Chief Innovation Officer and CEO
Ralph Rodriguez is CEO and Founder of Delfigo Security and brings over 20 years of experience spanning management, IT, and entrepreneurship in a variety of roles. Previously, Rodriguez was the Senior VP and Research Director of the Technology Practice at Aberdeen Group (NYSE:HHS) a Boston based technology research firm. Prior to his role at Aberdeen, Rodriguez was Chief Technology Officer of Brooks Automation's Enterprise Software Division (NASDAQ:BRKS), which was acquired by Applied Materials in 2007. Previous positions include EVP and CIO of Excelon Corporation (NASDAQ:EXLN), a market leader in XML based business process management, and VP and CIO of C-bridge Internet Solutions (NASDAQ:CBIS), a MIT-based startup focused on service oriented architecture and business process management. C-bridge merged with Excelon in September 2001.
As an entrepreneur, Rodriguez has started several companies including in 2003, Invenio and New Technologies and Associates in 1993. Prior roles include Principal Strategy Consultant and Director of IT for Treacy & Company (a management-consulting firm, led by MIT Sloan's Dr. Michael E. Treacy, co-author of the best selling, The Discipline of Market Leaders ). Rodriguez was also a principle in Treacy Ventures, an early stage venture fund, leading technical due diligence as part of the investment portfolio.
Rodriguez has co-authored and contributed as a practitioner to two books on security within technology environments. Windows NT Security - Step by Step, published in 1999, it was written as a consensus document by and for security professionals world- wide who were responsible for managing Windows NT Security in their organizations and Computer Security Incident Handling - Step by Step, published in 1998, it focused on security break-ins and the roles individuals have to play to create an action plan for dealing with the intrusions, cyber-theft, and other security-related events. Both were published by the SANS Institute (www.sans.org). From 2001-2007 he contributed to two books; Using Technology for Law Firm Practice Management and Hanging Your Shingle, both published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. in Boston where he served on the faculty, focused on legal technology and electronic practice management. His MIT research paper titled "An investigation relating a sub-Field of artificial intelligence (AI) with event driven security architecture and ideas from The Emotion Machine" led to his founding Delfigo in July 2008 and filing a utility patent with the US PTO in August 2008 (US Serial No. 12/224,057).
Rodriguez is currently a Fellow at Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Rodriguez has worked on security and advanced biometrics based on artificial intelligence (AI) at the MIT Media Lab. He is a graduate of the management program GPMD-MBA at IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Barcelona, Spain. Rodriguez also completed several programs on technology management and research at MIT's Sloan School of Management and The Center for Information Systems Research (CISR). He also holds a BS in Computer Science and Technology from the US Army Institute (SOCAD) and is an honors graduate of several technical, operational, and communications schools in the United States Army, where he was a member of the XVIII Airborne Corps. In 1987 Rodriguez was selected as the US Army's elite 10th Mountain Light Fighter Soldier of the Year and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his achievement. He is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War.
As an inventor Rodriguez has United States patents 8407774, 20040254988, 20100036783, 20120304269, 20130167216, 20130232562 and 61/829,354. Rodriguez sits on the Board of Directors at the Academy of Applied Science and Technologies and Associates, Inc., and was inducted in 2005 as a Member National (MN) in the Explorer's Club in New York City.