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Alexandra Medina-Borja

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(703) 292-7557
(703) 292-9013
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Program Director, Human-Centered Engineered Systems

Program Responsibilities:
Future Manufacturing (FM)
Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Core Research (FW-HTF)
Ideas Lab: Personalized Engineering Learning (PEL)
Mind, Machine and Motor Nexus (M3X)


Alexandra Medina-Borja is an expert on the effective design and analysis of human-centered smart/intelligent service delivery systems. Dr. Medina-Borja first came to NSF in 2012 as a program officer in the Directorate for Engineering, and became the founding Interim Head of the Evaluation and Assessment capability for the whole agency. From 2014-2017, Alexandra  managed the Partnerships for Innovation, Building Innovation Capacity Program focusing on Smart Service Systems. From 2018 to 2023, she held several positions and roles in the STEM Education Directorate. She was appointed Executive Secretary for the Sub-Committee of STEM Education of the Future of EDU’s Advisory Board. Dr. Medina-Borja also managed the organization of the STEM Education 2026 and Beyond initiative, a national conversation about the future of STEM Education in the country; was the lead program officer for the S-STEM program in the Division of Undergraduate Education and acted as Deputy Division Director for the Division of Graduate Education. Dr. Medina-Borja is also one of the founding program officers that spearheaded the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier core research program since 2016. In April of 2023, Dr. Medina-Borja became the program officer for human-centered engineered systems initiatives in the Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) in NSF’s Directorate for Engineering.