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Fernando C. Colon Osorio, Ph.D.

Fernando Cristino Colon Osorio is a Puerto Rican engineer, inventor, educator, and entrepreneur who is currently the executive director of the Wireless Systems Security Research Laboratory (WSSRL). In 1975 he was the primary architect of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) PDP 11/60 floating point unit. The FP11E incorporated the Newton-Raphson method as a mechanism to accelerate floating point division by a factor of 6X. Later in his career at DEC he was the principal architect of the Vax 8650, the Vaxft series of Fault Tolerant computers, as well as Centaurus, an out of order execution ECL implementation of the Vax architecture. In 1982, he proposed and designed the precursor to the MicroVax, a first implementation of a system on a chip utilizing 1 micron technology. The Project named internally "System On A Chip", was the first attempt at DEC's semiconductor division to incorporate 1 million transistor on a single chip.

In 2000, Colon Osorio changed fields, and focused his research efforts on what he considered at the time to be the next biggest challenged in the computer field, that of guaranteeing the security, privacy, and availability of systems and data. As a result of this new research direction, in 2006, Colon Osorio founded the Malware Conference, which celebrated its 14th Anniversary in 2019, the eyar before the Pandemic. The Malware Conference, one of the premier research conferences in the security field, seeks to advance the knowledge as well as the state of practical applications of current research to the problem of "System Security". Of particular emphasis of the conference is the understanding of both Broad Spectrum Malware and Targeted Attacks, as they posed the predominant threat to large organizations, as well as governments today.

Dr. Colon Osorio received his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, his master's degree and doctorate degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Dr. Colon Osorio is also the co-author of the textbook Engineering Intelligent Systems, published by Digital Press in 1981, has been the founder and CEO of four- (4) startups, served as the Associated Editor of the IEEE Transactions in Computers from 1978 to 1981, is a member of multiple profit and non-profit boards, and served as member of the Council For Economic development in Puerto Rico under Rafael Hernandez Colon administration. In recent years, he has held teaching positions at both Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Brandeis University. Dr. Colon Osorio joined the QCC Foundation Board of Directors in in February of 2021.