Alexa Seleno
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5 Hispanic Tech Heroes to Watch

Before Hispanic Heritage Month ends on October 15th, we wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate the men and women that have influenced the tech field. The following people can be found ushering in the future with their work in the technology industry.

Evelyn Miralles; University of Houston

From Caracas, Venezuela, Evelyn Miralles is inspiring space exploration through virtual reality. Miralles has lived in the U.S. for the past 30 years, and in that time, she has received several awards for her innovative work. She previously led the team at NASA’s Virtual Reality Laboratory at Johnson Space Center, and her Dynamic Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics can be found in space operation simulations.

Álvaro Celis; Microsoft

After studying Computer Science in Venezuela, Álvaro Celis used his passion for technology to land a job at Microsoft. Over the last 28 years, Celis has risen to the role of Vice President of Device and Channel Sales. He also works hard to create opportunities in the technology industry for other Latinos through the HOLA initiative.

Lilian Rincón; Google

Another native Venezuelan, Lilian Rincón dove into the beauty of mathematics after immigrating to Canada as a child. Her education and work history has always been technology-focused, and she has worked in the field of artificial intelligence as the leader of a group that creates new functions for Google including Google Assistant.

Diana Trujillo; NASA

As a child growing up in Colombia, Diana Trujillo dreamed of working at NASA. She would eventually become the first Hispanic immigrant woman accepted to the NASA Academy. Since then, she has worked for the Goddard Space Flight Center and is currently part of the Mars 2020 mission.

Víctor Delgado; Samsung

A marketing and communications expert, Víctor Delgado works to establish Global Strategic Alliances for Samsung where he was responsible for announcing the new Galaxy Z Fold 2. Samsung isn’t Delgado’s first role in the tech world. He previously held roles at both Sprint and Verison Wireless

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