Gladynel Saavedra Pena2020-06-03T05:53:10+00:00

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

PhD Candidate, (Year)

Curriculum Vitae



San Sebastian, Puerto Rico

Undergraduate institution

University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

What sparked your interest in your current field, and what do you love about it?

I have always felt drive and passion for contributing to the well-being of humanity. Through Electrical Engineering (EE) I am able to do so by participating in the advancement of clinical applications that aid those in need. I love how this specific application of EE can impact others who are not directly in my field of study and I thoroughly enjoy the process of personal growth that comes along with each challenge.

Personal research summary

I spent the Summer of 2012 at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD) working on a speech recognition application for an Epidermal Electronic System (EES). An EES is a combination of electrical components configured together into stretchable membranes that laminate onto the surface of the skin. From January 2013 to December 2015, I conducted independent research at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez (UPRM) developing a paradigm in which Low Intensity Focused Pulsed Ultrasound (LIFPUS) was applied to the beating heart of a Bufo Marinus in the hopes of creating a disturbance or change in its cardiac rhythm. During the Fall of 2013 and the Summer of 2014, I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) on the design and implementation of a system that could quantify the amount of crosstalk occurring in neural prosthetic devices that were designed, developed, and characterized at LLNL. Lastly, during the Spring of 2015 I worked at UPRM on the design and implementation of an Eye-Blink Detection System for patients with motor deficiencies. This system would be the interface between the patient and a computer, in which the patient’s eye-blink would result in a click on the computer screen.

Personal interests

During my free time, I enjoy singing, playing my guitar, and dancing (preferably to Latin music). I also like to read novels and hit the gym!


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