UTSA's Kudithipudi named ELATES fellow in national leadership program – utsa.edu

Dhireesha Kudithipudi is a fellow in Drexel University’s ELATES program.
OCTOBER 24, 2022 — Dhireesha Kudithipudi, founding director of the MATRIX AI Consortium for Human Well-Being and UTSA’s Robert F. McDermott Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been named a fellow of Drexel University’s Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science (ELATES) program.
The ELATES program is a national leadership development program that promotes women in academic STEM fields and faculty allies of all genders into institutional leadership roles.
As a leader in the field of artificial intelligence, Kudithipudi, who joined UTSA in 2019, focuses on cultivating an inclusive artificial intelligence (AI) workforce. She has led cross-disciplinary graduate programs in AI-related fields and outreach efforts to advance women and underrepresented students in AI career paths with support from Xilinx’s Women in Technology (WIT) Programs.
Kudithipudi was nominated by senior leadership for this intensive, yearlong program, which includes eight to 10 hours per week of personal and leadership development training as well as three series of on-site work in the Philadelphia area. 
“I am thrilled to be part of an incredible cohort of women STEM leaders. The first quarter of ELATES has been an immersive and stimulating learning experience. I am looking forward to learning more in the coming quarters.” Kudithipudi said. “I am thankful to the UTSA leadership for nominating me, especially to Dr. JoAnn Browning.”
Kudithipudi’s expertise centers on methods of computer engineering modeled after systems in the human brain and nervous system, energy efficient machine learning and brain-inspired AI— applications of human intelligence replicated into AI systems and robotics. At the helm of the MATRIX: AI Consortium, Kudithipudi is responsible for bridging AI research expertise in the greater San Antonio region and for developing a strategic research plan for future growth.
Facilitated by leaders in the fields of STEM research and leadership development, the ELATES curriculum focuses on increasing fellows’ personal and professional leadership effectiveness, from the ability to lead and manage change initiatives within institutions, to the use of strategic finance and resource management to enhance organizational missions. Ultimately, it aims to create a network of faculty who bring broad organizational perspectives and deep personal capacity to the institutions and society they serve.
Kudithipudi is joining a cohort of 30 faculty members from over 25 higher education institutions across the United States and Canada. The ELATES fellows include experts in engineering, mathematics and science, all of whom have significant administrative experience and scholarly accomplishments.
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