## Plenary Speakers

Dr. Jorge X. Velasco-Hernandez is a researcher (Investigador Titular C) at Instituto de Matematicas UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico). He has a BSc in Biology, a PhD in Mathematics (Claremont Graduate School) and posdoctoral training at Cornell University. He has worked for all of his career in biomathematics, mainly in Epidemiology and Ecology but also has ample experience in Industrial Mathematics particularly in oil reservoir exploration and exploitation. He was the Program Director of the Applied Mathematics and Computation Program of the Mexican Petroleum Institute for a decade. This Program was the pioneer Program of Applied Mathematics in Mexico dedicated to industrial applications and funded exclusively through industrial sponsorship of R&D projects. After retiring from the Mexican Petroleum Institute in 2013 he joined the Institute of Mathematics at UNAM in Querétaro, Mexico, with the charge of forming a research group in applied mathematics. This he has accomplished through the establishment of the Multidisciplinary Node in Applied Mathematics and Biomathematics, a research group centered in the applications of mathematics to problems in the biological sciences, energy, climate and the environment. He is member of the Mexican Mathematical Society, American Mathematical Society, Society for Mathematical Biology and Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics where he is a Fellow since 2014. In 2017 he acted as Chair of the Board of Advisors of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, USA. He is the most cited Mexican author in Mathematical Biology residing in Mexico and has graduated several PhD students from several universities in Mexico both in Biomathematics and Petroleum Exploitation. He is past President of the Mexican Mathematical Society and currently is member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and National Researcher level III of the National Research System of Mexico.