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CRA Education Committee Selects New Graduate Fellow – Alejandro Velasco Dimate

Alejandro Velasco Dimate

CRA’s Education Committee (CRA-E) has recently selected its 2023 CRA-E Graduate Fellow – Alejandro Velasco Dimate, from William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Alejandro (he/his) is a Ph.D student in computer Science at the College of William and Mary, currently advised by Dr. Denys Poshyvanyk. He earned both his Bachelor’s (2015) and Master’s (2019) degrees from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. His research interests lie in the domain of Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence and Deep Representation. His current research focuses on Interpretability and Explainability of Language Models trained on source code generation. During his studies at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, he was awarded with assistant professorship in both 2016 and 2017, as well as a Graduate Payment Waiver Scholarship in 2016. In 2010, he achieved an outstanding result on the ICFES exam, ranking fourth in his home country.

As an advocate in the field of Software Engineering, Alejandro has an extensive career in industry, having worked for top companies in Latin America such as Scotiabank and MercadoLibre. During his time in industry, Alejandro had the opportunity to collaborate with his alma mater by presenting state-of-the-art industry challenges and opening up opportunities for undergraduate students. This interaction between academia and industry has allowed Alejandro to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the field and to contribute to the education of future generations of computer scientists.

As he progresses towards his goal of conducting high-quality academic research, Alejandro is eager to collaborate with talented, diverse and passionate undergraduate students who are committed to making a meaningful impact in the field of Computer Science. When he is not busy doing research, he loves to play the guitar, sing, and listen to music.

The CRA-E Graduate Fellows Program was established in 2015 to give graduate students the opportunity to contribute to CRA-E projects and promote computer science research and undergraduate education at the national level.