Posted by Kevin Hernandez, Developer Relations Group Supervisor
For Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re celebrating Henry Ruiz, Machine Studying GDE, and Latin American and Hispanic developer voices.
Henry Ruiz, Machine Studying GDE, initially had aspirations of changing into a soccer participant in his residence nation of Colombia, however when his brother acquired injured he knew that he needed to have a backup plan. With a love for video video games, Henry determined to pursue an training in improvement and ultimately found the world of pc science.
At present, Henry is a Pc Scientist, working as a Analysis Specialist (Knowledge Scientist) at Texas A&M AgriLife Analysis and ending his Ph.D. in Engineering at Texas A&M College.
Henry, who barely spoke English earlier than immigrating to the US, has now progressed to the purpose of making ready to defend his PhD, due to the help of the Hispanic group.
As a first-generation faculty scholar in the US, Henry was on the lookout for a group the place he may really feel related. He obtained quite a lot of help from worldwide college students and mentions that he at all times obtained a heat welcome particularly from the Hispanic group. Becoming a member of completely different golf equipment on campus, Henry related with others by means of meals and shared experiences and so they served as a help system for each other by creating examine teams. By means of these connections, he started to note the affect of builders from Latin America which deeply impressed him. Henry displays, “We’re thought-about a minority and don’t at all times have the identical alternatives that developed international locations have. So now we have to be inventive and put in an additional effort. So to see these tales of minority builders making an affect on the world could be very important to me.” Henry views Hispanic Heritage Month as a celebration of what Hispanic individuals have completed and it drives him in his work.
“Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of the onerous work, the resilience, and the work that individuals locally have carried out,”
– Henry Ruiz, Machine Studying GDE
Henry has seen progress being made in recognizing Hispanic contributions within the tech trade. “Massive firms have been conscious of the challenges that now we have as minorities and so they began creating completely different applications to get group members extra concerned in tech firms,” he explains. Nicely-known companies have hosted conferences for the Hispanic group and Google specifically, provides out scholarships such because the Technology Google Scholarship. This makes him really feel seen and provides the group visibility within the trade. When he sees Hispanics in management positions, it reveals him what will be completed, which fuels his work.
At present, Henry has labored on generative AI tasks and leverages Google applied sciences (Cloud, TensorFlow, Kubernetes) to deal with challenges within the agricultural trade. Particularly, he’s engaged on a undertaking to detect ailments and pests in bananas. With the robust basis of his group, Henry is actively serving to communities together with his analysis. On his recommendation to the Hispanic group, Henry imparts the next phrases of knowledge, “Though some may not have entry to the identical instruments and applied sciences as others, now we have to do not forget that we’re resilient, inventive, and are downside solvers. Simply proceed shifting ahead.”
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