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Piyush Mehta is an assistant professor of aerospace engineering and space systems at the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University. He’s an expert in astrodynamics, machine learning and space weather — conditions caused by solar winds, explosions on the sun’s surface, and other solar phenomena.
Veena Dubal is a law professor at the University of California’s Hastings College of Law and an expert on the intersection of employment and labor law, technology and work in the precarious gig economy.
An Xiao Mina works on program strategy and operations at Meedan, a technology nonprofit that builds software for newsrooms and NGOs to improve the quality of information online. She’s an expert on digital creative culture and how memes influence protest movements and politics.
Shashi Shekhar, a McKnight Distinguished University Professor at the University of Minnesota, is a leading scholar of spatial computing (think Google Maps, Uber and geotagging) and Geographic Information Systems. That’s the technology at the center of efforts to use smartphone apps to help trace the spread of COVID-19.
Nat Gyenes is a researcher who focuses on the intersection of the Internet and public health. She leads the Digital Health Lab at Meedan, a technology nonprofit, and studies health and technology as a research affiliate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.
César A. Hidalgo leads the Collective Learning group at the MIT Media Lab and is an associate professor of media arts and sciences at MIT. He is an expert on data visualization, physics, and economics. Hidalgo’s work focuses on understanding how teams, organizations, cities and nations learn.
Delaram Kahrobaei is chair of cyber security in the department of computer science at the University of York and the director of York Interdisciplinary Centre for Cyber Security. She has adjunct appointments at the City University of New York and New York University. Kahrobaei is an expert on cybersecurity, cryptography, information security and data science.
Alvaro Bedoya is the founding director of the Center on Privacy and Technology and a visiting professor at Georgetown Law. He is an expert on digital privacy issues, and his research focuses on how commercial data collection and government surveillance affects people of color and immigrants.
Sarah J. Jackson is Presidential Associate Professor and co-director of the Media, Inequality & Change Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. She studies how media, journalism and technology are used by and represent marginalized groups, with a focus on how communication arising from Black, feminist and activist spaces contribute to U.S.
Tristan Walker is a technology entrepreneur who aims to diversify the tech industry by recruiting top young Black and Latinx talent to Silicon Valley. In 2012, he left his position as director of business development at Foursquare to found Walker & Company, which creates beauty products for people of color.
Deen Freelon is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media. He’s an expert on political expression through digital media and using data science and computational methods to analyze large digital datasets. Freelon is the creator of ReCal, an online application used by researchers worldwide.
Arun Sundararajan is a professor and the Robert L. and Dale Atkins Rosen Faculty Fellow at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He is an affiliated faculty member at NYU’s Center for Urban Science+Progress and Center for Data Science. Sundararajan’s research program studies how digital technologies transform business and society.
Tressie McMillan Cottom is an associate professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; a senior research fellow at the Center for Information, Technology and Public Life (UNC); associate faculty at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center; and 2020 MacArthur Fellow.
Derrick L. Cogburn is an associate professor at the School of International Service and the Kogod School of Business at American University. His research interests include global information and communication technology, socio-economic development, and institutional mechanisms for global governance of ICTs (information and communications technology).
Pedro Domingos teaches computer science at the University of Washington. His research spans a wide variety of topics in machine learning, artificial intelligence and data science, including scaling learning algorithms to big data, maximizing word of mouth in social networks, unifying logic and probability, and deep learning.
Shaundra “Shani” B Daily is an associate professor of practice in electrical and computer engineering and computer science at Duke University. Her research focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of technologies, programs, and curricula to support diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM fields.
Patricia Williams is a professor at Northeastern University’s law school and in the department of philosophy and religion. She is an expert in critical race theory, bioethics, health law, gender, genetics, algorithms and other topics.
Freeman Hrabowski has been president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, since 1992. In 2012 President Obama named him to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans, and his leadership has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, Time and The Washington Post.
Charles Isbell is the dean of Georgia Tech’s College of Computing, a professor of interactive computing, executive director of the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing, and an expert in artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Armando Fox is a professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. His focus is at the intersection of digital learning, programming systems, and software engineering, and he co-designed and co-taught Berkeley’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on engineering software as a service, which has certified more than 10,000 students.
Victor McCrary is vice president for research and graduate programs at the University of the District of Columbia, an HBCU and the only public university located in Washington, D.C. He is vice chair of the National Science Board. McCrary’s background is in physical chemistry and technology.
Neal Sáles-Griffin is managing director of the tech accelerator Techstars Chicago and a venture partner at MATH Venture Partners. He is an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering.
Amir Muhsin Abo-Shaeer is an American teacher and mechanical engineer. In 2001, during his first year of teaching, he established the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy (DPEA) on the Dos Pueblos High School campus. In addition to being the director of the DPEA, he teaches physics, engineering, robotics, machining and manufacturing.
Laura Donnelly, founder and CEO of Latinitas, a digital magazine empowering Latina youth through media and technology, told KUT she wants to teach young Latinas to replace negative media representations of Hispanic women with their own visions of success. “You ask a 9-year-old Latina girl, she knows that she is not officially represented in media.
Hiawatha Bray is a reporter and columnist covering technology and the tech industry for the Boston Globe’s business section. In 2001, Bray was the recipient of an Overseas Press Club award for his series on telephone and internet access in Africa, “Wiring Africa.