|Born||Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico|
|Doctoral advisor||Ian Munro and Paul Larson |
|Known for||Databases Systems|
He has served at the U.S. President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 2003 to 2005. PITAC advises the president on policies and investments that the federal government should pursue to enhance and maintain the preeminence of the U.S. in information technology.
Education and career 
Celis graduated in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Studies (ITESM) and received both a master's degree in Mathematics (1982) and a doctorate in Computer Science (1986) from the University of Waterloo.
He worked as an Assistant Professor at the Computer Science Department of Indiana University. He later worked as a software designer at Britton Lee, Inc.. He worked at Tandem Computers from 1989 to 1998 where he became Technical Director of the NonStop SQL team.
At Microsoft since 1998, Celis held several positions in the SQL Server group, including leading the WinFS team at its creation and CTO for SQL Server. He joined the Bing organization in 2009 and is considered a senior technical leader in the company.
Other activities 
He is the founder of the Washington State chapter of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly and served as its first chairman from 2001 to 2005. From 2005 to 2007 he served as National Chairman of the RNHA.
- Microsoft PressPass page on Pedro Celis
- Commercial racial profiling: Mexican truckers singled out, Seattle Times, Aug. 27, 2004
- Es Mexicano la base de SQL en Microsoft, El Norte, Sept. 13, 2004 (in Spanish)
- El gurú cibernético de Bush, El Universal, Apr. 29, 2005 (in Spanish)
- Social Security: A Tale of Two Problems, Washington Policy Center, 2005
- "Theoretical Computer Science Genealogy".
- "President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee - Archive". Retrieved 2009-10-10.
- "President George W. Bush Appoints Microsoft Representative to President's Information and Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC)". Microsoft Press Release. May 13, 2003.
- "Hispanic Business 100 Influentials 2009: Full List and Profiles". Hispanic Business Magazine. October 2009.
- "2009 Congressional Record - Extension of Remarks". U.S. Congress. October 22, 2009. p. E2618.
- "43 of Microsoft biggest thinkers try to replicate Bill Gates’ brain". Puget Sound Business Journal. July 14, 2009.
- "HITEC Top Hispanics Executives in Information Technology 2009".
- "HITEC Most Influential Hispanics in Information Technology 2010".
- Dietrich, Heidi (Aug. 5, 2005). "Execs back Latino Bank". Puget Sound Business Journal.
- "Plaza Bank (PZBW) Board of Directors".
- Scott, Alwyn (May 22, 2006). "As their Numbers grow here, Hispanics become big business". Seattle Times.
- "Stronger Families Board Members".
- "Washington News Council Members".
- "Why People Climb Mount Rainier". Bellevue Reporter. Aug 31, 2009.
- Davila, Florangela (Sept. 6, 2004). "Race is on for the Latino Vote". Seattle Times.
- "Mitt Romney Announces Washington Statewide Steering Committee Co-Chair".