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AT&T Scientist, Advocate Appointed to Presidential Advisory Committee on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

Alicia Abella, AT&T Labs

Dr. Alicia Abella, executive director of technical research at AT&T Labs and a top advocate for women and minorities to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math has been appointed by President Barack Obama to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

The commission will support the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and its Director Juan Sepulveda, and provide advice regarding the educational attainment of the Hispanic community. Members of the commission will represent a wide range of sectors, including science, business, education and the arts.

“I owe my professional success to my education,” Abella said. “[I] have made it my personal objective to help our youth reach adulthood with the educational background they will need to achieve their own version of the American dream.”

Abella earned her B.S. in Computer Science from NYU and her M.S. and Ph.D in the same subject from Columbia University. At AT&T Labs, she manages a group of researchers specializing in data mining, user interfaces, IPTV, mobile services, SIP/VoIP technology, and environmental sustainability.

She has used her status within the field of science to advocate for the entry of women and minorities into the profession, serving as executive vice president for the Young Science Achievers Program and chair of the AT&T Labs Fellowship Program. Abella will assist the commission in discovering new ways to to increase Latino educational attainment for the purpose of gaining a competitive edge in the future job market.

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