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AI Segment Manager, Ph.D. – Academia & ISV Partnerships, Data Center Group, Lenovo USA

Jaime Puente is the artificial intelligence (AI) segment manager at Lenovo, responsible for developing and managing research collaborations with universities and business partnerships with AI ISVs worldwide, bridging research and industry. Prior to joining Lenovo, Jaime spent 14 years as director of academic outreach at Microsoft Research working on strategic research initiatives in Latin America and the U.S. Before Microsoft, Jaime worked for Commerce One, a pioneering e-commerce company and before that, he was a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL) in Ecuador.
Jaime was a Fulbright Scholar for his early engagement with academia. His academic background includes an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University, an MBA and an Electronics Engineering degree both from ESPOL and an Educational Specialist post-master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Florida, United States. Jaime holds a Ph.D. in Computing Technology in Education from NSU. His main research interests concern the use of artificial intelligence in academia and industry, statistical data analysis, and high performance computing.

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