Dean's message for Professor Oscar Moreno

07/17/ 2015

To the College of Natural Sciences Community

Sadly, we communicate the passing away of Professor Oscar Moreno, one of our best-known mathematicians and outstanding mentor of many young Puerto Rican mathematicians and computer scientists.  After a long illness, Dr. Moreno passed away on Tuesday July 15, 2015.  The College of Natural Sciences wishes to express its condolences to his immediate family, friends and colleagues.

Professor Moreno started his academic career as a student of our Mathematics Department and then went on to receive a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, under Professor Elwyn Berlekamp for his work on "Some Properties of Goppa Codes.  He then joined the Faculty of Natural Sciences first as a professor of Mathematics and later on as professor of the new Computer Science Department

His internationally recognized research work involved the application of Goppa Codes to Error Correction.  He worked closely with Professor Solomon Golomb from the University of southern California.  He was successful in proving one of the Golomb Conjectures and together with his colleague Professor Carlos J. Moreno from City University of New York did pioneering work to apply Goppa Codes to Error Correction algorithms that found wide application in the processing of images from NASA satellites and radar signals.

Professor Richard Tapia from Rice University, nationally known for his effort to promote participation of Hispanics in Applied Mathematics, once said that Oscar had done an outstanding work in mentoring of a new generation of Puerto Ricans to obtaining PhDs in Mathematics.   Several members of the Department of Computer Sciences received their PhD in CISE thanks to his mentorship, or by direct supervision of their thesis.  He also was critical in the creation of the Intercampus Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) PhD program.

We will miss his dedication to the development of Mathematics and Computer Science at UPR.  It is now up to all of us to honor his memory by continuing his pioneering work.

Cordially yours,

Carlos I. González Vargas, Ph.D.