N.C. A&T Professor Named Program Director at National Science Foundation

tonya_smith-jackson-300.jpgGREENSBORO, N.C. (Feb. 16, 2018) -- In its latest partnership with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has tapped Tonya Smith-Jackson, Ph.D., to serve as a program director for the Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate’s Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS). This position is a part of the NSF Rotator program.

Smith-Jackson, a professor and chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the North Carolina A&T College of Engineering, will focus on supporting the NSF’s mission to advance discovery and knowledge creation in science and engineering.

In this temporary role, she will provide leadership to the CISE/IIS Directorate and work to advance research in cyber-human systems and human factors.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve my university and my country in this way,” Smith-Jackson said. “Indeed, the opportunity to be a rotator, while challenging, has far reaching implications for North Carolina A&T Aggies, and I hope to see more Aggies taking advantage of similar opportunities.”

During her appointment, Smith-Jackson also looks forward to facilitating more inclusion in science and engineering research and funding, as well as working with others at NSF to broaden participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs.

“The presence of HBCUs at the table, defining, directing, and creating research agendas is absolutely needed, she said.

“We need more HBCU rotators at NSF. It is an important service, and we should be willing to step forward to help this great federal agency and our country overall,” Smith-Jackson added.

Smith-Jackson’s tenure is set to run through Feb. 4, 2019. After that, she will return to A&T.