Dr. Armando Riesco left his mark not only in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM), but also throughout Puerto Rico. He, along with a special group of professors, contributed significantly to the industry, providing a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering under a bachelor’s program at the UPRM. We remember him for his passion for excellence and his philosophy “education is teaching to think.”
His impact transcended the professional and teaching level to the personal and human level. His traces were captured by expressions of his students: “Great human being, teacher of teachers, professor of professors. An example of a human being for many.” “The best professor and a special human being. He always loved his students as colleagues and as children.” Armando professed a desire and goal that he achieved in spades: “to leave the world better than how he had found it.”
He also dreamed of integrating an Industrial Engineering Department into the Government of Puerto Rico to improve its operations and administrative management at both, central and municipal, levels. In gratitude for the great positive impact he had on teaching, on our lives, and the lives of many, a group of relatives, alumni, fellow professors, and friends established a fund that seeks to grant a minimum of three annual scholarships to industrial engineering students.
The purpose is to award an annual scholarship of $1,000 and one to two scholarships of $500 to students who have completed the courses ININ 4150 – Introduction to Operations Research Models, and ININ 4155 – Design and Analysis of Production Systems and Inventory Management. A $500 prize will also be awarded to an outstanding capstone project (ININ 4079 – Design Project), carried out in government (central or municipal) or in small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).