This afternoon, Microsoft in partnership with The Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Metropolitan Campus (Inter-Metro) will announce that they are officially co-launching the Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) of Puerto Rico.

This will be the first MIC in the region. A two stores building has been abilitated within the Inter-Metro campus for this project. As member of the MIC steering committee, I have been invited to the presentation by President, Manuel J. Fernos.

They have also provided me with office and lab space in the MIC building to put together the Internet Business Development Center (IBDC). The objectives of the MIC is the development and commercialization of ecommerce-related software tools. Emphasis will be given to egovernment and ebusiness solutions.

It looks like I will split my schedules between being the IBDC principal investigator, MIC meetings, doing research at Inter-Metro, teaching at PUPR, and writing IRWs. These are exciting news. Let see how things go, especially with the other great news  that PUPR’s ECE&CS department has been accredited by NSA as a CAE.