About me

I am Associate Professor in Computer Science at Virginia Tech. I am originally from Río Piedras, Puerto Rico but now reside in the beautiful mountains of southwest Virginia. In this website, you can find information about my work, some of my personal hobbies, and other random and useless pieces of information.

I graduated from la Academia Nuestra Señora de la Providencia in Cupey, Clase 80! Attended Ball State in Muncie, Indiana (yes, where David Letterman studied) where I completed a B.A. and an M.S. Then I enrolled in The George Washington University, Washington DC where I completed my DSc. I worked 6 years at the Naval Research Lab and did a 1 semester Visiting Professor at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. I taught 4 years at University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez and then moved to Virginia Tech in 2000.

At VT, I have been involved in several administrative duties. I am a former Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Director of the Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives. In the department, I was Associate Department Head and Director for Graduate Studies. I also have severed in numerous committes and even a Provost Task Force. I was even a founding member of the Hispanic Caucus and a former chair of that group.

How to pronounce my name

Click on the play triangle below to hear a pronunciation of my first name and my surnames. The link on the right goes to Forvo to see regional variations in pronunciation of my name.

First Name: Manuel

Surnames: Pérez-Quiñones

How to write the accents

My name has "weird characters" according to people that have never left their house. If your software doesn’t allow you to copy/paste my name from anywhere in the site, you can type the characters directly as follows:

With this OSto gettype this
MacintoshéOption-e followed by e
MacintoshñOption-n followed by n
WindowséALT key type 0233 on the numeric key pad
WindowsñALT key and type 0241 on the numeric key pad

On Windows, the character will appear when you let up the ALT key. If you don’t have a numeric keypad, then read follow the URL in the next sentence. More information on how to type accents is available at http://tlt.its.psu.edu/suggestions/international/accents/index.html.

Correct Spelling

My second surname has an S at the end, not a Z. There is a typo in my social security card and thus Virginia Tech has me as Quiñonez... but the real spelling (as shown in my birth certificate and as used by my whole family) is Quiñones.

Wait! Two last names?

I have a writeup about why Latinos use two last names.

Where are you from?

Depending on how you ask, I am Puertorrican, Caribeño, Hispanic, Latino or American.

My passions

yeah, that's us

My Family: I am married to Dr. Padilla-Falto (known by her students as Olga), and we have 2 wonderful and smart kids. I also have 3 siblings, 2 nieces, and a loving mother. My dad passed away a few years ago, but we still remember him fondly.


Baseball: I enjoy watching baseball. I have visited a number of baseball parks, including: Memorial Stadium (old stadium for the Orioles), Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Philadelphia Phillies (Veterans Stadium), Boston's Fenway Park, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field, Colorado's Coors Field, Dodger Stadium, and Nationals Park. That list includes the four oldest stadiums!

Salsa: I enjoy listening to salsa music. I have seen in concert most of the leading bands including Fania All Stars, Rubén Blades, Willie Colón, Eddie Palmieri, El Gran Combo, Irakere, Roberto Roena, Cheo Feliciano, Ismael Miranda, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Tito Puente, y al gran Ismael Rivera.

look at all that hair!

Volleyball: Once upon a time, when I had 2 good knees, I used to play a lot of volleyball. I started when I was in 8th grade and played through college. In high school I was the captain of the varsity. At Ball State I played in the reserve team one year. Yeah, I know what you are thinking, "aren't you too short to play volleyball?" Yes, yes I am. I also refereed games in Puerto Rico and hold a coach training level 1 from the FIVB.