Bill Cardoso, Ph.D., IIT Armour College of Engineering alumnus and CEO and founder of Creative Electron, will be a guest of the Armour College of Engineering Distinctive Education Council on Thursday, October 2, 2014. Listen to Dr. Cardoso detail his academic and professional journey — starting with an associate electronics degree in Brazil at age 13, to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at IIT, a nine year career at Fermilab, to an M.B.A at The University of Chicago, and now as CEO and founder of Creative Electron.
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Bill Cardoso, Ph.D., is the chief executive officer and founder of Creative Electron. A native of Brazil, Cardoso came to the United States in 1998 as a “guest engineer” at the U.S. Department of Energy’s renowned Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), one of the leading research institutions for high energy and nuclear physics. In a nine-year career at Fermilab and starting with an associate electronics degree earned in Brazil at age 13, he took on significant project, personnel, and budget responsibilities while at the same time earning M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago.
After leaving Fermilab as department head for Electronic Systems Engineering, Cardoso moved to California to become the vice president of Technology at the government contracting firm he eventually acquired from the estate of the founder to create Creative Electron in 2008.
An industry thought leader, he has been recognized as IIT’s 2011 Outstanding Young Alumnus Awardee for his contributions to science and technology. He is also a Senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA), American Physics Society (APS), and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).
Cardoso is a holder of several patents in the areas of radiation detection, radiography, and quality inspection.
He is an active member of his community and is part of the technical committee of several conferences including the SMTA/CALCE Component Counterfeit Conference, SMTA International, Components for Military and Space Electronics Conference, SPIE Photonics, and the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium.
Cardoso serves in the G19 committee writing the standards for counterfeit detection for the aerospace and defense markets. He is also a reviewer of academic proposals for the Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, and National Science Foundation. He is the author of more than 120 technical publications, a contributor to two books, and is a frequent speaker at technical conferences on radiography and optical inspection worldwide.