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Keynote Speaker

Pamela Holland Obiomon, Ph.D.
Dean, Roy G. Perry College of Engineering
Prairie View A&M University

Dr. Pamela Holland Obiomon

Pamela Holland Obiomon will deliver the keynote address at the Student Computer Research Festival.

She was appointed as the dean of the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering at Prairie View A&M University on September 1, 2018. She is the seventh dean of the college and the first female to serve in the role.

Obiomon joined PVAMU in 2003 as a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Obiomon was selected as the department head of one of the largest departments of the college, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in 2013 and became a full professor. Under her leadership, the department was awarded over $18 million dollars in grants from the Chancellor’s Research Initiative of The Texas A&M University System. The grants aided in the establishment of three centers: the Computational Biology and Bioengineering Research Center, Cyber Security Research Center, and Center for Advancing Innovations in Smart Microgrid. Additionally, during her leadership as department head, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering was awarded $5 million from the U.S. Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering for the Center for the Center of Excellence in Research and Education for Big Military Data Intelligence.

Obiomon’s research interests are in the areas of integrated microsystems for environmental sensing powered by energy scavenging, smart systems using field-programmable gate arrays, and the design of FPGA-based controllers for autonomous vehicles. She has published over 52 papers in refereed journals, international and national conferences, and colloquia as an author or co-author; been awarded over $14 million in research funds as a principal investigator and co-PI.; and developed the Field-Programmable Gate Array Synthesis Laboratory at PVAMU. In addition, she has supervised and served on 21 master’s and Ph.D. committees. She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), IEEE Women in Engineering, and Eta Kappa Nu.

Obiomon earned a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from UTA, an M.S. in Engineering from Prairie View A&M University, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University. Before coming to PVAMU, she taught courses at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Obiomon also worked in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

She is a native of Hempstead, Texas and is married with four children.


SCRF Panel: "Career Paths in Computing"

Moderator: Dr. Carter Tiernan (UTA)
Panelists: Dr. Mayowa Awe (Lockheed Martin), Jane Chapell (Raytheon), Geeth Chettiar (Lockheed Martin Fellow, retired), Wei Li (Google), Dr. Fillia Makedon (UTA)

Dr. Mayowa Awe

Dr. Mayowa Awe is currently a Senior Research Engineer at Lockheed Martin Corporation working in data analytics. She received an Honors Bachelors degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) in May 2015, followed by a PhD in Mathematics from UTA in May 2019. Dr. Awe is a published author with research articles in notable journals and is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, LSAMP Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship, and Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Scholarship. Dr. Awe enjoys teaching, public speaking, and mentoring. Through speaking engagements, she seeks to encourage the next generation of STEM scholars and expose diverse audiences to the versatility of mathematics.

Jane Chappell

Jane Chappell retired from Raytheon Corporation in 2019 after 36 years in the defense and aerospace industry. She worked as a software and systems engineer before moving into program management and business development. She was Vice-President of Business Development for 6 years for a $6B business within Raytheon and retired as Vice-President for Global Intelligence Solutions, a $2B mission area, delivering very large software systems for the DoD, Intelligence Community, International Allies and Commercial Space based customers. She graduated with a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Western Kentucky University.

Geeth Chettiar

Geeth Chettiar is a retired Lockheed Martin executive. During her 28 year tenure at LM she a variety of positions in program management, software development, business development and human resources. She held roles as Vice President, Director, Senior Program Manager and Senior Technical Fellow. She earned both her Masters and Bachelors degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Maryland, College Park. She is currently involved in a number of community activities including volunteering at Harris Methodist Hospital, Academy4 Westcliff school and Boys & Girls Club of Fort Worth. She is also on the Board of Trustees of Trinity Valley School and UT Arlington College of Engineering Advisory Board. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and son. She grew up in Potomac, MD outside Washington, D.C. with her parents and two sisters. Geeth enjoys traveling, cooking, teaching, yoga and giving back to the community.

Wei Li

Wei Li Wei Li is a software engineer at Google. She has been working on bringing end to end speech recognition models to Google’s products, including Google Assistant, Live Caption, Recorder. She has also been working on natural language understanding research problems with sequence to sequence models. Wei has published papers in major NLP and speech conferences including ACL, Interspeech, ICCASSP. Before joining Google, Wei was a research assistant intern at Max Planck Institute and obtained her bachelor degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Dr. Fillia Makedon

Dr. Fillia Makedon is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Texas Arlington (UTA) and Director of the Heracleia Human Centered Computing Lab ( She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University (1982). She has done pioneering work in the areas of Human Computer Interaction, Machine Learning and applications in Assistive Technologies. She has received major funding from the US National Science Foundation in studying human performance. She is author of over 300 peer-review papers and chairs the PETRA conference ( on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments. She currently supervises 8 Ph.D. students and several MS and undergraduate students on projects that include human robot collaboration (HRI), simulation studies using multisensing for human activity monitoring and building technological innovations that improve the quality of life.

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SCRF - a festival for all UTA students in computing
February 17, 2020

Funding for the Event Provided By

National Center for Women and Information Technology

Microsoft Research

Other Sponsors

Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin is a Platinum Sponsor

IEEE Fort Worth Section is a Gold Sponsor

Arlington Sunrise Rotary Club is a Gold Sponsor

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