Graciela Perera

Associate professor, Computer Science Department, Northeastern Illinois University
Executive Council, Advancing Diversity in Technology

Graciela Perera is an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Northeastern Illinois University. She currently, volunteers as Board Member of the Hispanic Innovation Center Foundation in efforts to build the computing and technology capacity of the Hispanic community and businesses in Chicago. During Spring 2012, Graciela Perera was a visiting professor at University of Texas at El Paso. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of South Florida. Her current emphasis is discovering applied experimental approaches towards modeling Internet attacks and defenses. Her research has produced more than $300,000 in funding, including over 12 peer-reviewed publications. She has been involved in efforts to increase the participation of women, minorities, and Hispanics. She was the recipient of the 2011 Estrella de LUNA award from Ohio’s Latinas United Networking Association. This award is given to a Latina in the community who exemplifies generosity and dedication to Hispanics and the community. Additionally, implementing collaborative activities inside and outside the classroom allows Graciela to actively engage her students, colleagues, and community in the process of learning and research. She is the founder of the first student Affinity Research Group at Youngstown State University and is part of the Computing Alliance for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI). She received a grant from the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission to increase Hispanics in computer science and has served in numerous panels to promote diversity.