I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Computer Science program at Virginia Tech. Dr. Manuel Perez-Quinones and Dr. Glenda Scales are my academic advisors. In May 2011, I received my Masters degree in Computer Science with a focus in Human-Computer Interaction from Virginia Tech. Prior to attending Virginia Tech, I received my Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Norfolk State University in 2006. While at Norfolk State University, I participated in summer internship programs at Rice University, NASA, and IBM. My academic awards include a Dozoretz National Institute for Mathematics and Applied Sciences (DNIMAS) scholarship in 2002, a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship award in 2007, and a United Negro College Fund Google Scholarship in 2013.
My dissertation research investigates the attitudes of African American middle school girls toward computer science and the factors that influence these attitudes. In addition to my dissertation research, I am also interested in tablet PCs and how they support various learning styles and collaboration in the classroom. Previously, my other research interests have included Hyper-drama Story Authoring and Child Creativity, Embodied Interaction, Tangible Interaction, Multimodal Interfaces, and Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning.
I currently work with the Instructional Technology Team at Virginia Tech, where I provide faculty and student assistance on tablet PC integration in the higher education classroom. Working as an Instructional Technology Team member has helped me to realize my passion for teaching others about technology. See my events page to learn about future speaking engagements and training sessions.