Dr. Loretta A. Moore is a proven academic and a demonstrated thought leader where her experiences span academia, private industry, and the Federal Government. She currently serves as a Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Jackson State University (JSU). She recently served as an Executive-level Expert and completed a four-year rotation as the former Section Head for the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) in the Office of Integrative Activities, Office of the Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Prior to joining NSF, Dr. Moore served as Vice President for Research and Federal Relations at JSU, where she increased the research competitiveness of JSU, and as Associate Vice President for Research and Scholarly Engagement, where she successfully enhanced the careers of JSU faculty members across all disciplines through the Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement. Dr. Moore also served as Interim Associate Dean for the College of Science, Engineering and Technology and as Chair of the Department of Computer Science, a position she held for thirteen years. She has also held positions at Auburn University, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Army Research Laboratory, NASA Kennedy Space Center and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.
Dr. Moore’s current research focuses on uncoding coded bias in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Systems and strategies for increasing research competitiveness for individuals, institutions, and jurisdictions. In addition to her research contributions in Artificial Intelligence and Human Computer Interactions, she is recognized for her expertise in addressing issues related to barriers and bias in broadening the participation of underrepresented groups in the scientific enterprise. As a former NSF Principal Investigator at an Historically Black University, her research portfolio included the JSU Advance project, focusing on advancing the careers of female faculty members in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and Social and Behavioral Science disciplines. Her achievements in leveraging diversity and equity to advance a globally diverse STEM workforce and promoting institutional change for inclusive and equitable STEM environments contributed to her appointment to the congressionally mandated Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering. Her expertise in Computer Science led to her appointment to NSF’s Advisory Committee for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure and an appointment to the U. S. Army Scientific Advisory Board.
Dr. Moore received her B.S. degree in Computer Science from Jackson State University and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology.