P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


David Hernandez, 1999

Product Owner - Enterprise Mobile Computing, Zebra Technologies

David Hernandez is the child of immigrants from El Salvador and Cuba

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Electrical Engineering at New York University (NYU)

David Hernandez founded his own company in 2008 - LUMI Industries in New York.

David was born in the Bronx, to parents of Cuban and El Salvadoran backgrounds.

David graduated from Polytechnic University in New York as valedictorian, receiving both a bachelor's degree in computer engineering and a master's degree in electrical engineering, followed two years later by a Ph.D. in electrical engineering.

David has two patents as well as two publications resulting from his doctoral research in the field of wireless communications. As an engineer in the department of research and development at Symbol Technologies, Inc., he submitted five additional patents in the communications field, was responsible for all research prototype demonstrations given to visiting executives from other corporations, and served as Symbol's representative to a multi-corporation group, formed after 9/11, serving to develop more effective technology to battle skyscraper blazes.

David furthermore served three years as an adjunct professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at Polytechnic University. He then joined the Technology Development Group at Northrop Grumman Corporation, where he was head of Space Sciences and Operations. David was also honored with an IEEE award from the Long Island chapter as outstanding young engineer, for his contributions to Homeland Security communications. David formerly worked as Director of Strategic Technology at Telephonics Corporation in Farmingdale, NY and as Director of Advanced Systems Engineering at Tactronics Corporation.

David launched his own company, LUMI Industries, Inc., involved in both consulting and product development, LUMI is working in the areas of industrial green energy (energy saving and monitoring devices) and advanced display technology. He has also been instructing students in the areas of project management and entrepreneurship at State University of New York, Stony Brook.

David and his wife live on Long Island, in NY with their daughter.

  • PhD Electrical Engineering | New York University (NYU) 2001
  • BA Computer Engineering | New York University (NYU) 1999
  • MS Electrical Engineering | New York University (NYU) 1999
  • Liberal Arts | Long Island University 1996
Work History
  • Zebra Technologies, Product Owner - Enterprise Mobile Computing | April 2016 - PRESENT
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