Alberto Cairo is a journalist and designer with experience leading graphics and visualization teams. He teaches courses on infographics and data visualization at the University of Miami School of Communication where he is the director of the Center for Visualization, Data Communication & Information Design at UM’s Institute for Data Science and Computing, and a Faculty Fellow at the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. He is author of 4 data visualization books How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter About Visual Information, The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication, The Functional Art: an Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization, and The Art of Insight: How Great Visualization Designers Think Cairo has also written for The New York Times and Scientific American magazine. In the past decade, Cairo has taught and consulted in nearly thirty countries. He has worked for companies including Microsoft, Google, the U.S. National Guard, and the Congressional Budget Office.
The MPS Advisory Panels are composed of diverse industry professionals who bring to the program their expertise in the field to ensure that the program leads to the kinds of competencies and outcomes that will best serve MICA students upon graduation. Advisory panelists provide guidance on curriculum updates, advise on networking opportunities for students, work with program administration to identify best practices in the field, and provide general strategic advice to the program administration. The advisory boards are facilitated by the subject matter expert for that program.