Dr. Valerie Taylor is the holder of the Royce E. Wisenbaker Professorship and is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. She was designated as a Regents Professor for 2011-12 by the Texas A&M System Board of Regents in November of this year.
Dr. Taylor is the former Department Head of Texas A&M's Department of Computer Science and Engineering, serving in that role from 2003 until 2011. She is also the Executive Director of the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in IT (CMD-IT), a 501(c )(3) non-profit organization with a vision of contributing to the national need for an effective workforce in computing and IT through synergistic activities related to minorities and people with disabilities.
Dr. Taylor earned her B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and M.S. in Computer Engineering from Purdue University in 1985 and 1986, respectively. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1991. From 1991 through 2002, Dr. Taylor was a member of the faculty in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Northwestern University. Among her many awards are the Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science, and Diversifying Computing; the MOBE Influencers and Innovators of the Internet and Technology; and the Harriet B. Rigas Education Award. She has authored or co-authored over 100 papers in the area of HPC. Dr. Taylor is a member of ACM.