Associate Director of Admissions
School of International and Public Affairs
Welcome to my site. I'm Andres, the Associate Director of Admissions at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). My MS is in Management of Technology from NYU Tandon School of Engineering and my professional background is primarily in Agile Project Management in custom Software Development and, more recently, managing research, outreach, and admissions projects within academia. I've had the privilege of applying these skills within academia at the NYU Center for Data Science and currently at Columbia SIPA's admissions office.
The private sector taught me how to manage complex projects, cross-functional teams, and unforgiving timelines and budgets. Academia has offered me the opportunity to apply those skills to a cause that I'm proud of.
“He who opens a school door, closes a prison."
NYU DATA SCIENCE
April 2016 - April 2019
Secured new investments of over $750K for diversity scholarships and increased career placement to 98%.
Spearheaded the creation of an industrial affiliate program to raise funds. Forged partnerships with 7 corporations including Google Deep Mind, Capital One Machine Learning, Warner Music, and Bloomberg.
Orchestrated 4 proposals for sponsored research projects between faculty and industry, raising over $400K. Served as the agile project manager, creating budgets, project plans, and tracking milestones and action items.
Leveraged faculty contacts to secure 50 industry projects leading to real-time market exposure for students.
Boosted social media follower count by 50% per quarter and strengthened all engagement metrics.
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER,
ORIEN (Formerly Vernalis)
June 2014 - April 2016
Earned a merit-based promotion to senior project manager after first year of employment.
Directed over 10 custom software development projects using scrum, agile, and waterfall methods.
Secured client satisfaction, project renewals, and increased company profit through successful leadership.
Managed a cross-functional team through the full life-cycle of the largest project ever executed at Vernalis; a custom software solution that automated calculations and to generate hedge fund tax documents for E&Y’s hedge fund clients. Successfully presented to senior executives ensuring compliance and satisfaction with deliverables.
Perfected the agile, scrum, and waterfall project management methodologies to support company growth.
ASSISTANT TO DEPUTY DIRECTOR,
NYU URBAN SCIENCE
April 2012 - May 2014
As the third employee of NYU Center for Urban Science; I created and executed many of the projects which led to growth from 3 employees to over 50 within 2 years.
Shaped social media strategy to support growth by over 30% every admissions cycle.
Deployed new CRM tool and secured 100% adoption rate by creating and presenting training to staff.
WRITER AND MARKETING ASSISTANT, AACRAO
January 2010 - December 2011
Managed our online publication. Authored over 20 articles for the Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) blog and publications.
Wrote multiple articles on our investigative efforts to expose for-profit universities that were using misleading graduation and employment statistics to recruit students.
Conceptualized the planning of an AACRAO museum which displayed historical materials from the founding of the association in 1910 and was displayed during our annual conference.
What I’ve Learned
MS TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT,
Studied technical project management at NYU full time while also working full time. Graduated from the New York University school of engineering with a Master of Science in Technology Management.
Graduated, May 2014
Majored in English and perfected my written communication abilities while also earning a minor in Political Science.
Graduated, May 2009
FORMER CLIENTS & PARTNERS
"Well done is better than well said"