WAAW Foundation Founder Dr. Unoma Okorafor, Winner 2013 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) ABIE Award

WAAW Foundation Founder Dr. Unoma Okorafor, Winner 2013 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) ABIE Award

unoma02The Anita Borg Institute (ABI), is a nonprofit organization focused on the advancement of women in computer science and engineering, has announced the winners of the 2013 Grace Hopper Celebration ABIE Awards, to be presented at the 2013 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) on October 5 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

One of the winners is Dr. Unoma Okorafor, Founder and CEO WAAW Foundation a U.S. based 501(c) Non Profit organization whose mission is to increase the pipeline of African women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related disciplines, and work to ensure that this talent is engaged in technology innovation to benefit Africa.

The ABIE Awards gives the community of women technologists a chance to honor leaders in the categories of technology leadership, social impact, change agent, education, and emerging leader. Winners are nominated by their peers, and chosen by a panel of fellow technologists and past ABIE Award winners. This year, ABI received a record number of nominations for distinguished technologists in every category.

“The ABIE Awards are an important component of the Anita Borg Institute’s year-round mission to promote the advancement and contributions of women technologists,” said Telle Whitney, ABI’s president and CEO. “We value the women making significant research contributions, and working on the ground. These contributions help build a movement, and year after year, we look forward to acknowledging their achievements at our Grace Hopper Celebration, which represents the largest gathering of technical women in the world.”

The Executive Director of WAAW Foundation Mrs. Ebele Agu, who nominated Dr. Okorafor is very pleased with this achievement. She said, “Dr. Okorafor has worked tirelessly to ensure that the African buy provigil medication woman is empowered and encouraged to be creative and innovative using the readily available resources as seen in the just concluded WAAW STEM Camp held in Lagos, Nigeria where girls learned to build generators, robots and water purification system to enable them solve problems within their communities.”

“We at WAAW Foundation are honored to have our founder recognized for all her efforts and contribution to women in Africa.” Mrs. Agu said.

Dr. Unoma Okorafor, (Founder and President, WAAW Foundation)
Born and raised in Nigeria, she received her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Lagos in 1998. She received the M.Sc. degree from Rice University, Houston, TX in 2001, and her Ph.D. degree from Texas A & M University in August 2008, both in the Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is a 2009 graduate of INSEAD’s Social Entrepreneurship program and a 2010 graduate of Stanford Business School’s Executive education in Social Entrepreneurship. She was recently selected for the 2013 Anita Borg change agent award.

Her industry experience includes senior software engineer at the Education Technology Division at Texas Instruments, Dallas Texas. She has worked at Intel, HP and IBM research labs. Dr. Okorafor is a member of IEEE, ACM, SWE, NSBE and SPIE and has been the recipient of the Schlumberger’s Faculty for the Future Fellowship, Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the AAUW Engineering Dissertation Fellowship and the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship for promoting STEM education in middle schools. She is currently a partner at Herbal Papaya LLC and a visiting professor at the African University of Science and Technology, Abuja Nigeria where she has taught short courses at the Computer Science department.

Ebele Agu

Ebele is a certified Special Education Teacher in Texas and has recently finished a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas in Arlington. She has taught a diverse group of students in several Texas charter schools where she has mentored children from low socio-economic background. She has worked as a Management Consultant/Trainer; with training specialization in Leadership/Management and Interpersonal Skills, focusing on the Behavioral and Psychometric aspects of learning interventions. She is a PRINCE 2 Project Management Foundation expert and a Thomas International System Certified User. She is a volunteer Executive Director for WAAW Foundation.

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