During Black History Month, we witness stories of resilience and unity that illustrate how communities can provide crucial support to Black Americans in their pursuit of excellence and innovation. 

The Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer (ECE) has been that source of community to Eve Cuero, the School’s program manager for the Chair’s Office and a Georgia Tech undergraduate student in the Scheller College of Business.  

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without ECE's endless encouragement to push through to the end,” said Cuero.  

From Bogota to Georgia Tech 

Cuero is a proud ECE product, but her journey to Georgia Tech was not easy. Born in Bogota, Colombia, she, and her family migrated to the United States when she was nine years old to Miami, Fla. She spoke no English but became fluent after two years. Everything about her new environment felt foreign.  

“The connections I made in math and science helped me feel at home,” said Cuero. “Numbers are the same in Spanish and English, they felt familiar.” 

Cuero’s passion for science grounded her interest in engineering. In middle school, she had a peer mentor tell her about his experience at Georgia Tech and at that moment she decided she wanted to be a Yellow Jacket. 

After graduating number two from her high school class of over 980 students at Miami Senior High School in 2016, she enrolled at Miami-Dade College in a dual-degree program, received her associate of science in electrical engineering, and then transferred to Georgia Tech. 

“Transitioning to Tech was difficult,” said Cuero. “I had trouble finding community and Atlanta culture was different from what I was used to.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without ECE's endless encouragement to push through to the end.” 

Eve Cuero

Eve Cuero as a student

Eve Cuero at her high school graduation from Miami Senior High School with her sister.

Eve Cuero as a student

Eve Cuero at college graduation from Miami Dade College in 2018. 

Finding a Home 

On campus, Cuero joined the Opportunity Research Scholars program, an undergraduate research experience for ECE students. While in the program, she found community.  

She began working as an student assistant for the ORS program. Her boss in ORS later recommended her for her current role in the ECE Chair’s Office. She worked closely with the past ECE School Chair Dr. Magnus Egerstedt, who inspired her to preserve while balancing a rigorous academic workload and full-time role.  

“ECE created a space for me to call home and where I felt I finally fit in,” said Cuero. “From the moment that I started working, ECE supported me every single step of the way. They pointed me to resources and worked to help me get back into school.” 

Cuero also actively participates in ECE's Empowering and Boosting Career Readiness (EMBARC) program, benefiting from mentorship provided by Mel Cooker, the program's founder and an advisory board member of the School. Engaging in EMBARC, she is committed to strengthening both her non-technical abilities and networking skills.

Eve Cuero as a student

Eve Cuero attending her first sporting event at Georgia Tech. 

Commitment to Community 

Cuero has a year and half left before graduation. She recently changed her major from electrical engineering to business administration, with a concentration in education and technology.  

“All my work experience has been in higher education at Georgia Tech, “recalls Cuero. "I hope to find a role to help other underrepresented students at Georgia Tech find community and reach their professional goals. I am committed to helping create opportunities for students the way ECE has done for me.” 

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