Nevada Sanchez was born in the small town of Belen, NM. His grandfather, an electrical engineer, inspired his interest in engineering at a young age. He eventually taught himself computer programming and began developing video games as a hobby—something he still enjoys doing today. After graduating from Belen High School, he began his studies at MIT as a Gates Millennium Scholar. While at MIT, Nevada has received several accolades for academic and professional achievement. One particular project that has garnered attention is the MIT Glove Mouse, a project created with a colleague in a digital design course. The Glove Mouse has so far won the George C. Newton undergraduate laboratory prize, the HKN Project Expo, and the Ilona Karmel Prize for technical writing. It also appeared in numerous technical websites including Engadget and Popular Science.
In 2010, Nevada received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, a second degree in Mathematics, and a minor in Physics. Upon graduating he was awarded the Henry Ford II Scholar Award—an honor given to the student with the top academic and professional achievement in the MIT School of Engineering. He is currently continuing his education at MIT pursuing a Master of Engineering degree in EECS, working under the supervision of physicist Max Tegmark on the instrumentation of a large-scale radio telescope. Nevada has also accrued a substantial amount of experience in industry while working as an intern during his summers at EMC, Lockheed Martin, NVIDIA, and Microsoft. Outside of the classroom, Nevada also enjoys piano, guitar, hobby electronics, and indoor rock climbing.
Nevada hopes to continue his studies at Stanford University Department of Computer Science. He is particularly interested in high performance computing, programmable logic, and large system design.