Jacqueline Chavez is a senior attending ENMU as a computer science major. During her time at ENMU, she has been awarded and accepted for a research proposal for the EPSCoR SMART Grid program that she has been working on. Chavez researches artificial intelligence (AI) and how it could help detect cyber-attacks on smart grids. The EPSCoR SMART Grid program is an organization that supports student's research and internships throughout their college careers. Chavez hopes that her research could help people detect real-time cyber-attacks in the real world. With the help of Dr. Ceh-Varela, a professor of Computer Science, and The EPSCoR SMART Grid program, Chavez has been able to learn and research about a subject that inspires her and could help people all over the world. Chavez's dream job is to work for Microsoft or IBM where she hopes to help protect against cyber-attacks.
Chavez is grateful to the EPSCoR SMART Grid program for the opportunity to work with them while they support her during her research. This is the second time that she has had the honor of working with them, Chavez was able to do coding research with them over the summer before she was accepted for her research proposal. Chavez is originally from El Paso, Texas where she had previously attended The University of Texas at El Paso. However, Chavez was looking for a college where she would feel welcomed and cared about, she said, "I have always felt like everyone really tries to help the students succeed as much as they can."