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Kirsten Ray is a leader in software design and development with 28 years in the STEM field. She is a proud graduate of Spelman College, where she earned her BS in Computer Science. She has a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Bowling Green State University. In addition to her love of technology she is a singer, songwriter, and musician. Kirsten is also an active member of Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has always been passionate about sharing her knowledge and talents with young people and is excited to be teaching at her first PHAT conference.
Dr. Olivia D. Underwood is a native of Brent, Alabama. Underwood received her B.S. and M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 2008 and 2009, respectively. In 2015, she became the first African-American to receive her Ph.D. from the Materials Science program at The University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Recently, she was awarded the 2019 Black Engineer of the Year – Science Spectrum Trailblazer Award. This award is given to “men and women actively creating new paths for others in science, research, technology, and development.” In March 2019, she was also awarded the 2019 Dr. Frank Crossley Diversity Award, which “recognizes an individual who has personally overcome personal, professional, educational, cultural, or institutional adversity to pursue a career in minerals, metals, and/or materials. She was also selected to be a part of the 2019 40 under Forty Class by Albuquerque Business First. Dr. Underwood is also an active member with the Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.