Alumni Spotlight: Gonzalo Mena Among Chile's 100 Young Leaders
May 25, 2022
Gonzalo Mena (GSAS’18) was recently acknowledged as one of Chile's Young Leaders for his work in artificial intelligence in the solving of complex phenomenon. The recognition by Sábado Magazine and Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez’s Business School, annually highlights Chileans up to 35 years of age who – from a variety of areas and disciplines – contribute to solving the country’s most pressing issues.
Mena gained fame in Chilean media when in May 2021 an article of his authorship (along with five other researchers) was published in Science Magazine, one of the world’s most prestigious academic journals. The research paper, entitled “Socioeconomic status determines COVID-19 incidence and related mortality in Santiago, Chile,” evidenced the substantial consequences of socioeconomic and health care disparities in a highly segregated city like the Chilean capital, providing practical methodological approaches that can be used in the characterization of the COVID-19 burden and mortality in other urban centers.