Lavontay Santos
MIW Conference Chairperson

Learning is never complete and that is the attitude that takes me through life. I am passionate about the power of mentorship because of the impact it had in my life and because of the impact I know it can have in the lives of others. There is no way I would be where I am today without having amazing mentors who kept me on a path to succeed. It is not necessary to have a mentor in order to be successful in life but it makes the journey more enjoyable. 


Make a difference, Seek Knowledge, Pass the Torch, Leave a Legacy.

Robert Holder
Grants & Sponsorship Coordinator

Research and software development in the application of artificial intelligence, cloud technology, and web technology solutions. Experience includes complex resource allocation problems, planning problems, biological experimental data collection & analysis, space data resource access, and natural language systems. Previous work includes resource identification & selection for collaborations spanning physical and virtual worlds.

PhD research investigated methods to enable AI planners to quickly adjust to changes in local environments.

Jerome McDonald
MIW Podcast Team

Jerome McDonald is an experienced electrical engineer with a focus in optical communication technology, skilled in optical communication systems design, optical modeling, link budget analysis, and characterizing optical systems. Previous system engineering expertise encompasses deriving requirements, integration, requirements analysis, and developing test cases.

Jerome is also founder and host of The Junction, a podcast available on iHeartRadio and Apple Podcast, and co-owner of the DJ business Event Makers Entertainment (EME), which provides high-quality sound to the DMV area.
Sir Walter Richardson
MIW Podcast Team

Experienced Hardware Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in heavy industry and aerospace industry. Skilled in Embedded Systems, Robotics, Control Systems Design, Plant Automation, and Systems Integration and Analysis. Strong engineering professional with a Master of Science (M.S.) focused in Electrical Engineering from The University of Memphis.