Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Charge to the Advisory Board

The charge to the Advisory Board is to provide suggestions and feedback to the Computing Alliance as the Alliance shares, tests and disseminates strategies for the recruitment, retention and advancement of Hispanics in computing. Specifically, Board members shall:

  • Review and make recommendations regarding Alliance activities, evaluation, and dissemination efforts in meeting CAHSI goals;
  • Provide suggestions regarding Alliance programs (interventions), policies and resources;
  • Make recommendations regarding strategic directions of the Alliance.

The Advisory Board will meet every year, with each meeting scheduled for a full day. Board members may occasionally be asked to provide input or feedback via e‐mail between the scheduled meetings.

Advisory Board Members

Andrew Bernat
Executive Director, Computing Research Association

 Andrew Bernat is the current Executive Director of the Computing Research Association (, an association of more than 250 North American academic departments of computer science, computer engineering, and related fields; laboratories and centers in industry, government, and academia engaging in basic computing research; and affiliated professional societies. As founding member and chair of the Computer Science Department at the University of Texas at El Paso, he developed an acclaimed model of student involvement in research, secured external funding, attracted and hired high quality faculty, and directed the renovation of a building to house the department. In recognition of "... his success in creating arguably the strongest computer science department at a minority-serving institution", the Computing Research Association honored him with the A. Nico Habermann Award. In developing and leading the National Science Foundation-funded Model Institutions for Excellence project at UTEP, he forged working groups across different departments and colleges that dramatically transformed the campus and led to qualitative and quantitative improvement in student achievement. He has led national efforts to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities and women in the computing profession. The workshop series he initiated with colleagues in Mexico dramatically increased the activity and productivity of the Mexican computer science community. While a Program Director at the National Science Foundation, he oversaw the Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service program. His experience ranges from scientific research, with some 62 invited presentations and publications, to educational reform and innovation, with some thirty invited presentations and publications.

Irene Hernandez Roberts
Program Director, IBM

 Irene Roberts is a Program Director in IBM Software Group, ISV and Developer Relations focused on working closely with Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to help these partners integrate IBM products and technologies into their business solutions. With IBM for 26 years, she provides significant mentoring within and outside IBM. She is active in integrating the IBM Academic Initiative program across the Hispanic Community through the Computing Alliance for Hispanic Serving Institutions and the Hispanic Association for Colleges and Universities. She is also a Lifetime member of the Society for Professional Engineers. Irene is an IBM Master Inventor with over 50 IBM Patents. Irene received her Bachelor's in Computer Science from University of Texas at Austin in 1981.

Bradley Jensen
Senior Academic Relationship Manger, Microsoft

 Dr Bradley Jensen is a Senior Academic Relationship Manager with Microsoft Corporation. He brings a wealth of extensive relationship, teaching, research, product marketing, sales, and domestic/international executive experience. He has demonstrated capabilities in Curriculum Development, Course Design and Delivery, Research, Consulting, Manufacturing, Document Management, Publishing, Telecommunications, Aerospace, Legal, and Commercial Property Management. Dr Jensen's proven accomplishments are in: Information Security, Software Development, Project Management, Strategic Alliances, E-Commerce, Strategic Marketing, P & L Management, Team Building and Consultative Selling. The following are some of his key milestones at Microsoft Corporation:

  • Established an international university consortium for use of large (terabytes) live datasets from several Fortune 100 corporations for use in the classroom and in research. Co-chair of Board of Directors.
  • Converted several courses from competing technology to Microsoft technology.
  • Improved relations at 15 managed universities. Working with administration and faculty to improve perception and use of Microsoft technology.
  • Co-chaired security workshop at ICIS 2005 and Gaming Academic Days 2006.
  • Co-chair Board of Directors for STEM and Texas Business and Education Consortium.
  • Academic Relationship Manager of the year for 2006.

Patty Lopez
Component Design Engineer, Intel

Patty received her BS, MS, and PhD degrees in computer science, spent 19 years as an Imaging Scientist for HP, and now works on microprocessor logic validation for Intel in Fort Collins, Colorado. She has released over fifty imaging products and received seven imaging patents. In 2003, she was named a Distinguished Alumna for the New Mexico State University College of Arts and Sciences. Patty currently serves as VP of a Women at Intel employee group, a MentorNet mentor, a First Lego Robotics League coach, and an industrial advisory board member for several programs at NMSU. She joined the Computing Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions (CAHSI) Board in 2010, and represents Intel on the 2010 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Industrial Advisory Board. She is a founding member and co-chair of Latinas in Computing, a grassroots organization whose mission to promote and develop Latinas in technology.

Maricel Quintana-Baker
Associate Director (Academic Affairs), State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)

Maricel Quintana-Baker, Ph.D. serves as Associate Director for Academic Affairs at the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Dr. Quintana-Baker is responsible for coordinating Virginia's Outstanding Faculty Awards and the Doctoral Nursing Loan Repayment Program. She works with the Agency's Statewide Strategic Plan, and serves as the lead staff for the agency's regional collaborative initiatives between nursing education providers and health foundations. She serves as the Agency liaison with the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and the Virginia Math & Science Coalition, and is a member of the National Advisory Board for the Computing Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions. In addition, she also serves as a Commissioner in the Governor's Virginia Latino Advisory Board. Currently, Dr. Quintana-Baker leads the effort to create the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network (VALHEN), an organization designed to create a higher education network of faculty, staff, students, and relevant community entities to work with the ever-growing numbers of Latino students in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Dr. Quintana-Baker held an Oakridge Institute for Science and Education Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the National Science Foundationss Division of Education and Human Resource Development, where she was the Principal Investigator and Writer for a national project on the role of recruitment and retention strategies and institutional culture at Hispanic Serving Institutions. She is frequently invited to speak on issues on the Latino population and higher education access. She has been a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society since 1979. Other professional memberships include the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE), the Women Executives in Virginia Higher Education (WEVHE). Dr. Quintana-Baker is originally from Santiago, Cuba and is fluent in Spanish.

Robert B. Schnabel
Dean (School of Informatics), Indiana University

 Bobby Schnabel is Dean of the School of Informatics at Indiana University. In this position he leads a multi-campus school of approximately 100 faculty members at the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses, including undergraduate and graduate programs in the departments of computer science and informatics at Bloomington and in informatics at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, as well as undergraduate programs at the Kokomo, South Bend and Southeast campuses of Indiana University. He is a Professor in the departments of computer science and informatics at IU Bloomington. Prior to beginning this position in July 2007, Dr. Schnabel served as Vice Provost for Academic and Campus Technology and Chief Information Officer at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1998-2007. He also served as founding director of the Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS), a campus-wide institute that serves as a catalyst for multidisciplinary curricular, research and outreach activities involving the content and tools of information technology, from 1997-2007. He was on the faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1977-2007, also serving as chair of the Department of Computer Science from 1990 to 1995, and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering and Applied Science from 1995 to 1997. Dr. Schnabel's teaching and research interests are in the areas of scientific and parallel computation, including applications to molecular chemistry problems. He is a co-founder and executive team member of the National Center for Women and Information Technology, and a PI on the HBCU (historically black colleges and universities) Research Partnership funded by NSF as part of the Broadening Participation in Computing program. Currently he serves as editor-in-chief of the flagship journal of the Society for Applied and Industrial Mathematics, SIAM Review; as a member of the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association; and as chair of the Information Technology Deans group of CRA. He also serves on the advisory committee for the Institute for Capacity Building of the United Negro College Fund, and as chair of the advisory committee for the Computing Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions.

Richard A. Tapia
Mathematician & Professor (Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics), Rice University

 Richard A. Tapia is a mathematician and professor in the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He is internationally known for his research in the computational and mathematical sciences and is a national leader in education and outreach programs. Tapia's current Rice positions are University Professor; Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering; Associate Director of Graduate Studies, Office of Research and Graduate Studies; and Director of the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education.