Julio C. Castro, M.S.
Hello All, my name is Julio and I am a mechanical engineer by training, I have been following news and advances in machine learning and AI for the past three years. I created this page to share those news with you, please leave your comments and ask me questions. First, a little about my education; I earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering, then I started working as a metrologist (yes, that profession actually exists, google it).
After four years in the job I decided it was time for me to earn a higher degree, I went ahead and earned a M.S. degree from the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) in Engineering Mechanics, my thesis dealt with michroelectromechanical systems (MEMS, google that too).
I decided to stay at the university teaching engineering and science courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. My first encounter with online learning happened while I was teaching one of these courses, the college encouraged us to use the new LMS (at that time Vista, later Blackboard) and I started exploring the tool, it was actually fun.
Thanks to this gig, I was able to secure a job in the online learning group that dealt with continuing education, as a LMS support technician. My previous skills as a web programmer and computer programmer helped me during this time, and my supervisors asked me if I would like to take on producing online courses, I gladly accepted.
But alas, nothing lasts forever and we moved to Miami because I had accepted a position in one of the state universities down there. We have been living here for the past three years and we love it! It is a larger city than Gainesville, but there are so many things to do here.
I am currently working on integrating Gamification and Games to my set of skills. Along the way, I have developed an interest in Learning Analytics and data mining for education. During those moments I have to relax, I enjoy spending time with my family, I especially cherish those moments when I get to play My Little Pony dolls with my five-year-old daughter. But I also love to pick up new skills and learn during those down moments, I love to keep myself busy learning about other areas of research in elearning and online learning, I am currently learning about machine learning and artificial intelligence, which are fascinating areas.