Scholar of the Week

Triana Carmenate      
Florida International University

Triana Carmenate is an incoming computer science masters student at Florida International University (FIU) this fall 2014. Last Spring, she completed her undergraduate degree in Information Technology - Software Development from the same university. Triana is a recipient of the $1,000 2014 HENAAC/McAfee scholarship.

Triana is described by her professor as having great potential for interdisciplinary research. More specifically, she is described as independent, diligent and curious, three features characteristic of a future research scientist. She completed a research internship at the Wireless Health Institute, at the University of California at Los Angeles, under the direction of Dr. Greg Pottie, Professor of Electrical Engineering. She is currently involved in a research robotics lab at FIU. She has contributed to testing different sensors (compasses, gyroscopes, distance sensors) and analysis. micro-controllers, communication devices, and modified-scaled models of construction machinery to create a proof of concept for algorithms. Her significant contributions to the project titled "Predictive Assessment and Proactive Monitoring of Struck-By Safety Hazards in Construction Sites: An Information Space Approach", named her a a co-author to the accepted paper in ICCCBE (International conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering). She is also on target to be a co-author on two subsequent publications.

As an undergraduate, Triana received several scholarships consecutively each year including the Chevrolet Scholarship, Hispanic College Fund Scholarship, and Florida Bright Futures Scholarship. Notwithstanding, she was on the deans lists for several semesters. Since Spring 2013, she has been a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the Computing Honor Society. It is not surprising that she was recognized with the prestigious Outstanding Graduate Award in her discipline, upon graduation.

Outside of the classroom and her research, Triana has also completed volunteer work for the School of Computing at FIU as well as volunteer work teaching robotics to a group of local elementary school students in a semester-long robotics after school club.

Her aspirations are to continue to give back to her field of study and to her community. She looks forward to continue performing research in robotics and computer science to both improve this world and to inspire young Hispanics to pursue a STEM education.

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