By Andrea Tirres


In October 2018, CAHSI announced the first cohort of the Student Scholars Leadership Program (SSLP). Through a competitive review process, this program recognizes students who have made significant contributions to their community and who have excelled academically. With the support of Google, SSLP scholars are awarded a monetary prize and join a national alliance as student leaders who work to broaden participation of Hispanics in computing fields. The first cohort of SSLP awardees include:

Lianne Sanchez Rodriguez

  • University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez (UPRM)
  • Degree seeking: BS, Computer Engineering in Embedded Systems

Actively engaged in research, Lianne has worked on signal sensing research; designing, implementing, and programming 3D objects for an education game project; and helped develop manuals for middle school students to assist their learning of basic concepts in electrical or computer engineering. She has participated and held leadership positions in several clubs and organizations including the Control Systems Society, UPRM CAHSI Club, and Eta Kappa Nu. Lianne is interested in creating a Computer and Electrical Engineering camp for Puerto Rican or Hispanic girls.

Elena Davidson

  • New Mexico State University (NMSU)
  • Degree seeking: BS, Computer Science

Elena works as an undergraduate research assistant with both NMSU and with Young Women in Computing (YWiC). The latter has afforded her the opportunity to develop and teach curriculum for YWiC’s summer camps and workshops. She is also involved with the NMSU Presidential Ambassadors Program and the Conroy Scholars community. Elena has skills in ten programming languages and has completed internships at Qualcomm and with Google’s Engineering Practicum. She aims to increase the visibility of Hispanics who are pursuing degrees or who have careers in the tech industry.

Angel Ortega

  • University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
  • Degree seeking: MS, Computer Science *transitioning to PhD program

Angel currently serves as the CAHSI Student Coordinator for the Google TechExchange Program and as a Research Assistant and Team Leader for the Sol y Agua Project. This game project aims to empower students and educators through immersive technologies with a theme of water sustainability. Angel has been involved in numerous student clubs including the UTEP SACNAS chapter, Google IgniteCS, and ACM. In May 2018, he was recognized at the UTEP Outstanding Graduate Student at Honors Convocation. Angel has become a mentor to four students and is interested in growing his mentee network.

Sujeily Fonseca Gonzalez

  • University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez (UPRM)
  • Degree seeking: BS in Computer Engineering with a Minor in Practice and Professional Ethics

Sujeily has been engaged in five research projects during her undergraduate career and is active in K-12 outreach activities both in the areas of STEM and with her church. Most recently, she worked at Michigan University on low cost radar systems to remotely measure respiration and heart rate. As the vice president of the UPRM CAHSI Club, she is working to develop community service initiatives and workshops with the goal of increasing the number of Hispanics in Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering.