Loretta Cheeks

Loretta Cheeks GEM 2014 FOTYwRevolutionary, outspoken, and dedicated, are all words that describe the essence of Loretta H. Cheeks.  Her devotion to advancing technology, STEM K-12 outreach, and disability and women’s advocacy has been the driving force behind her passion for pursuing a PhD.  Loretta is a full-time Ph.D. graduate student as an Adobe Foundation GEM Fellow at Arizona State University, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering in the Department of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering.

Computer Science Ph.D. Student
Loretta.Cheeks@asu.edu

Her research focuses on news frames of conflict over dynamic complex problems and its’ migration path across online social networks: current complex problem being water insecurity in the Southwest region of the United States.  This problem is grounded in data mining, network theory and graph theory.  Her advisor is Professor Dr. Arunabha Sen.  Prior to starting a Ph.D. program, she enjoyed a rich  career as a principal engineer with roles as systems, software and project lead.  She has developed, deployed, and led various teams within the communications, radio, avionics, instrumentation & control and chemical industries for Fortune 500 corporations.  Loretta was selected as the 2014 GEM Fellow of the Year, an award that recognizes the significant contribution of a graduate student.

Loretta is a leader and active member of  her community and is deeply committed to programs aimed at increasing STEM student interest, particularly in communities that are under-served and under-represented.  Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Loretta earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Southern University A&M and a Masters of Business Administration degree in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix.

Education

M.B.A., Technology Management, University of Phoenix
M.S., Computer Science, Southern University and A&M College
B.S., Computer Science, Southern University and A&M College

Research interests

Her research focuses on news frames of conflict over dynamic complex problems and its’ migration path across online social networks: current complex problem being water insecurity in the Southwest region of the United States. This problem is grounded in data mining, network theory and graph theory.

LinkedIn

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