Mauricio de Oliveira conducts research in the area of Optimization, Dynamic Systems and Control. His work is focused on the application of convex optimization to solve problems in systems, dynamics and control. His Ph.D. (1999), M. S. (1996) and B. S. (1995) are all in Electrical Engineering from the University of Campinas, Brazil. He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego, CA, a department he joined in 2003. Prior to that he was an Assistant Professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Campinas, SP, Brazil from 2001 to 2003. From 2005 to 2006 he was the Chief Research Engineer at Dynamic Systems Research, Inc., San Diego, CA, where he led a large team on the development of an energy harvesting station keeping sea drogue. Since 2008, he has worked as a consultant to one of the worlds' largest soverign wealth funds in the area of portfolio optimization.