Our keynote speaker is TeAirra Brown, a Ph.D. Candidate in Industrial Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. TeAirra’s research interests include human centered design, augmented reality, engineering education, and user interface design.
Since coming to Virginia Tech, TeAirra has significantly contributed to the academic and professional climate of the university. Through her tireless work in her courses and research, extensive involvement in mentoring and diversity programs, and her active participation in the Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), she endeavors to make a positive difference every day. To commend her work, she was recently honored with the Graduate Achievement Award by BGSO at their 19th Annual Ebony Affair. Like the courageous women of Hidden Figures, TeAirra’s accomplishments show her dedication to forging a career in science and technology and to giving back to her community.
TeAirra Brown's mom always pushed her to do her best, nurturing her interests in science and mathematics. Growing up in Portsmouth, Va., TeAirra learned the transformative power of working to achieve a worthy dream. Now she is close to the point of launching a career doing what she has always loved – using technology to help young people learn and explore.