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

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.

Natalie Whitehead

Natalie Whitehead

Historian

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.

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. His core knowledge includes JavaScript, and User Interface and Experience Design (UI/UX). He has experience building Web and mobile applications, APIs, and working as a project manager.

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

Jai Jethani

Jai Jethani

SGA Engineering Senator

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.

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.

Rafael Hernandez

Rafael Hernandez

Director, InfoTech
Julian Alarcon

Julian Alarcon

Director, Advance
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.

Mauricio Santos-Hoyos

Mauricio Santos-Hoyos

Director, SparkDev

Mauricio is currently is senior Computer Science major. He loves Miyazaki and Tarantino films, enjoy figure drawing, making flowcharts and project management. His aspiration is to make fun games and films and tools to facilitate those endeavors!

Azhar Ali

Azhar Ali

Director, MentorFIU

Azhar Ali is currently a freshman studying Computer Science and Mathematics, originally from Trinidad and Tobago. His hobbies include solving Sodoku puzzles, playing tennis, and playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Azhar is currently interested in the fields of Natural Language Processing and Mobile Development.

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.

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
Rob Panoff

Rob Panoff

Alumni Advisor
Sabina Cartacio

Sabina Cartacio

Alumni Advisor