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I'm Perla, student, traveler, innovator, and leader. I'm originally from Texas, but have found myself in Cambridge, Massachusetts for the past two years as a full-time undergraduate student at MIT, a member of the Class of 2015. There, I am pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering. I enjoy exploring the endless possibilities computer science holds across the world and am always welcoming opportunities to enhance my skills and knowledge in programming, information technology, engineering, assistive technology and web development.

When I'm not studying at MIT I keep myself busy at the Latino Cultural Center (LCC). My heritage and background is very valuable to me and I come to MIT sharing many of the experiences other Latinos face including but not limited to being a first generation student and exploring what it means to be part of an underrepresented group at MIT. I began to get involved with the LCC as the publicity chair, and designing flyers and event materials quickly became one of my favorite pass times. Now as the Vice President, I aim to promote and support the Latino culture across the institute and continue with all things design. Other activities I enjoy on campus include community service, research and salsa dancing.


My most recent experience has been with BMC Software through MIT's Student/Alumni Externship Program. I truly enjoyed meeting MIT Alumni and hearing all about their experiences. Working at BMC Software provided me the opportunity to immerse myself in an upbeat and rich corporate environment. I had the opportunity to increase workforce productivity by integrating several key tools that enable the organization including Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, Troux and Mega.

I've also had the opportunity to be a part of the following research and programs:



Photograph of Perla Villarreal


Candidate for Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering

"Try not to become a (wo)man of success but a (wo)man of value."
-Albert Einstein

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