Dr. Sarah Lee

Mississippi State, MS, US
Field of Work 
Computer Science
Software Engineering
University of Southern Mississippi
Job Title or "Student" 
Director of the School of Computing Sciences & Computer Engineering
University of Memphis
Computer Science
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
Sarah Lee joined the faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi in an administrative role as Director of the School of Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering in August 2020. This follows nine years at Mississippi State University where she served on the faculty and in leadership roles since 2011, including her most recent appointment as Assistant Department Head in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Since leaving a 19-year information technology career at FedEx to return to academia, Sarah has worked to create awareness and programs that encourage more women to enter computing pathways and persist into computing majors and careers. In 2016, she and Dr. Vemitra White were awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science grant (NSF INCLUDES 1649312). Part of an national initiative to increase U.S. leadership in STEM, the Mississippi Alliance for Women in Computing (MSAWC) engages stakeholders throughout the southern US to leverage, strengthen, and create awareness of existing programs and create new programs for young women in computing across Mississippi. Goals of MSAWC include recruiting women to computing pathways, retaining them in computing degree programs, and assisting them with the transition to the workforce.
Race & Ethnicity 
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, Field trip participation, In-school visit, Online role model, Summer camp visit
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model many times.
No Preference
Career exploration activities, Field trip hosting, Fun demonstrations or materials, Identifying other role models, Online Mentoring (email or Skype)
Program Affiliation 
NGCP Collaborative FabFem, NCWIT, Other
Other Program Affiliation 

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