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Keynote Speaker Biography: Warren “Woody” Hoburg
Warren “Woody” Hoburg was selected by NASA to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. He reported for duty in August 2017 and having completed the initial astronaut candidate training is now eligible for a mission assignment. The Pennsylvania native earned a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He was leading a research group at MIT at the time of his selection. He is a commercial pilot and has extensive wilderness search and rescue experience.
Hoburg was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His parents, Jim and Peggy Hoburg, live in Moultonborough, New Hampshire. He is an avid rock climber, mountaineer, and pilot. Education:
Graduated from North Allegheny High School in Wexford, Pennsylvania. Earned a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. Earned a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
At the time of his selection in June 2017, Hoburg was an assistant professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, where he taught undergraduate courses on Dynamics and Flight Vehicle Engineering. Hoburg's research focused on efficient methods for the design of engineering systems. His group produced and maintains the open-source software tool GPkit, which is a Python package for geometric programming. His group's tools were used to design a five-day endurance UAV currently under development for the US Air Force. Prior to MIT, he worked for Boeing Commercial Airplanes Product Development on software for composite manufacturing processes. From 2010-2013, he was a seasonal member of Yosemite Search and Rescue and an Operations Leader for the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit.
Hoburg reported for duty in August 2017 and completed two years of training as an Astronaut Candidate. He is currently awaiting flight assignment.
He is a two-time recipient of the AIAA Aeronautics and Astronautics Teaching Award in recognition of outstanding teaching at MIT. From 2009-2013 he was a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow. Class of 2020 AIAA Associate Fellow.
Keynote Speaker Biographies: PEG Energy
Mr. Ignacio Guajardo was born in McAllen, Texas, on April 1991. Ignacio was raised for most of his early life in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. His first job was as a floor hand employee at Taco Tote, as well as working at an import/export agency, followed by working at a Cricket Wireless store. Ignacio graduated from St. Augustine High School in 2009 and received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Texas A&M International University in 2013. During his last year in college, he opened a dietary supplement store and got married.
Ignacio began his career in the energy industry by working at Lewis Energy shortly after graduating TAMIU as a production chemist. His role in the production engineering department included overseeing product optimization, sour gas treatment, corrosion mitigation, and off-grid pump applications through solar energy and chemical supply. For a brief time, Ignacio worked on real estate projects with Álvaro Pequeño, and they eventually started a partnership.
As a result of their partnership, PEG Energy was founded in 2015 and the following year Ignacio earned his MBA from TAMIU. Currently, he is 100% dedicated to PEG Energy, he is happily married with two sons and a daughter, and remains a proud Dustdevil and Laredoan.
Mr. Álvaro Pequeño was born and raised in Laredo, Texas. He has helped several families in the Laredo community and surrounding areas to own their energy by going solar, since they opened their doors in 2015.
After graduating from Alexander High School in 2009, Álvaro furthered his education in Laredo and San Antonio, Texas. While in Laredo, he attended the School of Business at TAMIU, and completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas in San Antonio. Following his graduation, Álvaro pursued a career in real estate finance and development in San Antonio.
With his ambition and pioneering nature, Álvaro searched for a way to nurture his entrepreneurial spirit, along with his business partner Ignacio Guajardo, Co-owner of PEG Energy. Together they were introduced to the solar industry and instantly knew they wanted to become a part of the “energy revolution”. Upon moving back to Laredo, Álvaro was thrilled at the idea of giving back to the community where it all began for him. Being able to come back to his roots and sharing all that he had learned, along with making a positive change in Laredo, has been his driving motivation.