Santiago Núñez-Corrales is a founding member and Scientific Director for the Foundation for Renewable Energy (FUPER) in Costa Rica since 2012. FUPER focuses on designing interventions that intersect science, technology and economics principles to both address local origins of climate change and help mitigate its effects in replicable and humane ways. Additionally, he is currently a PhD student in Informatics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where his research focuses on understanding and modeling hierarchical, complex dynamical systems through statistical physics theory, data and computation towards generalized theories of interaction.
He served between 2013 and 2015 as Director General of Research and Technology Development at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications (MICITT) in Costa Rica, where he helped design the current national R+D strategy, divided in three main programs: national integration of the STI community and infrastructure, macroeconomic interventions through STI and prospective for a knowledge-based society and economy. He was the strategic director and editor for developing the National Plan for Science, Technology and Innovation 2015-2021. Núñez-Corrales also served as the national liaison officer and representative of Costa Rica in the Committee on Science and Technology Policy (CSTP) at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) from 2012 to 2015, being an advisor member to the Sub-committee on Inclusive Growth of the CSTP. Previously, he served as Director General of Digital Technology from 2013 to 2015 where he supervised community intelligent technology centers (CECI) as well as helped bootstrap the governmental Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT-CR) in concert with the government of South Korea.
He has served in several organizations in the past, including the Steering Committee of the Advanced Research and Technology Collaborative for the Americas (ARTCA), a joint effort between the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Institute for Computing in the Humanities, Arts and Social Science (i-Chass) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and the National Nanotechnology Laboratory (LANOTEC) at the National Center for Advanced Technology Studies (CeNAT). His experience includes being co-founder and invited research scientist in the e-Science Research Program and computer science instructor at the Costa Rica Institute of Technology (TEC), international affiliate at National University in San Diego, California and international affiliate for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC).