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Lockheed Martin Keynote:
Live, Love, Research: Developing Health Informatics Technologies to Leave the World Better than I Found It

She has achieved success when she has lived well, loved much and researched with passion. (modified from Elisabeth-Anne Anderson Stanley’s What Constitutes Success)

Katie Siek (Indiana University Bloomington)

Abstract: In this talk, I will discuss how my life events empowered me to consider a career in science, technology, and engineering that could help others. Specifically, I will talk about two projects – one that assists low socioeconomic families improve their snacking and another that helps people create their own wearable and ambient health sensing systems. I will conclude with a vision where we use sociotechnical systems for preventative care measures by helping people understand how health is part of their everyday lives.

Katie Siek

Biography: Dr. Katie Siek is a professor and chair of Informatics at Indiana University Bloomington. Her primary research interests are in human computer interaction, health informatics, and ubiquitous computing. More specifically, she is interested in how sociotechnical interventions affect personal health and well being. Her research is supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Science Foundation including a five-year NSF CAREER award. She has been awarded an NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award (2019), a CRA-W Borg Early Career Award (2012), and Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance Distinguished Visiting Fellowships (2010 & 2015). Prior to returning to her alma mater, she was a professor for 7 years at the University of Colorado Boulder. She earned her PhD and MS at Indiana University Bloomington in computer science and her BS in computer science at Eckerd College. She was a National Physical Science Consortium Fellow at Indiana University and a Ford Apprentice Scholar at Eckerd College.

SCRF Panel: "Career Paths in Computing"

Moderator: Carter Tiernan (UTA)
Panelists: Mayowa Awe (Lockheed Martin), Shahina Ferdous (Facebook), Jeff Smith (QuantumIOT), Allison Sullivan (UTA)

Mayowa Awe

Dr. Mayowa Awe is a Senior Data Analyst at Lockheed Martin Corporation. She received an Honors Bachelor’s 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.

Shahina Ferdous

Dr. Shahina Ferdous is a Machine Learning Software Engineer at Facebook. She completed her PhD from the Department of Computer Science & Engineering of University of Texas at Arlington in 2012 under the joint supervision of Dr. Fillia Makedon and Dr. Leonidas Fegaras. Her PhD research was based on application of data mining in a pervasive assistive environment. Before Joining Facebook, Dr. Ferdous worked at Microsoft (Azure and AI Research) for more than five years and built large scale distributed systems/models to provide intelligent sales recommendations with meaningful explanations. At Facebook, Dr. Ferdous works on developing state of the art modeling techniques to improve click prediction and offsite conversion for Ads. She focuses on adopting ML theories to solve real life large scale problems and specializes in data mining, machine learning, wireless sensor networks.

Jeff Smith

Dr. Jeff Smith is no stranger to emerging technologies. As a scientist for Motorola, The Robotics Institute, and the SuperCollider he has worked on wireless sensor and control systems – from autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles to particle accelerators. Dr. Smith is an entrepreneur, innovator and visionary. He was the co-founder of several technology companies including one of first internet service providers (OnRamp/Verio) and four in the emerging Internet of Things (SensorLogic, Geomoto, Ublip, and QuantumIOT). He is currently the Managing Partner of QuantumIOT. Previously He was the CTO of Catapult Health driving the future of preventive care in telemedicine, and Chief Technology and Strategy Officer and Board Member at Numerex (NASDAQ), a leader in IOT. Dr. Smith has a B.S. in Engineering from Trinity University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics from The University of Texas at Arlington. At UTA Jhe was the Project Manager on the winning team of the AUVS First International Flying Robot Competition in 1991. Dr. Smith has over 25 patents. In 2006 he received The International Community award from the Ewing B. Kaufmann Foundation. This award recognized his social entrepreneurship mission in Honduras. Dr. Smith is a Distinguished Alumni at The University of Texas at Arlington and serves on the Presidents Advisory Board, and the Advisory Board of the College of Engineering and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. For fun, he spends his time at his cabin in the Rocky Mountains, and farm (with a 2000 SqFT robot maker space) in East Texas. He has a bride of 23 years, a 19 year old son, and mini Australian Shepherd named Harley. https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffreyosmith/

Allison Sullivan

Dr. Allison Sullivan is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Professor at North Carolina A&T State University (Aggie Pride), the largest historically black college in the US. 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.

Mentors for Speed Mentoring

Mayowa Awe

Jamila Evilsizor is a user experience researcher focused on creating human centered experiences through a lens of inclusivity & accessibility. Using qualitative and quantitative research methods, she works to prove the validity of potential or existing product solutions while balancing the need to ensure the goals of the user stay top of mind. Over the last 12 years, her journeys have taken her from managing software products at a BNSF Railway to spending a summer performing research at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to helping advance inclusive and accessible research & design practices at Sam's Club. Through it all she has learned how to identify people's day to day challenges, and design tools and processes that naturally complement the human experience.

Mayowa Awe

Jessica Willingham has been in Cybersecurity for five years at Southwest Airlines where she has held several roles including Incident Response, Threat Intelligence, and Risk and Compliance. She is very active in the Aviation Information Sharing and Analysis Center (A-ISAC) where she is a lead for the Fraud Prevention Working Group and a member in several others. Jessica graduated in December 2015 from UT Arlington with a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Systems and participates on the Advisory Board for the UT Arlington Department of Computer Science and Engineering. She lives with her husband and two cats, Evey and Peko, and loves to bake on the weekends.

Dr. Jeff Smith (see above for biography and photo)

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.

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SCRF - a festival for all students in computing
February 21, 2022

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