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.