Residency: May 17–28, 2010
Public Talk: May 27, 2010 on "The Gordian Knots in the Telecommunications and IT Sectors in Mexico"
Alejandro Pisanty spoke on the gordian knots in the telecommunications and IT sectors in Mexico at a public lecture. He also had the opportunity to meet with leaders from the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, San Diego Supercomputer Center and Qualcomm Inc. During his stay he guest lectured in classes and meet with students, and leaders as from the San Diego-Mexican community.
Alejandro Pisanty is a recognized leader in issues related to distance education and e-learning, IT policy and the Information Society in Mexico. He teaches at the School of Chemistry of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), where he has also led the Graduate School of Chemistry, the Academic Computing Services and the Open and Distance Education. He served as chair of the Internet Society of Mexico, vice chair of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and as a trustee on the board of the Internet Society. In 2009, he led the #InternetNecesario campaign, which used social media to encourage an adjustment in tax laws related to the Internet in Mexico. He has been a member of the Working Group on Internet Governance, participant in the World Summit on the Information Society and member of the Internet Governance Forum Advisory Group. He earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry from UNAM and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Research on the Solid State in Stuttgart, Germany.