Center at HP Labs. "His raw talent, his accomplishments, his commitment to help others in spite of his own physical handicap has inspired many, and will inspire more."

Santos will receive his award during the 16th annual Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Conference, October 7-9 in Pasadena, CA. He will be among several scientists and engineers recognized by the group, which aims to identify, honor and document the contributions of outstanding Hispanic American science, engineering, technology and math professionals.


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