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Advisors listen to Tec's fruits

One of the Tecnológico de Monterrey's main contributions to society is its alumni. At the 2015 Advisors' Meeting: ‘Leaders of the future, inspiring professors', a new window opened called TEC Talks, in which 13 leading alumni shared their life stories and their insights for those following in their wake.
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With TEC Talks, the Tecnológico de Monterrey advisors and friends attending the 2015 Advisors' Meeting: "Leaders of the future, inspiring professors" had the opportunity to learn the stories of 13 of the "Tec's fruits".


Feb 23, 2015

With TEC Talks, the Tecnológico de Monterrey advisors and friends attending the 2015 Advisors' Meeting: "Leaders of the future, inspiring professors" had the opportunity to learn the stories of 13 of the "Tec's fruits".

Guillermo Ulises Ruiz Esparza-Herrera (Bioscience, Class of 2011), honored with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Review in Mexico Innovators Under 35 Award and researcher at Houston's Methodist Hospital, said that soon humans will have a life expectancy of 150 years, but that to so do will carry ethical implications.

Héctor Guerra-Fausti (Food Engineering, '97), President of the Evans Group in Chicago, Illinois, said that life taught him to do different things, from having a meal stand to entertaining people with a clown act, but that led him to him having success today.

Daniela Rubio de los Santos (International Relations, '06), co-founder of the Teach for Mexico program, stated that her program's aim is to improve the quality of education in the country.

Adolfo Franco-Hernández (Communications, '03), co-founder and general manager of "Causas.org", a social engagement network in Mexico, and partner of KENIL FILMS in addition to producing feature films such as "Cantinflas", said that the most important thing is to not remain in the past, but strive for innovation.

Kirén Miret (Communications, '02) Currently co-owner of Cromática Digital, a content, video, audio, animation, and graphic design production company, and producer of Carmen Aristegui's newscast on Noticias MVS, shared that what has worked for her is never taking NO as an answer and pursuing dreams to fruition.

Carlos Álvarez-Aguilar (Biochemical Engineering, '76), President and CEO of The Gambrinus Co., the number one craft beer in Texas and fourth in the U.S., said: "Professors' motivating force, their interest, and an entrepreneurial spirit led me to do great business."

Javier Lozano (Physics, '03), honored with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Review in Mexico Innovators Under 35 Award in 2012 thanks to his Holistic Diabetic Treatment for Underprivileged Communities, said that social businesses are a key tool for transformation.

Ricardo Marmolejo-García (Architecture, '99), said "in the visual effects field, a degree doesn't make you a name, it's your work that can set you apart. What's needed is an openness to accept talented people in this extremely new industry."

Paul Backhoff and Joseph Backhoff. (Biochemical Engineering, '71; Food Engineering '02). The former is a wine expert and founder of Monte Xanic, the latter is currently CEO of Monte Xanic. They recalled that when Monte Xanic was born, "wine making was in its infancy in Mexico... there was a lot of hit and miss until thanks to technology and great effort we reached where we are today."

Adriana Castro-Careaga (Marketing, '96), a decade ago founded the ALE Association upon the death of her second son in a routine tonsillectomy. Its aim is to foster a culture of organ and tissue donation so that more people can live on by being donors.

Rodolfo Riva-Palacio (Communication, '93) has made over 70 videos, is a screenwriter and has directed several award-winning short films. The co-creator and creative director of the Huevocartoon concept gave a nod to his Tecnológico de Monterrey professors: "Many professors had a positive impact on me at the Tec. One in particular, Ezequiel Nieto, PhD., pushed me to follow my heart, to quit engineering and follow my passion and true vocation."

Jorge Soto (Electronic Systems Engineering, '09), co-founder and director of technology and products at Miroculus, a company that uses microRNA in the bloodstream to detect several types of disease through a single, safe, affordable, and non-invasive test.



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