Clara M. Mosquera López, Ph.D.
Bonnie Jessenia Prado Pino, M.Sc.
Bonnie received her B.S. in Electronics Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. After working as a visitor scholar for the Department of Aerospace Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, Bonnie started her graduate studies, and was awarded her M.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Bonnie is currently a PhD. student in Astrodynamics and Space Applications at the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Her research focuses on exploring control strategies for low-thrust spacecraft trajectory design in multibody regimes.
Clara received her B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering, her M.S. degree in Management of Technology from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana at Medellin (Colombia) in 2007 and 2010 respectively, and her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering form The University of Texas at San Antonio in May 2015. Clara has 4+ years of research and development experience in a broad spectrum of topics in signal and image processing, estimation theory, and machine learning. Particularly, her research has focused on the development of image processing algorithms for quantitative analysis of biomedical images and pattern recognition methods applied to computer-aided cancer diagnosis.
Nayive is a Biologist from the Universidad del Quindío at Armenia, Colombia, and earned her Masters degree in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in phytochemistry from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana at Bogotá, Colombia. Nayive has taught at the Universidad Tecnológica del Chocó at Quibdó, Colombia for over 25 years, where she has held multiple administrative positions, including Dean of the Department of Basic Sciences, and Director of the herbarium Chocó. She is the current director of the Natural Products Research Group at the Universidad Tecnológica del Chocó at Quibdó, Colombia, and she is a scientific researcher for the COLCIENCIAS Excellence Center CENIVAM. As a result of her research, Nayive has written 3 books and over 30 manuscripts.
Dr. Curbelo-Ruíz earned an Associate Degree in Tropical Crop Production from the University of Puerto Rico, a Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Education and Studies with a minor in Horticulture, a Masters Degree and Ph.D. from Iowa State University, where he served as the Multicultural Liaison Officer and the administrator of the George Washington Carver summer research program for the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. Dr. Curbelo is currently the director of the Purdue University Latino Cultural Center. His international experiences as a graduate student inspired him to research the international perspectives, leadership, programs, and agreements in Central American countries.
Cruz Nayive Pino Benitez, M.Sc.
Aurelio Curbelo-Ruíz, Ph.D.
Meet the ALE team!!
Gloria is a graduate of the Juan N. Corpas School of Medicine in Bogotá, Colombia, and has a Master of Medical Science from Harvard Medical School. Most of her clinical experience has comprised the care of critically ill patients. In 2010, she became a member of the first telemedicine intensive care unit (ICU) in Colombia, and she worked as the chief medical officer of the ICU Respirar S.A.S. in the state of Chocó, Colombia, since its beginning in 2014. Her research interest focuses on high-quality healthcare access in rural Colombia. She also works as a research assistant for the Natural Products Research Group of the Universidad Tecnológica del Chocó; where she has participated as co-author in papers, objects of national recognition.
Oscar is a Certified Public Accountant from the Universidad del Quindío at Armenia, Colombia, specialized in Project Formulation and Evaluation. Oscar earned his Masters degree in Economical and Financial Administration from the Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira at Pereira, Colombia. He has taught at the Universidad Tecnológica del Chocó at Quibdó, Colombia for over 20 years, where he has held multiple administrative positions, including Chairman of the Department of Business Administration. Besides his career in Academia, he has served in multiple government positions including Chief of Internal Control for the Colombian National Ministry of Education in Bogotá, Colombia. Oscar is currently the leader of the Accounting Socioeconomic Research Group at the Universidad Tecnológica del Chocó at Quibdó, Colombia.
Gloria Nallyve Prado Pino, M.D., M.M.Sc
Oscar Ramiro Prado Gonzalez, M.Sc.
Renee A. Thomas currently serves as Director of the Purdue University Black Cultural Center. She has twenty years of experience in higher education administration with expertise in program development, student services, community engagement and fundraising. Thomas is committed to promoting a campus climate that ensures the inclusion of diverse students, faculty, and staff in all aspects of the university. During her tenure, Thomas has been known for her ability to nurture, support and mentor students. She plays an active role in enhancing student success and retention. Under her direction; the Purdue Black Cultural Center has positioned itself to be nationally recognized as one of the best centers in the United States.
Renee A. Thomas, M.Ed.
Benji manages YouTube 4 Good, YouTube's corporate responsibility program as well as YouTube's global policy team. Benji has deep roots in Latin America, having studied and travelled extensively throughout Central and South America. He graduated with highest honors from Carleton's International Business program in Ottawa, Canada in 2009.
Kadari is a third year Ph.D. student interested in the transnational identity of West and Central African Print fabric and fashion. Her research areas are located in the overlaps between American Studies and African Diaspora Studies and engage three broad areas: race, material culture, and political economy; apparel design and textiles, and transnationalism, globalization and the diaspora. Ms. Taylor-Watson has been active in her community and is developing a program to help young Black girls love themselves early through their hair and experiences. This summer, Kadari will be traveling to Ghana for her dissertation to understand the role of fashion and dress as an identity marker for African American expatriates. Upon graduation Ms. Taylor-Watson is looking to start her own revolutionary fashion brand and work for a branch of the Smithsonian.
Kadari Taylor-Watson, M.A.
Andrey is a Colombian athlete who graduated with a degree in Business Administration (Accounting) in 2013 from the University of Turabo at Gurabo (Puerto Rico). Currently, Andrey is pursuing his master's degree in Human Resources Management at the same university. His research focuses on oportunities for economic development of women from Chocó, Colombia. Andrey has been part of the Colombian track and field team in several national and international competitions.