Dr. Siobahn Grady’s remarkable journey began as the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in Computer Science from North Carolina Agricultural
and Technical State University in 2018. Currently, she serves as an Assistant Professor and Program Director of Information Science/Systems
at the School of Library and Information Sciences at North Carolina Central University. Notably, she heads the Laboratory for
Artificial Intelligence and Equity Research (LAIER), co-directs the Center for Data Equity (CODE), and holds the title of an Office e-Learning
faculty fellow at the same institution.
A passionate researcher, Dr. Grady delves deep into the application of machine learning, targeting misinformation on social media and enhancing
fault detection in autonomous vehicles. However, her pursuits are not confined to academic corridors; she is a vocal advocate for bolstering
the representation of women and minorities in computer science. Recognizing the pronounced gender and racial disparities in STEM, she aspires
to foster confidence in these groups, aiding them in sculpting a robust STEM identity. As an esteemed AAAS IF/THEN ambassador, Dr. Grady is
at the forefront of instigating change, both through hands-on research and community outreach.
Her accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. Dr. Grady’s insights have illuminated national and international conferences, and her legacy is
immortalized in the world’s largest exhibit of women’s statues. Furthermore, museums across the country have celebrated her contributions.
Her vision for an inclusive future in technology is realized by promoting educational opportunities across multiple platforms – from community
organizations to academic research and philanthropic endeavors. Demonstrating her commitment to the future of STEM, Dr. Grady has established
six merit-based, STEM-centric endowed scholarships at prominent HBCUs within the University of North Carolina System, effectively easing the
financial strain on deserving students.
Her unwavering commitment to excellence in education is evident in her array of Quality Matters Certifications, including Master Reviewer,
Peer Reviewer, and several Facilitator roles. Dr. Grady’s influence stretches to numerous board and advisory positions outside academia,
including the Winston-Salem State University Foundation and the National Girls Collaborative Project. She also proudly associates with several
esteemed organizations, like the Alpha Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and both the Winston Salem State University and
North Carolina Central University National Alumni Associations as a life member.
With a dedication that transcends the classroom and a vision that seeks an inclusive future, Dr. Grady continues to shape the trajectory of women
and minorities in STEM.
her research, Dr. Grady enjoys broadening participation in computing by volunteering to teach what she hopes will be the next generation of computer scientists. If she
can change what the perception of a woman in STEM looks like then other women will hopefully know they belong here too.
IF/THEN® is part of Lyda Hill Philanthropies’
commitment to fund game-changing advancements in science and nature. IF/THEN® seeks to further advance women in STEM by empowering current innovators and
inspiring the next generation of pioneers. Rooted in a firm belief that there is no better time to highlight positive and successful female professional
role models, IF/THEN® is designed to activate a culture shift among young girls to open their eyes to STEM careers.