MARCELA MERA TRUJILLO is currently a graduate student at West Virginia University, pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics with a focus on applied mathematics. She also holds a B.S. in engineering physics from Universidad del Cauca, Colombia, and an M.S. in mathematics from West Virginia University. Her current research is in genetic algorithms applied in multiple tasks in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and her areas of interest are flight dynamics, space systems engineering, and robotics.