Five Latino Scientists Making History


Currently, women scientists represent less than 30% of scientists in the world. However, their performance has been fundamental in history to continue working for scientific and technological progress in the different fields of knowledge.

“To face the immense challenges of the 21st century – from climate change to technological upheaval – we need science and all the energy needed, and therefore the world cannot deprive itself of the potential, the intelligence and the of the creativity of the thousands of women who are victims of it. deeply rooted inequalities or prejudices ”, declared Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

According to figures provided by the Workshop Towards the Promotion of Women’s Participation in Scientific Research in Latin America, organized by Colciencias and the International Development Research Center of Canada, 45% of research in the Americas is carried out by women; However, despite the progress, the gaps are still present and are notoriously evident in fields such as exact sciences, engineering and computer science.

In Latin America alone, there are dozens of women who work every day to bring their knowledge to the scientific world, carrying out research in different fields, not only in their country of origin but also abroad.

Bonnie Prado Pinto

Bonnie is a Colombian aerospace engineer born in the Colombian Pacific.

Despite the lack of opportunities and state neglect, Bonnie dreamed of becoming an aerospace scientist and working for NASA.

She obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota and then worked as a Visiting Student for the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas, where she obtained a Graduate Diploma in Aerospace Engineering.

In 2010, he landed an internship that made one of his biggest dreams come true: working at NASA. There he collaborated in perfecting the development of robotic vehicles for space exploration.

Currently Prado Pinto is pursuing his doctoral studies in Astrodynamics and Space Applications at Purdue University in Indiana.

Idelisa Bonelly

This Dominican-born marine biologist is considered the “mother of marine conservation in the Caribbean”.

Bonnelly began her studies in marine biology in New York in 1953, as there was no university in her native country where this career was taught. Upon her return to the Dominican Republic, she founded the country’s first institution to study marine environmental science with the firm goal of motivating young women to become scientists.

One of his greatest accomplishments was to create the first humpback whale sanctuary in the North Atlantic. Since 1984, in collaboration with a group of Dominican and international organizations, Bonnelly has promoted the protection of breeding grounds for humpback whales, dolphins and manatees.

Sandra López Verges

Sandra is a Panamanian biochemist who has focused her research on understanding viral infections and human virus-host interactions.

She is currently a Senior Health Researcher and Head of the Department of Virology and Health Biotechnology Research at the Gorgas Memorial Institute of Health Studies (ICGES) and is developing a new line of research on innate immunity in viral and arboviral diseases.

Her research and work have resulted in a patent and numerous publications in high impact journals and prestigious awards such as the UNESCO-L’OREAL International Prize for Young Women in Science.

Diane trujillo

Trujillo is a Cali-born Colombian who currently works at NASA as Deputy Head of Robotic Arm and Arm Science, and Head of the Travel Operations Reviews Program.

This aerospace engineer participated in the mission that sent the Perseverance robot to Mars in August 2020. She and her team were in charge of integrating all the physical, electrical and computer parts of the robot to take samples on the red planet.

Diana dreams of becoming an astronaut and going to space one day. If she can’t, she hopes her children will.

Dioselin González

Dioselin is a lead engineer at Unity Labs, a lab tasked with exploring how game creation, AI, complex learning, computer visualization, virtual reality, augmented reality and storytelling will evolve over the years. over the next decade.

This Venezuelan designed, managed and delivered the Carte Blanche prototype (a VR creation tool for consumers).

For five years, Gonzalez worked in the animated film industry at Pixar and DreamWorks Animation, managing an immersive storytelling platform at DWA for an animation technology commercialization initiative.

He currently leads the Mixed Reality Research Group at Unity Labs.


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