Fernando Tubilla, Alumni
2011 PhD, Mechanical Engineering
Through my business project, I intend not only to offer technological solutions to the needs I have identified, but also, as the business grows, to fuel the demand in my country for well-prepared engineers and scientists that can bring these and other novel solutions to life.
I intend to combine techniques from operations research and systems science with technologies such as sensing devices, mobile phones, and Web applications, to develop decision-support and execution systems that improve the operations of organizations throughout Mexico and Latin America. Targeted organizations that will benefit from these technologies include small businesses, healthcare providers, and city governments.
I graduated as a mechanical and electrical engineer from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, receiving an Academic Excellence recognition. Before coming to MIT to continue pursuing my passion for science and technology, I worked as a product engineer at an auto parts manufacturer and, at the same time, taught an undergraduate engineering course at my former university. My master's thesis research on electrochemical actuators for helicopter blades contributed to the development of a new technology that has been patented and is on the path to commercialization.
Currently, I am in the final year of my Ph.D. in systems science, with a dissertation in real-time scheduling of manufacturing systems. This work has exposed me to a great deal of techniques in operations research, mathematical modeling, and systems design. I have become aware of the impact that these techniques can have on organizations and societies, when implemented with the appropriate technologies. Motivated by this, my goal consists of developing solutions that can deliver advanced decision-support tools to a large number of organizations in Mexico and Latin America.
I intend to develop execution systems (hardware and software) that will help small businesses become more competitive by improving their productivity and reducing their operating costs. In addition, I have recently started a project with a partner consisting on a technology that will allow citizens to generate real-time reports and alerts about their city using mobile devices. This project has been selected to participate in the program GeneraMX 2010, which supports startups that have the greatest potential for improving the quality of life in Mexico City. When I am not busy writing my thesis or planning my entrepreneurship endeavors, I enjoy reading, playing the piano, and attempting to sing a few high notes without straining.