Patricia Ordóñez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras. She attended Johns Hopkins University for her BA in Hispanic and Italian Studies. Patti became a high school Spanish and Math teacher and field hockey and lacrosse coach. She transitioned to a career in tech and worked for a startup, CAM Software, startjng as a technical support specialist and then a technical trainer. She then became a technical trainer of programming languages. She then completed her Masters and PhD in Computer Science at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.