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Amber Johnson Is First Black Woman to Earn Ph.D. in CS at Purdue


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Purdue CS Ph.D. Amber Johnson

Amber Johnson says that Raquel Hill, the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in computer science from Harvard, "got me right with my dissertation."

Credit: Purdue University

Amber Johnson made history this month by becoming the first African American woman to earn a doctorate in computer science from Purdue University.

Her doctoral research at Purdue involved using computer science to help people suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). Her work calculated "how soon we should give antibiotics and for reviewing historical data to determine the best treatment," she told JSU University Communications.

Johnson credits former Jackson State University professor, Charles Bland, for introducing her to research and encouraging her to apply to the Louis Stokes Mississippi Alliance for Minority Participation, a program aimed at increasing the number of students completing STEM baccalaureate degree programs and the number qualifying graduate studies.

Johnson plans to work in Northrop Grumman's Future Technical Leaders program.

From U.S. Black Engineer
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