Charles Atencio has over 15 years of experience as a leader in engineering design and project management. Having gone through Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC), Charlie provides an appreciation of military leadership, ethics, knowledge of military protocol and customs, and strives to be an exemplar of the United States Navy Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. As the Chief of Staff of the Prince of Wales Fellowship at MIT, he not only is responsible for program management and operations, but also provides an invaluable vantage point as mentor / advisor for the Prince of Wales student researchers.
Charlie has worked with multiple Engineering News Record (ENR) award-winning consulting firms in the engineering design and construction of high-tech industrial and research laboratories for a diverse range of industries. While at Process Facilities (PFI) / Parsons and RDK Engineers, Charlie served as lead engineer and project manager for multi-million dollar research lab and manufacturing plant projects for Fortune 500 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. At Abood/Holloran Associates (AHA) Consulting Engineers and M+W Group, Charlie led engineering design and energy analysis efforts for the development of Tier 2 and 3 critical data centers and high performance computing (HPC) centers that are certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) “Gold” and “Platinum” compliant.
The son of immigrants from Lima, Peru, Charlie has a lifelong passion for innovations in computing technology and its ability to empower individuals in the developing world through social networking and collaboration. He is a former Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the MIT Social Media Club, a student organization that reaches out to MIT, Harvard University, and industry leaders. Charlie’s System Thinking, Technology, and Policy Blog addresses contemporary issues in technology, international affairs and government policy.