Keynote: How to Overcome Challenges

Geeth Chettiar (Retired Lockheed Martin Executive)

Abstract: Life will always have challenges. How can you best overcome them to accomplish your dreams? In high school and college, I faced some challenges but through the help of family, friends and mentors I overcame them to get to the goal of finishing engineering and getting my dream job. As I progressed through life, I continued to use those skills to deal with life's twist and turns. This talk will show some examples of how to overcome challenges and keep moving towards your goals.

Dr. Sadia Afroz

Biography: Geeth Chettiar is a retired executive with more than 28 years of engineering and technology experience in the DoD industry. She started her career with IBM and then joined Lockheed Martin. Geeth has a broad depth of experience in engineering technology, program management, program capture and human resources. She has worked on a variety of programs including Global Positioning Satellite System (GPS), Space Based Infrared System, and the F35 program. Geeth has worked as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. She has also held a variety of board positions supporting education both at the private K-12 school level and at the university level. Geeth holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and son.

OurCS Panel: "The Graduate School Experience"

Moderator: Dr. Shirin Nilizadeh (UTA Faculty)
Panelists: Dr. Allison Sullivan (UTA), Abhishek Rai (Goldman Sachs), Dr. Shirin Hosseini Shirvani (Amazon), Shrewosi Endow (UTA)

Dr. Shirin Nilizadeh

Dr. Shirin Nilizadeh is Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington. She received her Ph.D. in Security Informatics from the Indiana University Bloomington (IUB). For her dissertation on Privacy-aware Decentralized Architectures for Socially Networked Systems, she received a two-year fellowship. Following her doctorate, she held post-doctoral positions in CNets at IUB from 2014-2015, in SecLab at University of California Santa Barbara from 2015-2017, and then in CyLab at Carnegie Mellon University from 2017-2018. Her research focuses on security and privacy in the context of systems and social networks using techniques from machine learning and big data analytics.

Dr. Shirin Hosseini Shirvani

Dr. Shirin Hosseini Shirvani is Sr. Applied Scientist AI/ML at Amazon AWS. Her main research interests are in machine learning and optimization with the aim of developing algorithms and techniques that can empower machines with the ability to autonomously acquire the skills for development of intelligent behavior. She received her PhD in computer science from University of Texas at Arlington under supervision of Professor Manfred Huber. She has MS in Operations Research from Texas A&M University, College Station. Prior to joining Amazon, she was a clinical Assistant professor in the department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas. She has a background in healthcare industry, at Tenet Healthcare where she worked on applying Machine Learning to improve Healthcare Operations & Decision-Making.

Abhishek Rai

Abhishek Rai is Vice President with Global Investment Research (GIR) Engineering team. He is responsible for the delivering relevant content via client facing API's, mobile apps and portals that help enable Market Insight to GS clients so that they can make informed investment decisions. Additionally, he is responsible for building and expanding GIR Engineering team in Dallas. Abhishek has been with the firm for 6 years and has played a key role in building a firm-wide content platform while pushing for broader cloud adoption across the board.

Shrewosi Endow

Shrewosi Endow a second-year Computer Engineering Ph.D. student, advised by César Torres at the Hybrid Atelier lab at the University of Texas at Arlington. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in the spring of 2020. Her research focus is Human-Computer Interaction, and her research interests are in digital fabrication, IoT environments, creativity support tools and wearable technology. She wants to develop toolkits/tools for hybrid makerspaces, design novel interfaces to aid in the learning of new technologies and communicating tacit knowledge in hands-on creative practices, as well as expand the expression and aesthetic potential of wearable technology. In her free time, she enjoys embroidering, painting and reading fiction.

Dr. Allison Sullivan

Dr. Allison Sullivan is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Sullivan obtained her PhD in the Software Verification, Validation and Testing (SVVAT) group at the University of Texas at Austin (hook’em) in 2017 under her advisor Sarfraz Khurshid. She obtained her M.S. degree in software engineering at UT Austin in 2014 and her B.S. degree in software engineering from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2012 (whoosh). Her research interest is in automatically correcting faulty programs (repair), automatically generating programs (synthesis), and building more reliable software systems (verification). When not exploring all the different ways people fail to write programs correctly, Dr. Sullivan enjoys hiking, solving puzzles and playing video games.

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OurCS@DFW Workshops - hands-on projects for undergraduate and high-school students
February 18-20, 2022

Pre-event Tutorial: Introduction to Data Science
February 12, 2022

Pre-event Tutorial: Introduction to Python
January 28-29, 2022

Funding for the Event Provided By

Lockheed Martin

With Supoport From



Of Interest

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