Nayda Santiago

Mayaguez, PR, US
Field of Work 
Computer Engineering
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Job Title or "Student" 
Assistant Professor
Michigan State University
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
Nayda G. Santiago received the B.S.E.E. degree from University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, in 1989, the M.Eng.E.E. degree from Cornell University in 1990, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University in 2003. Since 2003, she has been a faculty member of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department where she holds a position as Associate Professor.

Nayda comes from the public school system at Puerto Rico, both high school and university education. She had excellent teachers who taught her how to work hard to accomplish her goals.

Nayda has been recipient of the 2008 Outstanding Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Award, 2008 Distinguished Computer Engineer Award of the Puerto Rico Society of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, the 2008 HENAAC (Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference) Education Award, the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, and the 2011 Women on the Forefront of the Puerto Rico Society of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. She is a member of SANCAS, Latinas in Computing, IEEE, and the ACM. She is one of the founding members of CAHSI and Femprof. CAHSI is the Computing Alliance for Hispanic Serving institutions. Femprof is a program to increase the number of females in the professiorate in computing related areas.

Her areas of research include use of novel architectures for hyperspectral image analysis and low power software design. She teaches Computer Architecture and Capstone in Computer Engineering.

Nayda is married and has two kids.
Race & Ethnicity 
Hispanic or Latino
Level of Participation 
In-school visit, Online role model
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model many times.
Hands-on activities for students
Program Affiliation 
IEEE, Girl Scouts, NGCP Collaborative FabFem

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