Alicia Abella delivers commencement address

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May 13, 2011

In a well-received commencement speech delivered before the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering, Alicia Abella extolled the virtues of perseverance, hard work, and being open to opportunity.

Her commencement speech—Now that’s a Good Idea—was the college’s first by a woman.


Alicia Abella

Subject matter expert in social media, social networking, collaboration technologies, data analytics (IVR, Web, agent), spoken dialog systems

Dr. Abella is Executive Director of the Innovative Services Research Department, where she manages a group of multi-disciplinary technical staff specializing in data mining, user interfaces, IPTV, mobile services, SIP/VoIP technology.  In 2009 she was recognized by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute for her contributions in the area of green technology. In 2008 she became a member of the elite group of AT&T Science and Technology Medal award winners.  She was also a recipient of the 2008 Hispanic Engineers National Achievement Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement.  Dr. Abella has helped serve to increase the pool of women and minorities in science by serving as Vice President of the Young Science Achievers Program and chair of the AT&T Labs Fellowship Committee. Dr. Abella holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Columbia University, a M.S. in computer science from Columbia University and a B.S. in computer science from New York University.