Dr. Amarda Shehu is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science in the Volgenau School of Engineering with affiliated appointments in the Department of Bioengineering and School of Systems Biology at George Mason University. She is also Co-Director of the Center for Advancing Human-Machine Partnerships (CAHMP), a Transdisciplinary Center for Advanced Study at George Mason University. Dr. Shehu obtained her Ph.D. from Rice University in 2008. Dr. Shehu’s research focuses on novel algorithms in artificial intelligence and machine learning to bridge between computer and information science, engineering, and the life sciences. In particular, her laboratory has made many contributions in bioinformatics and computational biology regarding the relationship between macromolecular sequence, structure, dynamics, and function. Dr. Shehu has published over 120 technical papers with postdoctoral, graduate, undergraduate, and high school students. Dr. Shehu is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, and her research is regularly supported by various NSF programs. Dr. Shehu is also the recipient of the 2018 Mason University Teaching Excellence Award, the 2014 Mason Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award, and the 2013 Mason OSCAR Undergraduate Mentor Excellence Award. She is particularly proud of awards recognizing research and scholarship by the undergraduate and high school students she has mentored over the years. Dr. Shehu currently serves as Program Director of III at the National Science Foundation.