N.C. A&T to Celebrate 127th Founders Day March 22

tonya_smith-jackson-300.jpgGREENSBORO, N.C (March 16, 2018) - North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will hold its annual Founders Day convocation program, from 10 a.m. – noon, Thursday, March 22, in Harrison Auditorium. Tonya Smith- Jackson, Ph.D., CPE will deliver the keynote address. 

Smith-Jackson is chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at N.C. A&T. She joined the university in 2013 and is currently a program director at the National Science Foundation as part of the NSF Rotator program. 

At N.C. A&T, Smith-Jackson directs the Human Factors Analytics Lab, co-directs the laboratory for Cyber-Human Analytics Research for the Internet of Things and is former director of the Center for Advanced Studies in Identity Sciences. Her current research focuses on cyber-human systems, cognitive ergonomics and mixed data modeling to develop systems that empower caregivers, older people and persons with disabilities, provide support for security and privacy and protect the nation’s cyber infrastructure. She has over 160 peer-reviewed publications and has secured $16.4 million in external research funding. 

Having chosen a career in academia, Smith-Jackson focuses heavily on the development and success of future engineers and scientists. She has advised to completion 20 doctoral students, 34 M.S. thesis students, 15 M.S. project students, 47 undergraduate researchers and four high school researchers. 

Smith-Jackson earned her Ph.D. in psychology/ergonomics and M.S. in interdisciplinary psychology/ergonomics and industrial engineering from North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Several alumni will also be recognized during the Founders Day program on behalf of their respective colleges for their professional accomplishments. 

Founders Day celebrates A&T’s history of exceptional academic achievement, learning, discovery, heritage and community engagement. To allow students and the university community to fully participate in this important event, classes will be suspended from 10 a.m. – noon.