It has shaped up to be a stellar summer for Hostos engineering students and alumni. 

Hostos Science Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) stars Elan Anderson, Swimi Kolancheril, Nii Tackie-Yarboi, Oluwafemi Ligan, Luis Tejeda Ortiz, Christian Huacón, and Keneil Fearon were selected to participate in highly competitive summer research and internship programs across the nation. All seven scholars were members of the Black Male Initiative team and have participated in research sponsored by the CUNY Research Scholars Program (CRSP), Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), Title V, and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP). 

“A remarkable achievement of seven Engineering students,” said Dr. Yoel Rodríguez, a Professor in the Physical Sciences Unit at Hostos. “Their hard and diligent work is paying off with these very well-deserved distinctions. This is a result of a collective effort, including several Hostos STEM programs, administration support and dedicated faculty members. Congratulations to all!”

A breakdown of the STEM scholars’ respective programs and where they conducted their summer research include: 

Elan Anderson 
Citrine Informatics NextGen Fellowship
North Carolina State University

Swimi Kolancheril 
2018 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program: Secure and Privacy Preserving Cyber Physical Systems
Tennessee Tech University

Nii Tackie-Yarboi 
Internet of Things Software Technology (IoT) Internship
Intel Corporation
Hillsboro, Oregon

Oluwafemi Ligan
Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) Scholar
ExxonMobil Chemical Company
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

Luis Tejeda Ortiz 
San Diego Summer Training Academy for Research Success (STARS) Program
University of California, San Diego 

Christian Huacón 
Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering/Sciences (S.U.R.E.) Program
Georgia Tech College of Engineering

Keneil Fearon 
NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Physics
Queensborough Community College, CUNY