Dr. Jamie Smith is an associate professor in the computer science department at a southeastern university. Her research areas of expertise are human computer interaction, user interface design, usability evaluation and educational gaming technologies. Smith also works with outreach initiatives to improve computer science education at all levels. The programs are focused on increasing the computing pipeline by getting students interested in STEM disciplines and future technology careers.
Dr. Johnson received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from a top university in the Midwest, his M.E. in Computer Science and Engineering from a top university in the northeast, and his B.S. in Computer Science and Computer Information Systems in a southeaster university. He is currently an Associate Professor within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at a R1 university. In 2008, he helped form the Center of Advanced Studies in the Identity Sciences (CASIS) which is the Office of the Director National Intelligence’s first science and technology based Center of Academic Excellence (CAE).
His research interests include Biometrics / Identity Science, Machine Learning Based Cybersecurity, and Signal / Image Analysis. Prior to becoming a faculty member, Dr. Johnson was a Director of Central Intelligence postdoctoral fellow. His postdoctoral research focused on the development of advanced iris recognition systems using high resolution sensors. His current research projects include applications of deep-learning to identity science, mobile device usage based biometric identification, and author attribution (stylometry).
Dr. Teresa Thompson is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering at a leading southeastern university in Alabama. Dr. Thompson is also Director of a lab that focuses on creating culturally relevant computing technologies. Her research interests include exploring the development of computational algorithmic thinking, promoting access to healthcare information and services for under-served populations, improving reasoning using expert cases, scientific reasoning, complex cognitive skills learning, and computer-supported collaborative learning.
She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer & Information Science with a minor in Mathematics from a top-tier HBCU. In 2006, Dr. Thompson was conferred a Ph.D. in Computer Science with a specialization in the Learning Sciences and Technology from a leading technical university in the southeast, where she was a Presidential Fellow, National Physical Science Consortium Fellow, tutor, mentor, and Research Assistant.
Dr. Thompson has received many awards throughout her career including a National Science Foundation’s Award, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, a Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Junior Faculty Member, and a Presidential Award for Scholarly Achievement by a Junior Faculty Member. Dr. Thompson has received over $500k in funding to support her research.
Dr. Monica Williams serves as the director of assessment technology product and research for a well-known consortium at a university on the west coast. She oversees a popular suite of open source software as well as leads efforts to identify, prioritize, and manage system requirements using a user research approach.
Williams has served as a technical and research program management professional to a number of educational and government organizations, which is complemented by her teaching experience at the college level. Her research interests lie in human-computer interaction (HCI), specifically in the design of technologies that support a range of communication and interaction needs. She uses a variety of user research methods (attitudinal and behavioral; qualitative and quantitative, etc.) to assess user behavior, needs, and motivations. She is active in computer science education and STEM preparedness efforts, providing expertise for a host of funded programs funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Computing Research Association (CRA), including those seeking to broaden participation in computer science. Williams holds a Ph.D. in computer science, with a focus on human-computer interaction (HCI) from a prominent university in the northeastern United States.
Dr. John Watkins is an American computer scientist, researcher, inventor, and educator. A staunch advocate of diversity in the computing sciences, Watkins successful efforts to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the computing disciplines have been recognized by professional engineering organizations and the United States government. In honor of both his accomplishments and his service to the university, Watkins was awarded the first Presidential Endowed Chair at a leading university in the southeast in 2012. As a result of Dr. Watkins efforts, that same year, he was responsible for bringing 10% of the African American computer science professors, and 10% of the African American computer science doctoral students in the United States. In 2014, Dr. Watkins serves as the an Endowed Chair and the Chair in his department. Dr. Watkins is the first African American chair in his Department at a top R1 institution.
Dr. Watkins received his B.S. in Systems Analysis, M.S. & Ph.D in Computer Science from two prominent universities in the midwest.
Dr. Jones is a graduate of a top northeastern HBCU. He received his electrical engineering master’s and doctoral degrees from Stanford University. Dr. Jones learned as much as possible about computer science because he quickly discovered that engineers also need to be experts in computer programming to be able to simulate their projects before building them.
Brian Baker, a native of Atlanta, Ga., received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from a top engineering HBCU in 1998. He received his Masters and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from a top technical southeastern University in 1999 and 2003, respectively. Dr. Baker has served as a Guest Editor for MONET and is currently an Associate Editor of 2 prominent STEM research journals. His research interests include network security, wireless networks, network traffic characterization and performance, and critical infrastructure security. He’s received the National Science Foundation CAREER award and was selected for DARPA’s Computer Science Study Panel. He is a member of AAAS, ASEE, a lifetime member of NSBE, a senior member of IEEE, and an ACM Distinguished Scientist.
Kirsten Jenkins (“KJ”) is an Associate Professor of Practice at prestigious R1 southeastern institution .She received her masters and doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab where her doctoral work involved designing and implementing technology-infused learning environments for children.
She likes combine the ideas of constructionist learning and affective computing to create a new system to address the emotional needs of teenaged girls. She designed and implemented an innovative new technology that brought together state-of-the art common-sense machine learning with theories of human learning and constructionism. While building this system, she collaborated with the Future of Learning Group on “The City that We Want” project in which learners build computational models for how they would like to improve their communities.
KJ received a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from two top Florida colleges. Where she worked on developing algorithms in Matlab for predicting the possibility of student success in entry-level electrical engineering courses.
KJ has been profiled in the American Association for Advancement in Science website profiling African American Scientists; Engineer Your Life, geared towards encouraging young women to pursue engineering careers; and WGBH’s Science City. Trinity Broadcasting Network, Science Update Radio Program, National Public Radio, and Under the Microscope have also recognized her work. Currently, she is an Institute for the Advancement of Healthcare Scholar and a Diverse Issues in Higher Education Emerging Scholar.