Omar is a PhD in Engineering student at the Rochester Institute of Technology focusing his research on data analytics and supervised statistical machine learning. He completed a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering and later an M.E. degree in Engineering Management. He has a strong interest in the application of data science, machine learning, statistical modeling and geographic information systems (GIS) to develop initiatives that mitigate our environmental impact and improve our resiliency in the face of both natural and man-made disasters. After graduating, Omar hopes to use his knowledge and skills to help organizations, nations and communities around the world in their quest to reduce their negative environmental impact and be more resilient in the face of climate change and the natural disasters associated with it. During his time off from research activities, Omar enjoys live music performances and traveling to new countries and cities to learn about their culture and history. He speaks fluent Spanish and has traveled to more than 20 different countries in America, Europe and Asia.