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18 Apr

Rita Orji

Dr. Rita Orji is Computer Science Prof. at Dalhousie University. Her research is in the area of Human-Computer Interaction with a strong focus on designing applications for promoting health and wellness. She has published over 90 peer-reviewed papers. Her work has won several prestigious awards and funding, including Canadian Government Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Discovery Grant, Banting Fellowship, Vanier Scholarship, the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Government of Turkey awards. Recently, she was recognized as one of the Top 150 Canadian Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Canada Top 100 Black Women to Watch, Top 60 African Women in STEM, and also won a Digital Leadership Award as a Women Leader in Digital Economy.  She was also named among the top 50 Young Most Influential Best Brains in Enugu State, Nigeria, in 2017 and she won the ISRII Rising Star Award and Dalhousie Research Excellence Award in 2019. Dr. Orji has been interviewed and featured in major media, including Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), StarPhoenix on account of her work. She gave an invited talk to the Canadian Parliament and also at a United Nations Commission on the State of Women’s Panel. Above all, Dr. Orji is a Champion of diversity and inclusion in STEM through her numerous activities and using herself as a practical example. She founded the Education for Women and the Less Privileged foundation. She is passionate about inspiring the next generation of female tech. leaders; promoting research excellence; and equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM.