Walter Gutierrez Rodriguez
Walter Gutierrez Rodriguez received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1986 from Technological University of Havana, Cuba. He earned his master’s degree (2016) in data science and his doctorate (2017) in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech University. He also earned certificates in wind energy in both the technical and mechanical tracks at Texas Tech. He came to Purdue in 2018 as a visiting scholar and in 2019 became a postdoctoral researcher investigating the relations between energy use, natural resources and social inequality. He has a diverse and extensive work history in a variety of fields, including renewable energies, fossil energies, nuclear energy, information technologies, Big Data and statistical analysis. He taught information technology courses to more than 1,000 students as a Microsoft Certified Trainer. His Purdue research focuses on harnessing renewable energies to help solve pressing problems, ranging from border tensions in the United States to poverty in Latin American countries, to the present COVID-19 pandemic. He is a member of the American Physical Society (APS), Golden Key International Honor Society and the College of Engineers of Peru (CIP). He believes a teacher’s role is to serve as both instructor and mentor, and the more a teacher sparks challenging exchanges, the better the outcome.
Mechanical engineering, data science, atmospheric science