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Dr. Manuel A. Pérez Quiñones is Professor of Software and Information Systems at UNC Charlotte, and a Visiting Professor at the Center for Inclusive Computing and Khoury College of Computer Sciences. His research interests include HCI, CS education, and diversity in computing. He holds a DSc from The George Washington University and a BA & MS from Ball State University. He has published over 100 refereed articles, and supervised 10 PhDs and many MS students. Before joining UNCC, he worked at Virginia Tech, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, Visiting Professor at US Naval Academy, and as a Computer Scientist at the Naval Research Lab. He is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

He has held several administrative positions in academia, including: Associate Dean of the College of Computing and Informatics at UNCC, Associate Chair of the CS Department at VT, and Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Director of the Office for Graduate Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives at VT.

He is an NSF CAREER Awardee (1998) and a featured TEDx UNCC speaker (2020). In 2011, he was recognized with the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service (College of Engineering, Virginia Tech). He has received numerous recognitions for his service in diversity in computing, including: ACM Distinguished Member for his contributions to Computing Education (2019); CRA A. Nico Habermann Award for his contributions aimed at increasing the numbers and/or successes of underrepresented members in the computing research community (2018); Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science and Diversifying Computing (2017).

He served as chair of several conferences (ACM Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference and the SIGCSE Technical Symposium). He serves on the SIGCSE Board, Advisory Board for CMD-IT, Steering Committee for BPCNet.org, Technical Consultant for the Center for Inclusive Computing at Northeastern and a Member of the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine at the National Academies.