Ayanna Howard, a professor who holds the Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Chair in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, was appointed to lead the university’s School of Interactive Computing. From 1993 to 2005, Dr. Howard was a senior robotics researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
In accepting the appointment, Dr. Howard stated that “I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with the amazing faculty, staff, and students within the School of Interactive Computing. They are already national leaders in some of the most important fields of modern computing, and I look forward to building on that foundation and continuing to pursue research and innovation that addresses real challenges facing our world today.”
Dr. Howard is a graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.