In his early career he was Associate Researcher and Head of the Electronics Engineering Lab at the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (I.V.I.C.), Caracas, Venezuela. He was also an Adjunct Professor in Electronics and Electrical Engineering at the 3 main universities in Caracas. He was a founding board member and executive officer of two electronic industries in Venezuela. He received CONICIT's National Engineering Award in 1979.
He received B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. A presentation based on his doctoral thesis was selected by ISSCC (International Solid-State Circuits Conference) in 2003 as one of the 10 most relevant analog circuits papers in the conference's 50-year history.