Tondra Le completed her undergraduate education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), earning dual degrees in mathematics and electrical engineering with a minor in computer science. She participated in the University and Departmental Honors programs. During the final year of her electrical engineering program, she designed and built a Micromouse robot for her Senior Design project. She and her partner were winners at numerous local and regional competitions, including the IEEE Region 6 Micromouse Competition and the Nevada NASA Space Grant Student Paper Competition.
Tondra graduated from UNLV summa cum laude She was awarded the 2005 UNLV Undergraduate Regents’ Scholar Award, the highest academic honor given to one undergraduate student each year. She was a recipient of the Honors Medallion and the Outstanding Senior Award from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. in May 2005 and was the Commencement Speaker.
In the Fall of 2006, Tondra began her Ph.D. program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. After earning her doctorate, Tondra would like to become a university professor. Tondra attributes her success to hard work and the support of her family. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, reading, writing, cross-stitching, and cooking. A long-time vegetarian, Tondra likes to think she has finally mastered the art of baking the perfect egg-less chocolate-chip cookie.