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Siobahn Grady

About Siobahn Grady

Siobahn is the first woman Computer Science Ph.D. graduate from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (2018). She is an Assistant Professor of Information Science/Systems in the School of Library and Information Science at North Carolina Central University and an Office e-Learning Faculty Fellow at North Carolina Central University. Her research focuses on utilizing machine learning to identify sources of misinformation on social media and toward improving fault detection in autonomous vehicles. Dr. Grady advocates increasing the number of women and minorities in computer science.

What lessons have you learned in your STEM journey?

I have learned and continue to learn numerous lessons throughout my STEM journey. One significant lesson that I have learned is trusting and appreciating the journey. When I think about all that I have been through to get to this very point in my career, the ups and downs were paramount to building my character. My past experiences prepared me for my future in STEM. Although the downs were often grim, they taught me resilience. Possessing resilience and tenacity have allowed me to push through those moments in my STEM journey, ultimately leading me to my breakthroughs.

What has been a critical factor in your success?

Having a solid work ethic has been crucial to my success. Over the years, a quote has stuck with me: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard" by Tim Notke. Success isn't resting on your laurels. To be successful, you must continuously strive.

What advice do you have for students and young professionals in STEM?

Keep striving! The work you do today will result in the rewards you benefit from in the future.

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