Carlos Taveras (Pathways Program Mentor)

WEBSITE(S)| Carlos' LinkedIn | Carlos' Website

Pronouns: he/him/his

Undergraduate and Masters Institution: Carnegie Mellon University

Advisor: César Uribe and Santiago Segarra

Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering


I am a second year PhD student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE) advised by professors César Uribe and Santiago Segarra. I attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, before joining Rice, where I received B.S. and M.S. degrees in ECE in 2021 and 2022, respectively.

Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in the Bronx, NYC, I am doubly first-generation: American and college student. Prior to mid-2015, I was an undocumented immigrant.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about Houston, the ECE department, clubs, or anything else Rice.

Affinity group affiliations: BGSA, LatinGrads@Rice

Fun fact about you:

I attended the same high school as James Baldwin, Stan Lee, Sugar Ray Robinson, Ralph Lauren, and A Boogie wit da Hoodie, to name a few

Favorite thing about Rice:

Students, staff, and faculty

Favorite thing about Houston:

Diversity (of food, especially)

Why did you decide to go to grad school? 

In my academic journey, I have been extremely fortunate to have had teachers who instilled in me a passion for learning and several enlightening experiences serving as a teaching assistant in some of my favorite undergraduate courses at CMU. This has inspired me to become a professor which requires grad school. As a professor, I hope to inspire others from some of the historically underrepresented communities that it is possible to succeed and excel in academia, STEM particularly. I also hope to find ways to meaningfully give back to my community through education.