Innovative academic leader with over 20 years of experience developing and implementing comprehensive programs, innovation initiatives and organizational transformation. - Passionate technologist with Ph.D. in computer science and engineering, attracting several million external grants as principal or co -principal investigator. -Professional expertise: Program development. Partnership development. Capacity building of the team. Operational excellence. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access (DEIA) Strategies. -Respected public ambassador for partnership and community engagement. -Honored as one of the region's "40 Leaders Under 40" (Charlotte Business Journal 2015) and 50 Most Powerful Women and (Mecklenburg Times 2009).