Keynote Address

Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg
is Professor of 
Computer Science and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Administration for the College of Computing and Informatics at UNC Charlotte. Teresa has over 25 years of experience in computer science and engineering - as an academic researcher, educator and administrator; research center director; industry developer, and intellectual property consultant. Teresa is founding Director of the Diversity in Information Technology Institute, a research center that has created a set of pipeline programs for student recruitment, education and broadening participation from K-12 through graduate school. She is co-founder and director of the STARS Alliance, a national community of practice for student-led regional engagement. Teresa leads the STARS Alliance efforts to scale from 20 to 50 colleges and universities by 2016. Teresa created the Socially Relevant Computing Research Experiences for Undergraduates program; the Pathways from Community College to Graduate School scholarship program; and the Computing Scholarships for Ph.D. Students program. Teresa leads the national formation committee for the Association of Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Broadening Participation (ACM SIGBP). She serves as an expert consultant with the National Science Foundation CISE Education and Workforce Programs. As a Computer Science professor, Teresa’s research and teaching focus on areas of communications networking, computing education, and broadening participation. Teresa received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University. She worked as a hardware and software development engineer for the IBM Corporation for ten years, before joining the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.