Join #LatinaGeeks and Qualcomm for an interactive workshop. We will share Qualcomm’s history and the technologies that are driving the 5G revolution geared at enhancing your wireless experience.  Learn about Qualcomm’s early innovations, Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), 5G New Radio (5G NR), Internet of Things (IoT), and Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X).  You will also hear how LatinQ, Qualcomm’s Latinx Employee Resource Group, is advocating for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  

At a very high level, we will cover the technologies behind current implementations, including how Qualcomm’s Snapdragon is powering the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter, and we will close by sharing insights into the future of wireless connectivity. Your active participation is highly encouraged to allow you to maximize your experience with us. Content presented is adequate for college students and professionals; tech background is not required. 

Workshop Instructors/Speakers 

Maricela Alberto – Legal Specialist, Senior 


Maricela Alberto is a Senior Legal Specialist at Qualcomm. She holds a Paralegal Studies Certificate from the University of San Diego. Her role provides experience in navigating both the legal and the tech world. She is also an avid advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and she volunteers as the President of LatinQ employee network at Qualcomm. One of her proudest accomplishments with LatinQ was securing CEO-Elect Cristiano Amon’s support of the Hispanic Promise, a national pledge to hire, promote, retain, and celebrate Hispanics in the workplace. She has received national accolades for her work such as the Diversity STAR Award from the Society of Hispanics Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Global Inclusion Champion Award from Qualcomm. 

Lorena Santos – Mask Layout Designer, Staff 


Lorena Santos is a Staff Mask Layout Designer at Qualcomm with over 15 years experience. As a first generation Mexican-American, she found herself navigating the junior college world without clearly knowing what to study. She loved math and after being introduced to various engineering careers she pursued a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at SDSU. Lorena serves on the board of Qualcomm LatinQ employee network where she is able to fulfill her passion to pay it forward and advocate for Latinx community outreach and talent acquisition initiatives. In her spare time, she loves traveling and venturing out in nature. 

Nery Lara Mancia – Software Engineer 


Nery Lara is a software engineer at Qualcomm Government Technologies. She was born to immigrant parents from El Salvador in San Francisco, CA. Growing up she faced many challenges but never let her circumstances dictate her actions and worked hard to study Computer Engineering at UC Santa Barbara. Upon graduating in 2019, she moved to San Diego, CA. During her free time she enjoys learning how to make phone applications, reading, hiking, running, and weightlifting. 

Lauren Picado – Systems Test Engineer 


Lauren is a Systems Test Engineer at Qualcomm® Government Technologies (QGOV). She holds a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University and a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from New York University. She’s currently working on radiation testing for space applications. She is a board member of LatinQ which is Qualcomm’s Latinx employee resource group to help drive diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. On her free time she loves to train at the gym and explore new places. 

Janet Tisnado – Mask Layout Designer, Principal/Manager 


Janet Tisnado is a Principal Manager and layout designer at Qualcomm, where she has worked for over 17 years.   Janet received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University.  She is first generation Mexican-American and San Diego local who graduated from Montgomery High School.  From an early age, she has always loved math, and became a math peer tutor from 7th – 12th grade.  Immediately after high school, she obtained a tech-internship thru INROADS non-profit organization. This is where Janet learned about basic electronic concepts and her love for microchips.  At San Diego State, she participated in groups such as SHPE and MESA.  Now at Qualcomm, Janet is an active member of LatinQ and Qualcomm Ambassadors.  She is a manager and team lead for the Power Management layout group, where together they physically draw microchip layers to build chips that go into cell phones, tables, automobiles and other devices. 

Recommendations and Requirements: 

  • Must register via Eventbrite registration page. 
  • All registered #LatinaGeeks attendees will receive an email before the event to join the link on the browser to access the webcast. 
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