Scholar of the Week

Keishly Rosario-Fernandez      
University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

Keishly Rosario-Fernandez is a graduating senior in electrical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, specializing in communications and digital signal processing. She is a recipient of a $2,428 HENAAC Scholarship sponsored Lockheed Martin Corporation.

An active member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Society of Hispanic Engineers, and Golden Key International Honor Society, Keishly has accumulated a diverse portfolio of applied research. In her sophomore year, Keishly conducted research in Dr. Agnes Padovani’s lab, where she evaluated the potential application of silicon thin films in electronic device components and helped to characterize the integration capability and material properties of the films.

In Summer 2013, she interned with Lockheed Martin Corporation with Missiles and Fire Control helping to ensure nuclear product reliability by testing its requirements and providing a life cycle analysis and developing turnover packages as part of product’s validation process.

For the past two years, she has conducted research in Dr. Domingo Rodriguez’ lab. Her project titled Time-Frequency Analysis of GNSS signals using SIRLAB and FPGA implementations tested high frequency signals on indigenously developed software architecture, and simulated Global Navigational Satellite System (GNSS) signals to reduce interference by analyzing time delay and Doppler shift effects.

Outside of school, since 2013, Keishly has participated in the NASA Student Launch Research Competition, as a member of the UPRM Dynamic Aerospace Rocket Team. The team designed software package interoperability for the Real Time Surface Scanner (RTSS), programmed high power rocket payload guidance and command control systems, and simulated flight conditions electronic instrumentation capabilities.

Her team captain sums up Keishly’s character as a STEM role model. “Her passion towards her work, her incredible grasp and application of multidisciplinary concepts, her ability to work under pressure, her proactive attitude, her responsibility towards her work are all but few of the qualities that make Keishly stand out as an excellent team leader.”

Keishly is a Verizon Foundation Scholar, Popular Bank of Puerto Rico Scholar, Lockheed Martin Research Scholar, and a three-time recipient of the HENAAC Scholar, including a recipient of the Lockheed Martin Corporation scholarship for two consecutive years. In Fall 2010, she was recognized as a Lockheed Martin 100 Top Scholar, and in 2007 was the Judo Silver and Bronze medalist in Central American and Caribbean Games.

Keishly aspires to work in the aerospace industry where she hopes to actively contribute to the development and innovation in materials sciences and time-frequency analysis of different signals for software and hardware implementations. With her impressive academic and research portfolio, Keishly is well on her way to achieving her career goals.

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