In 2014, Chinyere Nwabugwu became the third black woman in the history of Stanford University to earn a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.
Dr. Nwabugwu’s foundation was laid in Nigeria and in the Netherlands. Her desire to develop her skills and contribute to the good of society motivated her to move to the United States in 2003. In 2006, she graduated with a double major in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a double minor in Computer Science and Mathematics from Louisiana State University (LSU). She was the youngest graduate of the College and class valedictorian. After her graduation, she worked as an Automation Engineer for Chevron in Bakersfield, California for about two years. Dr. Nwabugwu then proceeded to Stanford University where she completed a Masters and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. During her tenure there, she founded the Stanford Graduate Students in Electrical Engineering organization. Following the completion of her Ph.D., she returned to Nigeria for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). One of her greatest accomplishments was implementing a community development service project – the renovation of a public elementary school. This project impacted the lives of almost 200 children, many of whom were displaced by Boko Haram.
Dr. Nwabugwu is currently a Medical Image Analysis and Machine Learning Researcher at IBM Research. In collaboration with Watson Health Imaging, her team is building a cognitive assistant to aid clinicians in decision making. Within her community, she mentors high school girls through the Girls Who Code program and encourages girls who are interested in male-dominated fields to follow their dreams.