Nelson Colon- SIPA

Nelson Colón Vargas

Lecturer (part-time)


Personal Details

Focus Areas: Civic Tech, AI/ML, Data Science, Emerging Tech

Nelson A. Colón Vargas is a Lecturer and co-instructs Computing in Context. Nelson is a Mathematician and AI Leader with a passion for Education, Equity and Civic Tech, and more than ten years of experience ranging from Academia, Startups, Fortune 100 companies, and the Federal Government. He served for three years as an Entrepreneur In Residence with the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows and is currently serving as a Digital Service Expert at the Executive Office of the President, helping government agencies with the adoption of AI and other Emerging Technologies. Nelson received his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Iowa. In his spare time he songwrites, produces, and performs around DC and NYC under the artistic name of Nel Abdiel.


  • B.S. in Mathematics- University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras
  • Ph.D. in Mathematics- University of Iowa

Awards and Honors

  • White House Presidential Innovation Fellow
  • Special Act Award - Technology Transformation Services (2019)