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Current Scholars

Jose Leonardo Brenes


Class of: 2024
Hometown: San Jose, Costa Rica
School: School of Engineering
Major(s): Mechanical Engineering
Minors(s): Computer Science

Jose Leonardo grew up in San Jose, Costa Rica. Tinkering with different projects related to robotics and renewable energy, he learned how technology could be used to improve the lives of others. He dedicated his time during high school to tutor students from underserved communities in STEM subjects. 

During his time at Vanderbilt, Jose Leonardo worked with organizations such as the Nashville International Center for Empowerment helping refugees and immigrants practice their English and prepare for the citizenship test. He also partnered with the Famcore foundation, a non-profit based in New Orleans that organizes Christmas food drives to improve how they collect and analyze data.

In the summer of 2022, Jose Leonardo worked with STEAMED Latam, to help share their expertise in teaching STEAM by training teachers in rural schools in Costa Rica and in the Association of Deaf People of Limon.

Jose Leonardo is part of Vanderbilt robotics and the Vanderbilt Satellite club. His goal is to work in aerospace and at the same time continue breaking down barriers and providing learning opportunities especially in STEM fields. He is extremely grateful and honored to be part of the Ingram Scholars program.