Investigators

The investigators represent the Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI), Excelencia in Education, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Mentor-Net, New Mexico State University, the University of California Merced, and the University of Texas at El Paso.  

 
Project Management

  • Saundra Johnson Austin, President and CEO, Charis Consulting Group LLC; Project manager
  • Dr. Ann Q. Gates, Chair Computer Science, University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and Lead Computer Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI); Project lead
  • Dr. Marjorie Zatz, Vice Provost and Graduate Dean, University of California Merced (UC-M); Project co-lead

 

CAHSI Representatives

  • Dr. Ann Q. Gates, Chair Computer Science, UTEP and Lead Computer Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI); Texas pilot coordination
  • Dr. Mohsen Beheshti, Chair Computer Science, California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSU-DH); Executive Committee CAHSI; Southern California pilot coordination
  • Dr. Enrico Pontelli, Interim Dean College of Arts & Sciences, New Mexico State University (NMSU), Executive Committee CAHSI; New Mexico pilot coordination
  • Dr. Marjorie Zatz, Vice Provost and Graduate Dean, UC-M; Northern California pilot coordination

 

Community College

  • Dr. Aaron Velasco, Professor, Geology Department, UTEP; Community college lead
  • Dr. Elsa Villa, Research Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Education Research and Policy Studies College of Education, UTEP; Educational initiatives

 

Graduate Programs

  • Dr. Marjorie Zatz, Vice Provost and Graduate Dean, University of California Merced (UC-M); Graduate Student Development initiatives
  • Dr. Charles Ambler, Dean of Graduate School, University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP); Graduate programs coordination

 

Industry, Government, and Non-Profit Sectors

  • Sarita Brown, President, Excelencia in Education; organization of convening meeting and contribution of Ensuring America’s Future initiative
  • Dr. Mary Fernandez, CEO Mentor Net, a division of Great Minds in STEM; Mentoring framework and initiatives
  • Dr. Mark Matsumoto, Dean Engineering, UC-M; Non-profit sectors partnerships
  • Dr. Juan Meza, Dean Science, UC-M; National research lab partnerships
  • Dr. Danny Olivas, Director Space Initiatives, UTEP; Industry partnerships
  • Deborah Santiago, COO and Vice President for Policy, Excelencia in Education; organization of convening meeting and contribution of Ensuring America’s Future Initiative
  • Dr. Aaron Velasco, Professor, Geology Department, UTEP, SACNAS involvement and national research labs
  • Janice Zdankus, Vice President of Quality; Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Curated Pathways to Innovation model for tracking students

 

Social Science Research

  • Dr. Heather Thiry, Research Associate, Atlas Institute, University of Colorado Boulder; Social science research and evaluation
  • Dr. Elsa Villa, Research Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Education Research and Policy Studies College of Education, UTEP; Social science research
  • Dr. Marjorie Zatz, Vice Provost and Graduate Dean, University of California Merced (UC-M); Social science research