Jamika Burge
Biography
Dr. Jamika D. Burge is a lead for the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Design team that supports the conversational agent, Eno, at scale, at Capital One. In her role, she is head of Conversational

Artificial Intelligence Insights (CAI+I), where she leads learning and research for conversational AI, developing insights that inform our understanding of human experiences, for our customers and our design, product, and technology development teams. 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. 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 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 & design thinking and workforce development for black women and girls. She has consulted for Google, the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT), and the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). 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.

Through additional scholarship, Jamika serves as co-PI for the NSF-funded Building Student Retention through Individuated Guided coHort Training in CS (BRIGHT-CS) project, which is developing a CS ecosystem for girls of color in the New York City and Northern Virginia metro areas. She is also co-PI for Girls Rock TECH!, which, in partnership with Black Girls ROCK!, is developing a leadership curriculum that combines computational thinking with a powerful cultural and gender empowerment model for middle and high school girls.

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 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. She is also affiliated with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) as a research scientist consultant.
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