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Dr. Afrin Naz

Dr. Afrin NazDr. Afrin Naz is an Associate Professor at the Computer Science and Information Systems department at West Virginia Institute of Technology. She received her PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of North Texas. She received more than 20 grants and authored numerous conference and journal papers. Dr. Naz is the Google Ambassador in West Virginia and arranged 5 face to face and online Computer Science workshops for k12 teachers at West Virginia. She is the funding Director of STEM Summer Academy of Girls in West Virginia and has also organized more than 10 workshops and camps for K-12 teachers and students. She serves as the Program Chair Elect of the 125th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition and serves on the Strategic Committee of West Virginia Department of Education. She is the director of West Virginia affiliate of NCWIT (National Center of Women and Information Technology), an ABET IDEAL scholar and West Virginia TECH Golden Bear Scholar. Dr. Naz is also the funding director of EMPOWERS (Establishing Mentoring Pipeline of Women through Education and Research in STEM).

Dr. Mingyu Lu

Dr. Mingyu Lu

Mingyu Lu received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1995 and 1997 respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002. From 2002 to 2005, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the Electromagnetics Laboratory in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was an assistant professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington from 2005 to 2012. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, West Virginia University Institute of Technology in 2012 and he is currently an associate professor. His research interest includes wireless power transmission, radar systems, microwave remote sensing, antenna design, and computational electromagnetics. He was the recipient of the first prize award in the student paper competition of the IEEE International Antennas and Propagation Symposium, Boston, MA in 2001. He served as the chair of Antennas and Propagation Society of IEEE Fort Worth Chapter from 2006 to 2011. He is currently serving as the treasurer of IEEE West Virginia Section. 

Tommi Kenneda

Tommi KennedaTommi Kenneda is from Oceana WV and graduated Westside High School in 2018. She is currently a junior studying computer science at West Virginia University Institute of Technology and is also a part of the Rocket League Esports team. Once she obtains her degree, she plan on pursuing my dream of working with bio-prosthetics and exoskeletons.

Cody Zackoski

Cody ZackoskiCody is currently a senior at West Virginia University Institute of Technology studying Computer Science and Information Systems. In the past, he has assisted with research on implementing low-cost high-performance computing (HPC) clusters. In addition to that research, he has developed curricula for courses designed to train WV public school teachers in project-based learning (PBL) as well as courses designed to equip WV public school teachers to teach computer science electives in their classrooms. In addition to developing curricula for these courses, he recorded numerous videos, assisted with online delivery, and provided continuing in-school support for the teachers involved. Upon graduation, he plans to enter the workforce and pursue a career in software development or IT administration.

Additional Team Members

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Chase Broyles, Jordan Bowen, Mardigon Toler