NSF AAAS Science and Technology Policy (STP) Fellows



Dr. Regina Pope-Ford
Directorate for Engineering
Division of Electrical, Communications & Cyber Systems
Class of 2019-2020

Regina Pope-Ford, PhD joins NSF as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Division of Engineering Education and Centers, Engineering Education Research Program.  Prior to joining NSF, she served as an Assistant Professor of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering & Technology at Bradley University.  Pope-Ford received her BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, a MSEIE in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University, and a PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University with a concentration in Human Factors.  Her research includes the study of musculoskeletal disorders in dentistry, the impact of mobile technology on the musculoskeletal system of children ages 10-12, and the effects of shift work on nightshift workers.  She has over 25 years of industry experience in design, test, analysis, and project management. 

Pope-Ford has a passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and is an advocate for diversity and the inclusion of underrepresented groups in engineering and all sciences.  This passion is demonstrated through her organization of summer enrichment camps for K-12 learners; her work as co-owner of Science & Math Innovators Inc. (SMI), a STEM nonprofit providing elementary and middle schoolers immersive STEM experiences; as well as her work to establish the West Side Alumni Foundation (WSAF) for West Side Leadership Academy in Gary, Indiana and service on the board of the Gary Alumni Pathway to Students (GAPS). 



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