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Spotlight on Commerce: Laura Espinal, Materials Scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

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Blog post by Laura Espinal, Materials Scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. I am the oldest of three sisters, raised in a home filled with great appreciation for Latin music. I learned very early on that music brings friends and family together. At home, my dad played the cuatro all the time. (The cuatro is an instrument with four...

Spotlight on Commerce: Jim Alstrum-Acevedo Supervisory Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

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Blog post by Jim Alstrum-Acevedo Supervisory Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) I am a Supervisory Patent Examiner (SPE) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). My team and I examine pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent applications. My team includes fifteen skilled examiners who evaluate patents concerning short polypeptides having less than 100 amino acids,...

Spotlight on Commerce: Cindy Orellana Good, Program Manager, National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

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Blog post by Cindy Orellana Good, Program Manager, National Technical Information Service (NTIS) I have been a public servant for roughly 11 years. Most of my time has been dedicated in helping organizations overcome challenges and identifying opportunities for growth. It’s these types of experiences that fuel my passion in being purposeful and making a difference. As a program manager for the...

Spotlight on Commerce: Marcos A. Reyes-Martinez, Materials Research Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 

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Blog post by Marcos A. Reyes-Martinez, Materials Research Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) I often say I was born in paradise, surrounded by idyllic weather, stunning landscapes and beautiful people. I was born in the oldest city of “New Spain,” Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. I am the product of the clash and melding of worlds. In my blood runs...

Spotlight on Commerce: Nestor Ramirez, Technology Center Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

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Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting the contributions of Department of Commerce employees during Hispanic Heritage Month. Guest blog post by Nestor Ramirez, Technical Center Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is one of those amazing places in government you may not be familiar with. The...

Spotlight on Commerce: Jenise Reyes-Rodriguez, Computer Scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

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Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting the contributions and accomplishments of Department of Commerce employees in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15—October 15). Guest blog post by Jenise Reyes-Rodriguez, Computer Scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) I feel honored to represent my culture for the Department of...

Spotlight on Commerce: Raul Rodriguez, Utilities System Repair Operator, Office of Space & Building Management

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Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting the contributions and accomplishments of Department of Commerce employees in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15—October 15). Guest blog post by Raul Rodriguez, Utilities System Repair Operator, Office of Space & Building Management I was born and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico. My mother was an...

Spotlight on Commerce: Ana Valentin, Acting Chief, Enterprise Service Branch, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting the contributions and accomplishments of Department of Commerce employees in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15—October 15). Guest blog post by Ana Valentin, Acting Chief, Enterprise Service Branch, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ¡Bienvenidos! Celebremos el mes de la Herencia...

Spotlight on Commerce: José Ricardo García, Scriptwriter and Video Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

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Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting the contributions and accomplishments of Department of Commerce employees in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15—October 15). Guest blog post by José Ricardo García, Scriptwriter and Video Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) I used to think that you could only be a...

Spotlight on Commerce: Jennifer Pineda, Budget Analyst, Office of Budget, Office of the Secretary

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Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting the contributions and accomplishments of Department of Commerce employees in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15—October 15). Guest blog post by Jennifer Pineda, Budget Analyst, Office of Budget, Office of the Secretary I was born in New York, but I moved to Pereira, Colombia at the age of three....