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.
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.
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 OS||to get||type this|
|Macintosh||é||Option-e followed by e|
|Macintosh||ñ||Option-n followed by n|
|Windows||é||ALT key type 0233 on the numeric key pad|
|Windows||ñ||ALT 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.
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.
I have a writeup about why Latinos use two last names.
Depending on how you ask, I am Puertorrican, Caribeño, Hispanic, Latino or American.