Gregorio Drayer Andrade, PhD

Venezuela (Fulbright S&T Alumnus 2009)

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Gregorio Drayer is a doctoral student at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Electrical and Computer Engineering; he is also pursuing a minor in Aerospace Engineering. He works with Dr. Ayanna Howard at the Human-Automation Systems Lab where he develops human-oriented multi-agent integration methodology for the automation of complex socio-technical systems. The goal of automation, which is characterized by the use of sensors and feedback, is to make human interaction with automated systems less difficult. Greg focuses on making use of sensor and other information to combine a variety of control actions, depending on the operating condition of such systems. His methodology would help operators gain situational awareness, intervene, and reach different levels of automation. He currently makes use of a small-scale aquatic habitat for experiments related to life support systems.

While at Georgia Tech, Gregorio received the Sam Nunn Award, a scholarship for participation in the Sam Nunn Security Program at Georgia Tech’s School of International Affairs. Participation in this program allows Gregorio to receive intensive training in research approaches and policy formulation methods to address national and international security issues.

Gregorio is the first Venezuelan recipient of the International Fulbright Science & Technology Award. He received both Engineer’s and Master’s degrees from Simon Bolivar University in Caracas, where he also taught undergraduate courses and received academic tenure. He has received various awards from Caltech, the School of Engineers of Venezuela, the World Future Society Venezuela, and his name appears in the 28th Marquis edition of Who’s Who in the World. Gregorio enjoys astronomy, racquetball, dancing, and running through waves at the beach. He hopes to become the first Venezuelan astronaut.

Education

PhD (2013, Aerospace Engineering) Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
MS (2007, Systems Engineering) Universidad Simón Bolivar, Venezuela
BE (2003, Electrical Engineering) Universidad Simón Bolivar, Venezuela

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