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GMiS Luminary Spotlight: Jesse Villarreal of Texas Instruments

Congratulations Jesse Villarreal, Software Engineering Manager at Texas Instruments and now a GMiS 2021 Luminary Award winner!

GMiS Luminary honorees represent professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics who initiate, collaborate, and lead key programs and research within their companies. These individuals have made significant contributions to the Hispanic technical community as leaders and role models.

Throughout the 33rd Annual GMiS Conference, Great Minds in STEM will be highlighting members of our Class of 2021 Luminary honorees, comprising of Hispanic innovators who are engineering the future while lighting the way for the next generation of STEM leaders.

Our next spotlighted Luminary is Jesse Villarreal. As a Software Engineer with 17 years of R&D experience in computer vision at Texas Instruments, Jesse Villarreal is helping develop technology that will allow for vehicles to drive autonomously without human intervention.

Joining Texas Instruments as an intern while finishing his Electrical and Computer Engineering B.S. from Baylor University, Mr. Villarreal impressed his peers by combining a lifelong passion for hands-on engineering with a strong commitment to customer-oriented results.

The company rewarded him with its co-sponsorship of the GEM Fellowship that enabled him to pursue a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from The University of Texas, Dallas, and led to his involvement in TI’s massive upgrade of its existing computer vision processor chip.

With four of his six patent applications already granted, Mr. Villarreal’s contributions to TI were recognized in 2012 with the ¡Unidos! – STAR Award, given to Latinos in recognition of achievements in areas such as patents and tech ladder advancement.

Growing up in San Antonio, Mr. Villarreal got his first taste of his engineering future by fixing car stereos and VCRs and working at his family’s electrical contracting business. 

Now he consistently looks for ways to empower his peers and TI’s customers to reach their objectives.  He also spends significant time mentoring interns and new hires, and continues to be a day-to-day, hands-on leader in efficiency, productivity, and quality.

See Mr. Villarreal’s acceptance speech here and congratulations to the entire Class of 2021 Luminary honorees!