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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 business conditions.

Polio victim

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 (HENAAC).

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