Gladynel Saavedra Pena

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Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
PhD Student
1st Year

HOMETOWN: San Sebastian, Puerto Rico

UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION: University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

WHAT SPARKED YOUR INTEREST IN YOUR CURRENT FIELD/WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT IT? 

I have always felt drive and passion for contributing to the well-being of humanity. Through Electrical Engineering (EE) I am able to do so by participating in the advancement of clinical applications that aid those in need. I love how this specific application of EE can impact others who are not directly in my field of study and I thoroughly enjoy the process of personal growth that comes along with each challenge.

PERSONAL RESEARCH SUMMARY:

I spent the Summer of 2012 at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD) working on a speech recognition application for an Epidermal Electronic System (EES). An EES is a combination of electrical components configured together into stretchable membranes that laminate onto the surface of the skin. From January 2013 to December 2015, I conducted independent research at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez (UPRM) developing a paradigm in which Low Intensity Focused Pulsed Ultrasound (LIFPUS) was applied to the beating heart of a Bufo Marinus in the hopes of creating a disturbance or change in its cardiac rhythm. During the Fall of 2013 and the Summer of 2014, I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) on the design and implementation of a system that could quantify the amount of crosstalk occurring in neural prosthetic devices that were designed, developed, and characterized at LLNL. Lastly, during the Spring of 2015 I worked at UPRM on the design and implementation of an Eye-Blink Detection System for patients with motor deficiencies. This system would be the interface between the patient and a computer, in which the patient’s eye-blink would result in a click on the computer screen.

PERSONAL INTERESTS: During my free time, I enjoy singing, playing my guitar, and dancing (preferably to Latin music). I also like to read novels and hit the gym!