Gladynel Saavedra Pena

Patent Agent I


Gladynel Saavedra Peña is a patent engineer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Gladynel is based in the firm’s Boston office, where she is a member of the firm's Electronics Practice.

Prior to joining Foley, Gladynel was a graduate researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and helped develop a system to track neurodegenerative disease progression that extracts clinical eye-movement features from mobile device video recordings, eliminating the need for specialized equipment such as high-speed cameras and IR illumination.

As an undergraduate researcher at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez, Gladynel developed an acoustic cardiac pacing experimental and surgical procedure to interfere with an animal’s cardiac rhythm and presented preliminary results at the 2013 Biomedical Engineering Society conference.

Additionally, Gladynel built a system to measure crosstalk between electrodes in neural prosthetic devices, interfacing hardware and software elements as a researcher at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California.


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (S.M., 2018)
    • Majors: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez (B.S., 2015)
    • Major: Electrical Engineering

Professional Memberships

  • Former Member, UPRM Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Member, Insight Wisconsin


  • Siebel Scholar (2018)
  • MIT Presidential Fellow (2016)
  • Sloan Scholar (2016)
  • George Simon Ohm Award (2016)


  • Fluent in English and Spanish