Richard A. Ruiz Reyes is the director of operations for Ambrosia Labs, the SME of the consortium. He holds a B.Sc. in Political Science from Southern Connecticut State University (USA), he attended the University of Connecticut (USA) from 2005-2008 as an undergrad in the Chemistry program but switched to the MBA program in 2008. Shortly after he decided to leave school and embark on this project by bootstrapping the initial phase. Currently finishing a B.Sc. degree in Microbiology with an interest in marine organisms, at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (DR). He brings over a decade of professional experience in Information Technology along with expertise in corporate governance, project management, and sales operations. For the past three years, he has been studying the local growing conditions of several algal species in the Dominican Republic and has participated in four marine environmental impact studies. Along with serving as the project coordinator, he is capable of aiding in the functions of qualitative analysis of metal cations, underwater specimen collection, growth media preparation, staining and coloring techniques, database management, and business development.