Rodrigo joined the company almost 10 years ago; though, he claims that the time has flown. After completing the Industrial Engineering degree at the UPM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid), he joined the Manufacturing team as a trainee for a new project that was starting. Since then he has been involved in different projects growing his expertise and skills

What work are you most proud of? 

I think that the level of collaboration that we have built together with the business and process experts is something to be proud of. Concerning recent tasks,  I am proud of the Cement Strength Prediction. It was an opportunity to jump into the new world of machine learning and data science as part of a great team. I have to confess that at the beginning we suffered a lot, we were a bit lost, but all the working hours were compensated with the results and mainly the proof that our product was very competitive and well accepted by the business.

What’s one professional skill you’re currently working on?

The agile methodologies are one of the top ones.

How do people at LafargeHolcim EMEA Digital Center unwind and recharge after working hard? Especially now, when we all cooped up at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

When I finish the work, I try not to think about emails and pending tasks, and like to make things that unwind my mind, like a walk or meet friends to have some beers, mainly on Thursdays. Now, all of these have been substituted with VideoBeers or VideoCoffees conferences.

If you had 25 hours a day, how would you use your extra time? And what do you do most now, when we’re all under lockdown? 

In a normal situation, and not confined at home, I like to walk around Retiro, so this could be an idea. But in this current situation,  maybe I would say, to do a bit more exercise or start The Wire, TV series that is in my “To-do list” but never find the time to start it.

Blitz Questions

Most used app? Whatsapp, but nowadays maybe also Zoom

DC or Marvel? Marvel for sure. I grow-up with Spiderman cartoon series

Coke or Pepsi? Coke

Microsoft or Apple? Apple, I confess, I am iPhone and iPad fan

What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?

I like a lot the saying: “Turning Your Hobby Into a Full-Time Job,” but not sure if my hobbies could give me a benefit that I can live on. For the moment, I make my hobbies for free. 🙂