Jose transitioned into the President role from serving on the organization advisory committee for two years. Jose has been a dedicated supporter of the organization, witnessing its rise from inception to fiscally sponsored e-organization. He now oversees daily operations, ensuring that the structure, strategies, and programs of EOTO World are well supported to fulfill the mission. A native of Portoviejo, Ecuador, Jose is bilingual in both Spanish and English. He is a scientist and distinguished scholar of the CSTEP, and LSAMP programs. In 2009, while still a budding scientist, Jose co-authored research that successfully developed a method to use copolymer-protein hybrids. The hybrid structure could be used as a medium to deliver drugs or dyes into the body as a way to treat ailments such as cancer cells, or, illuminate areas of the body when image scans are taken. Several years later, in 2014, Jose published as lead author on a study that was successful in creating novel, biodegradable plasticizers using Curcuma (commonly known as curcumin, the spice) as its main ingredient.
In addition to his scientific pursuits, Jose spent years educating the next generations of scientists as a secondary school chemistry teacher, and mentored interested science program students. He has been a program coordinator for STEP and CSTEP programs, and is also an alumnus of the Teach for America Corp. In 2020, Jose opened a medical supply store in New York City, where he continues to advise the operations of the family-owned business.
A four-time award recipient for his excellence in leadership, chemistry, bio-chemistry and environmental science at the College of Staten Island at the City University of New York, Jose has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Master of Science in Environmental Science. He also holds a Master of Science in Science Education from Fordham University. Jose resides in the United States, where he currently works as an adjunct lecturer at the City University of New York teaching interdisciplinary courses of chemistry and renewable energy. Jose is also a lecturer in the CSTEP program at his alma mater, Fordham University.
Specialties: Secondary Education, Higher Education, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Science, Program Development, Scientific Research