Since I remember, I’m thrilled about animals. All the facts about their behavior amazed me. I’m always searching for answers about the underlaying mechanisms of behavior.
Alejandro Rodrigo – PhD student and Entrepreneur.
I’m an PhD student at the Center of Behavioral Studies and Research of the University of Guadalajara (UdG). Graduated from the Masters program in Behavioral Sciences at the same institution. I have a Bachelor degree in Veterinary Sciences from the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM-Xoc). I also worked as the coordinator of the Animal Welfare department at one of the most prestigious zoological institutions in Mexico, Africam Safari.
Simultaneously, I am the Chief Operating Officer, Sales Manager and Founding Partner of the company Walden Modular Equipment (WME), a company whose objective is the development of personalized laboratory equipment used in areas related to the study of behavior.
Education & Research
Chief Operating and Commercial Officer at Walden Modular Equipment
(Sep 2018 to present)
My activities in the company include the daily management operations to maximize the company’s efficiency at the lowest cost and establish development strategies to reach new markets.
Founding Partner of Walden Modular Equipment
(Ago 2017 – Sep 2018)
In collaboration with Dr. Laurent Avila-Chauvet and the current WME team, we started the “Armando Ciencia” project. This project had the objective of building laboratory equipment for the study of behavior through modules that were easily assembled; a lego for scientists. With this idea, we won the call to enter the 6th generation of Reto Zapopan, a government agencie that encourages the creation of innovative projects. At the end of 2018, the project evolve and we founded the company Walden Modular Equipment.
Coordinator of the Animal Welfare Department at Africam Safari
(July 2011 – April 2013)
During this time, I was in charge of coordinating the animal welfare department, specifically the environmental enrichment program. More than 45 species and around 120 individuals were included in the program. One of the main objectives of the program was to promote the development of cognitive skills through tasks related to problem-solving and the increase of typical species behaviors. Another essential activity of the department was the coordination of the volunteer program, which include more than 30 undergraduate students in veterinary science, biology, and psychology.
I was also in charge of the animal ambassador program that was part of the department of education for conservation. This program included more than 18 different species.