Template:Infobox scientist Pedro Celis (b. in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México) is a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft Corporation.

He has served at the U.S. President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 2003 to 2005[1][2]. PITAC advises the president on policies and investments that the federal government should pursue to enhance and maintain the preeminence of the U.S. in information technology.

In 2009 the Hispanic Business Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States[3][4].

Education and career

Celis graduated in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Studies (ITESM) and received both a master's degree in Mathematics (1982) and a doctorate in Computer Science (1986) from the University of Waterloo.

He worked as an Assistant Professor at the Computer Science Department of Indiana University. He later worked as a software designer at Britton Lee, Inc.. He worked at Tandem Computers from 1989 to 1998 where he became Technical Director of the NonStop SQL team.

At Microsoft since 1998, Celis held several positions in the SQL Server group, including leading the WinFS team at its creation and CTO for SQL Server. He joined the Bing organization in 2009 and is considered a senior technical leader in the company[5].

The Hispanic IT Executive Council named Celis as one of the most influential Hispanics in the IT industry in 2009[6] and 2010[7].

Other activities

Celis is an organizer, founder[8] and member of the board of directors[9] of Plaza Bank, a Latino business focused bank that opened in 2006[10] in Seattle, Washington.

He is a board member of Stronger Families[11] and the Washington News Council[12]. He has climbed Mt. Rainier to benefit the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Climb to Fight Breast Cancer[13].

He is the founder[14] of the Washington State chapter of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly and served as its first chairman from 2001 to 2005. From 2005 to 2007 he served as National Chairman of the RNHA.

In the 2008 presidential primary campaign, Celis served as Co-Chair of the Mitt Romney for President Washington Steering Committee[15].

External links


  1. "President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee - Archive". Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  2. "President George W. Bush Appoints Microsoft Representative to President's Information and Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC)". Microsoft Press Release. May 13, 2003. 
  3. "Hispanic Business 100 Influentials 2009: Full List and Profiles". Hispanic Business Magazine. October 2009. 
  4. "2009 Congressional Record - Extension of Remarks". U.S. Congress. October 22, 2009. p. E2618. 
  5. "43 of Microsoft biggest thinkers try to replicate Bill Gates’ brain". Puget Sound Business Journal. July 14, 2009. 
  6. "HITEC Top Hispanics Executives in Information Technology 2009". 
  7. "HITEC Most Influential Hispanics in Information Technology 2010". 
  8. "Execs back Latino Bank". Puget Sound Business Journal. Aug. 5, 2005. 
  9. "Plaza Bank (PZBW) Board of Directors". 
  10. "As their Numbers grow here, Hispanics become big business". Seattle Times. May 22, 2006. 
  11. "”Stronger Families Board Members”". 
  12. "”Washington News Council Members". 
  13. "Why People Climb Mount Rainier". Bellevue Reporter. Aug 31, 2009. 
  14. "Race is on for the Latino Vote". Seattle Times. Sept. 6, 2004. 
  15. "Mitt Romney Announces Washington Statewide Steering Committee Co-Chair". 

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