Day 2 - Minority Student Experiences



Shayla Sawyer
Professor Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering Department
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
IEF Board Member 

Shayla Sawyer is a professor in the Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her Nano-Bio Optoelectronics research program expands the fundamental understanding, engineering processes, and potential applications of hybrid inorganic/organic materials for optoelectronic devices and sensors. This includes the fabrication of nanomaterials from bacteria, fabrication in a solution process, and the development of optoelectronic sensors and complimentary systems. The optoelectronic devices are comprised of hybrid inorganic/organic materials what may include semiconductor metal oxide nanostructures, conductive polymers, conductive nanostructures, and bio-chemical solutions. Her overall research goal is aimed at effectively fabricating and characterizing novel materials and sensors with consideration of systems that require sensitivity and/or selectivity to bring quantitative measurements in typically qualitative worlds.  NSF Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications Research Center, NSF Divison of Biological Infrastructure, National Security Technologies/Department of Energy, NSF Division on Research and Learning, and the NSF GK-12 Community Situated Research Center are a few recent funding resources for her work.


Abigail Bueno
Electrical Engineering Graduate Student

Abigail Bueno is currently a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering program at The University of Texas at El Paso. She recently received her bachelor's in electrical engineering with a concentration in Power and Energy Systems at the same institution this past fall 2021. Since her undergraduate degree she has been involved in student organizations at UTEP as Recording Secretary and President of the Zeta Delta chapter of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), and currently being Auxiliary Officer advising the current and future generations of students within the chapter. While being an undergraduate student, she also took advantage of research and internship experiences which enable her the opportunity of working in projects related to antenna array design, cybersecurity, risk assessment of concentrated natural gas (CNG) vehicles, and remote sensing applied to renewable energy. During her college education, Abigail has discovered how much she enjoys teamwork, research, mentoring, inspiring her peers to take advantage of the opportunities offered, and advocate for women in engineering and technology. 






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