Master’s Student Embodies Diversity

Beatris Alejandra Mendez Gandica
September 08, 2017

Beatris Alejandra Mendez Gandica is not your typical Master’s in MIS student.

As an extremely busy engineering program manager for Microsoft, she is also a hardworking advocate for diversity in the field of technology while also being a 20-hour a week student in our online Master’s degree program.

At Microsoft, she runs the daily operations for a service that performs static analysis automation for Azure, Bing and Skype source code. Part of her work is also work with static analysis tool owners and internal customers to integrate new tools and processes into the service. This work is essential to Microsoft as it provides the most secure services to their customers.

Beatris was born in San Cristobal, Venezuela. She attended her primary education in Venezuela and obtained her baccalaureates in 2013, from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She earned Bachelors in Information Systems and International Business, both graduating with summa cum laude.

But her thirst and desire to learn more did not stop with her baccalaureate. In an effort to expand her knowledge and expertise she applied to and was accepted into our Master’s in MIS online program. She hopes to graduate from the program in 2018.

Beatris is not only dedicated to her work and education, she is also passionate about inspiring the next generation of young women to get involved in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields.
Because of her passion and enthusiasm for diversity, this spring she was selected to be a TechnoloChica*. As a TechnoloChica she is ‘charged’ with spreading the word about IT diversity and acts as an inspiration for others. She now travels around the world sharing her love of IT and helping young women understand that they too can have whatever they want!

Beatris is a fabulous role model. She is not only passionate about her job and education, she is also passionate about helping others move forward. We are proud to have Beatris as a student and know that she will continue to share her diversity passion and love of IT even after she becomes an alumnae of our program.

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*TechnoloChicas is a collaboration between the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) and the Televisa Foundation. It is designed to help narrow the gap between potential talent and technology career opportunities by raising awareness among young Latinas and their families. Microsoft is a partner and sponsor of NCWIT. Find out mare at