Today’s Young Black Women in Computing Honoree is Amelia Henderson. Amelia is the Research Chair for Spelbots. She is a junior dual degree computer science and computer engineering major from Stone Mountain, Georgia. She has done summer research in the Human-Automation Systems (HumAnS) Lab at Georgia Institute of Technology as well as the Humanoid Engineering and Robot Systems (HERS) Lab at Spelman College. Amelia plans to have a career as a software engineer in which one of her goals is to develop educational software especially for those who may have learning disabilities. In her spare time, she enjoys mentoring to others, watching movies, and playing video games. Congratulations Amelia on being an inspirational young women in computing and technology.
Today we are honoring Dr. Ayanna Howard. Dr. Howard began her collegiate education at Brown University where she received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering, she continued her education receiving her M.S.E.E. from the University of Southern California, and her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 1999. Dr. Howard’s research is centered around humanized intelligence. The unique accomplishments of Dr.Howard have been documented in over 12 featured articles – including being named as one of the world’s top young innovators of 2003 by the prestigious MIT Technology Review journal and in TIME magazine’s “Rise of the Machines” article in 2004. From 1993-2005, Dr. Howard was at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, where she led research efforts on various robotic projects utilizing vision, fuzzy logic, and neural network methodologies. After working at NASA, Dr. Howard began teaching at Georgia Tech in 2005. To date, she is the founder of the Human-Automation Systems (HumAnS) Laboratory, a member of the Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at Georgia Tech and serves as the robotics Ph.D. program coordinator. Dr. Ayanna Howard is a very accomplished woman and a wonderful role model for young women in computing and technology.
Today’s Young Black Women in Computing Honoree is Spelbots Social Media Chair Breoshshala Martin. Originally from Winnsborro, South Carolina, Breoshshala is in her third year as a Dual Degree Computer Science Computer Engineering major. This driven young lady began interning as a rising sophomore at the Biomedical Engineering facility at The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa. This past summer, she had had the opportunity to intern at Automated Logic Corporation as a Software Configuration Team intern and plans to inter with the Boeing Company this summer. When she is not working hard at work in the Spelbots lab, problem solving with the programming team or encouraging youth to get involved in computing as a mentor, Breoshshala enjoys spending her spare time hanging out with friends and playing video games. Needless to say Breoshshala is a hard working young lady with many wonderful achievements and is well deserving of this honor.