Executive Board

Our executive board contains 21 members, with 13 elected by the UPE community and 8 appointed Directors.

Christopher Rodriguez

Christopher Rodriguez

President

Christopher is currently a senior majoring in Computer Science. He’s a recipient of the 2018 UPE Academic Achievement award, former director and founder of ShellHacks, and specializes in Web technologies.

Adrian Perez

Adrian Perez

Executive Vice President
Discover, Director

Adrian is currently a junior majoring in Computer Science. Outside of CS, he enjoys dance, painting, and playing DnD. Within CS, he focuses on artificial intelligence. He currently works at the Applied Research Center (ARC) for deep learning research for cybersecurity and he is also an incoming intern at Microsoft for their IoT Analytics division.

Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor

Vice President of Communication

Matt is currently a senior majoring in Computer Science. He currently works as an IT Technician at FIU’s Engineering Campus and enjoys drumming, gaming, and music.

Katherine Yi

Katherine Yi

Vice President of Membership

Katherine is currently a Junior studying Internet of Things (IoT). She loves drawing, playing video games and watching anime.

Carlos Neira

Carlos Neira

Vice President of Finance

Carlos is currently a senior studying International Business and Computer Science. He specialized in project management, mobile development and multinational corporations.

William Ellias

William Ellias

Vice President of Logistics

William is currently a senior, majoring in Computer Science, minoring in Japanese Language, and part of the FIU Honors College.

Shanna Sit

Shanna Sit

Vice President of Marketing

Shanna is currently a junior majoring in Computer Science. She specializes in front-end development and graphic design.

Nazmul Huq

Nazmul Huq

Public Relations

Naz is currently a junior majoring in Computer Science. He is doing research on systems virtualization and distributed systems in the ELVES lab at FIU. He enjoys food (eating mostly,cooking) and trying new/exotic flavors.

Kayling Wong

Kayling Wong

Director of Social & Digital Media

Kay is currently a Junior majoring in computer science. She enjoys Drawing, Dancing, Designing and playing Video Games. She’s also currently working at the FIU Icave Lab.

Jehf K Denezaire

Jehf K Denezaire

Webmaster

Jehf is currently a Senior majoring in Computer Science. He is mostly experienced in web technologies and User Interface and Experience Design (UI/UX). He enjoys the outdoors and attending hackathons across the States.

Oscar Barbosa

Oscar Barbosa

Makerspace Manager

Oscar is a junior majoring in computer science. He is currently a Google Student Innovator, loves playing Jazz Piano, and enjoys Reading and plane spotting.

Austin Kiesel

Austin Kiesel

CSO Representative

Austin is currently a junior majoring in Information Technology. He loves sports and outdoor activities. Some of his hobbies are working out, fishing, and watching sports. He is currently an Assistant videographer for the FIU Football team

Elizabeth Alume

Elizabeth Alume

SGA Engineering Senator
Tommy Carrascal

Tommy Carrascal

Director, Code

Tommy is currently a Junior studying Computer Science. He specializes in full-stack web development and loves JavaScript.

Guillermo Garrido

Guillermo Garrido

Director, Make

Guillermo is a junior studying Computer Engineering. He specializes in embedded software development and can be found building cool projects at various maker spaces around campus.

Nathan Pabon

Nathan Pabon

Director, InfoTech
Jai Jethani

Jai Jethani

Director, Advance

Jai is currently a Senior majoring in Information Technology with a minor in Business. Specializing in cyber-security and cloud computing. He is also a Resident Assistant for Housing and Residential Life at FIU. After work hours, you will find him playing video games and spending time with friends.

Samantha Fernandez

Samantha Fernandez

Director, Google CS First

Samantha is currently a Sophomore studying Information Technology. She specializes in front-end web development and loves graphic design.

Carolina Uribe

Carolina Uribe

Director, SparkDev

Carolina is currently a Senior studying Computer Science & Psychology. She loves helping students develop their skills, find their passions and ultimately land internships. Outside of school, Carolina loves rock-climbing, hiking, photography, and backpacking the world (15+ countries so far)!

Azhar Ali

Azhar Ali

Director, MentorFIU

Azhar is currently a sophomore studying Computer Science and Mathematics. His hobbies include videogames, reading, and solving problems. He specializes in Web Development and Machine Learning.

Yasmine  Abdrabo

Yasmine Abdrabo

Director, Hackers

Yasmine is currently a senior studying Computer Science with a certificate in Japanese. She enjoys working in database management and learning new verbal languages.

Natalie Whitehead

Natalie Whitehead

Hackers, Interim Co-Director

Natalie is currently a senior majoring in Information Technology with a minor in Fine Arts. She specializes in network security, web development, and graphic design.

Kevin Losada

Kevin Losada

Hackers, Interim Co-Director

Advisory Board

On top of our Executive board, UPE is backed by faculties from the  School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS)
, and current student and alumni who’ve served the board in the past.

Peter J. Clarke Ph. D

Peter J. Clarke Ph. D

Faculty Advisor
Cesar Villa Garcia

Cesar Villa Garcia

Alumni Advisor
Jose Maldonado

Jose Maldonado

Alumni Advisor