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ADMI 2013 :: Speaker Bio's
Dec. 9, 2023
Ms. Stephanie Barr
BarrStephanie A. Barr, Diversity Coordinator for the Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), received a BS in mathematics with physics minor in 2007. She is currently a graduate student in curriculum and instruction at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research focuses on mentoring and sense of belonging as they relate to issues of access, recruitment, retention, and support of non-traditional and underrepresented populations. Ms. Barr's interdisciplinary expertise allows her to effectively build new and support existing partnerships between NCAR and several distinct partner communities: K-16, university research, minority serving institutions, community colleges, and the public. As a member of the Outreach Services Group, she plays a central role in conducting targeted visits to STEM departments to assess the potential for mutually beneficial collaborations, and supporting CISL scientists and staff as they carry out the lab's mission to actively seek, train, mentor, and integrate diverse new talent at NCAR and in STEM fields.
Dr. Loretta A. Moore 
MooreDr. Loretta Moore was recently appointed to the position of Associate Vice President for Research and Scholarly Engagement at Jackson State University (JSU) located in Jackson, Mississippi. Her portfolio includes the Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement. Dr. Moore is the Principal Investigator on a grant from the National Science Foundation's ADVANCE program, which is aimed at advancing the careers of female faculty in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines as well as the Social and Behavioral Science (SBS) disciplines. The project's overall purpose is to transform the institution's climate to promote equal opportunities for the advancement of all faculty. Dr. Moore serves as a Commissioner for the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. She is a member of the Board of the Association of Departments of Computing at Minority Institutions; previously served on the U.S. Army Science Board; and currently holds membership in ACM, IEEE, and AAUW organizations. She is active in the recruitment, retention, and promotion of African-American Computer Scientists and actively supports the professional advancement of both students and faculty. Dr. Moore received her B.S. degree in Computer Science from Jackson State University and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology.
Dr. Rich Loft
LoftRich Loft (Atmospheric Sciences) is Director of the Technology Development Division (TDD) in the Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) at NCAR. He is responsible for research in applied computer science, visualization and enabling technologies, and earth system modeling infrastructure. TDD operates the Earth System Grid (, a federated data system for distributing CMIP climate model intercomparison data.
Dr. Ted Mims
MimsDr. Ted Mims has over forty years of successful experience as a teacher and administrator. He serves as Chair of the Computer Science Department at the University of Illinois at Springfield. In August of 2003, he was promoted to the rank of professor. Recently, his focus has been on providing leadership for the Computer Science Department as enrollments have increased. He has successfully introduced systems security and information assurance into the computer science curriculum. His main areas of teaching are systems security and information assurance, operating systems, networks, and parallel processing. He has continued his professional development taking formal advanced graduate course work, NSF sponsored courses and workshops, Microsoft and Cisco classes and attending conferences.
Dr. Mims is a successful teacher and administrative leader. His success is documented by the recognition he has received from local, state and national organizations. He has served as an external evaluator for associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs. In 2003, he was selected to serve as a Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) on the $2,997,615 NSF/ATE funded Regional Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA) grant that was renewed for an additional four years in 2006. He continues to serve as a CSSIA Co-PI on the $1,877,252 newly funded NSF/ATE grant for the National Resource Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance. He is actively seeking community college, university and private sector partners to participate in the CSSIA grant.

Dr. Mona Rizvi
RizviDr. Mona El-Kadi Rizvi is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Norfolk State University. She received her Ph.D. and B.S. degrees from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Before entering academia, she worked in industry as a software developer for 19 years. Her research interests include computer science education, pervasive computing, and QoS in wireless networks.


Dr. John Sands
SandsDr. John Sands has been a professor of Information Technology at Moraine Valley Community College for 26 years. He has a Ph.D. from Colorado State University School of Education and a MA from Governors State University. Dr. Sands is the legal main contact at the Moraine Valley Community College CATC. He has served as the principle investigator on the NSF ATE project #9950037 as well as a Co-PI for the Center for System Security and Information Assurance, one of the country's first comprehensive Centers for Advanced Technology Education. Dr. Sands holds several industry certifications including CISSP, CCIA, CCNP, MCSE, and CCNA. He has also authored several text books, white papers and lab manuals and has been invited to speak at many national conferences, including the League for Innovation –CIT conference, the NSF PI conference, the NCATC annual conference and the AACC Annual Convention. Dr. Sands has also worked at Cisco Learning Institute as a senior researcher in technical education.

Dr. Cheryl Seals
SealsDr. Cheryl Seals is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department at Auburn University. Dr. Cheryl Seals is an assistant professor in Auburn University's Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. She received her B.S. from Grambling State University, M.S. from North Carolina A&T State University and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech with all of her degrees in the area of Computer Science. Dr. Seals studies the area of novice programmers utilizing visual programming techniques, user interface design projects to improve interaction design, and game design & development and the dimensions games can add to computer literacy. She has a vested interested in programs that are community centered, increase diversity in technology, and targeted at helping today's youth strive for a better tomorrow. Seals continuously works with programs that provide computer interventions for students in the elementary, middle and high schools in the local area.

Dr. Mary Lou Soffa
SoffaMary Lou Soffa is the Owen R. Cheatham Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia and served as Department Chair from 2004 to 2012. From 1977 to 2004, she was a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh and also served as the Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences from 1991 to 1996. Her research interests include optimizing compilers, virtual execution environments, software testing, program analysis, software security, and performance for multi-core architectures. Soffa received the ACM/IEEE Ken Kennedy Award in 2012 and the Anita Borg Technical Leadership Award in 2011. She is an ACM Fellow and an IEEE Fellow. In 1999 she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring the same year. She received the Computing Research Association (CRA) Nico Habermann Award in 2006. She had directed 30 Ph.D. students to completion, half of whom are women, and over 60 M.S. students. She currently serves on ACM Council and ACM Publications Board.


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