Connection and Belonging during Hispanic Heritage Month

IEEE Computer Society Team
Published 09/15/2023
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hispanic heritage month 2023Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated from 15 September to 15 October, is a time to recognize and honor the rich contributions of Hispanic and Latino communities in various fields, including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). We are proud to highlight the achievements, experiences, and invaluable insights of these communities in computing.

To highlight voices and experiences, we will continue our Excellence in STEM interviews featuring computing professionals from across the Americas.

The Diversity and Inclusion Task Force at IEEE Computer Society believes that diversity enhances innovation, and this initiative aims to shed light on the remarkable journeys and advice shared. Be sure to bookmark this page, as we will update it with new interviews every Tuesday during Hispanic Heritage Month.


Supporting Diversity and Inclusion

The IEEE Computer Society is committed to investing in communities and efforts that advance computer science and engineering. We invite you to learn more about our initiatives by visiting our Diversity & Inclusion home, where you can also make a donation to support these important programs. Additionally, if you have unique experiences or insights to share, please reach out to us at


Excellence in STEM Interviews

  • Dr. Gabriel Moreno, Principal Researcher and lead of the Formal Verification of Cyber-Physical Systems Initiatives at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute
  • Fernando Bouche, IT manager at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute


Past Excellence in STEM Interviews

  • Dr. Grace Lewis – Principal Researcher at the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI).
  • Sebastian Echeverria – Senior Software Engineer at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Juan Machado – IT Associate Director of Infrastructure and Security at the University of Georgia.
  • Brianna Posadas – Assistant Professor in the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Virginia Tech.
  • Nery Antonio Chapetón-Lamas – Instructional faculty in Computer Science at MiraCosta Community College.
  • Dr. Patricia Ordóñez Franco – Associate Professor, Department of Information Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
  • Dr. Dan Garcia – Teaching Professor in EECS at UC Berkeley.
  • Dr. Nelly Bencomo – Associate Professor at Durham University.
  • Dr. Manuel A. Pérez Quiñones – Professor of Software and Information Systems at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and an NSF Expert for the CISE division.