2021 Richard A. Tapia Award Recipient
Dr. Jamika Burge
Dr. Jamika D. Burge leads the Experiences Products and Platforms Design team at Capital One. Her team designs learning and research insights for multiple customer and platform experiences, at scale, including Eno, the conversational AI. She is the co-founder of Capital One’s Intersectional Symposium, which focuses on intersectionality as fundamental to exploring the dimensions of how our lived experiences matter in the products and experiences we create for each other and customers, and she contributes to the Fair and Responsible AI Principles initiatives. At Capital One, she is also a member of the Blacks in Tech (BIT) Leadership team, where she leads strategic operations that measure the efficacy of professional development opportunities for Black associates and allies. Prior to joining Capital One, she served as a tech consultant to DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, in the Information Innovation Office. While there, she provided technical and management consult for innovative DARPA programs which were funded at over $70M. She is an authority in research and programming that investigates the intersectionality of black women and girls in computing, which led her to co-found blackcomputeHER.org (pronounced ‘black computer’), an organization dedicated to supporting computational thinking, design thinking, and workforce development for Black women and girls in computing+tech. Jamika is also Founder and Principal of Design & Technology Concepts, LLC, a tech consultancy that focuses on computer science education & research and inclusive design. She has consulted for Google, the National Center forWomen in Technology (NCWIT), the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, among others. She is also affiliated with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) as a research scientist consultant. Jamika holds a PhD in computer science and applications from Virginia Tech. She and her work have been featured in the New York Times and ComputerWorld, she was recognized by HackBright Academy as a Top Tech Leader to Watch.
Dr. Burge serves on the advisory board for the Center for Minorities and People with DIsabilities in IT (CMD-IT) (since 2015), the Virginia Tech Alumni Advisory Board for the Computer Science Department (since 2017); the Friends of Technology Advisory Board (Advisors to the President), at Grambling State University (since 2019); and the Center for Inclusive Computing, at Northeastern University (since 2020). She is a graduate of Fisk University and holds a PhD in Computer Science from Virginia Tech. In addition to serving as a research and industry practitioner, she has also been a computer science professor at several HBCU’s, including Spelman College, North Carolina A&T State University, and Howard University. In 2020, she began serving on the National Academy of Science Committee on Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women of Color in Tech.