In 2014, Dr. Chinyere Nwabugwu became the third black woman in history to earn a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University
A native of Nnobi, Anambra State, Nigeria, Dr. Nwabugwu’s foundation was laid in Nigeria and in the Netherlands. Her desire to develop her skills and contribute to the good of society, motivated her to move to the United States in 2003. In 2006, she graduated with a double major in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a double minor in Computer Science and Mathematics from Louisiana State University (LSU). She was the best graduating student of the LSU College of Engineering, youngest graduate of the College, and class valedictorian. After her graduation, she worked as an Automation Engineer for Chevron in Bakersfield, California for about two years. Dr. Nwabugwu then proceeded to Stanford University where she completed a Masters and a PhD in Electrical Engineering. During her tenure there, she founded the Stanford Graduate Students in Electrical Engineering organization. Following the completion of her PhD, she turned down a lucrative job offer and opted to return to Nigeria for her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). One of her greatest accomplishments was implementing a Community Development Service (CDS) project – the renovation of a public elementary school. This project impacted the lives of close to 200 children, many of whom were displaced from Borno State, Nigeria due to the Boko Haram insurgency.
Dr. Nwabugwu is currently a Medical Image Analysis and Machine Learning Researcher at IBM Research. In collaboration with Watson Health Imaging, her team is building a cognitive assistant to aid clinicians in decision making. Within her community, she mentors high school girls through the Girls Who Code program and encourages girls who are interested in male-dominated fields to follow their dreams. She combines her love for Jesus, cosmetics, fashion, fitness, and music with her engineering career, and leads a balanced life. Time and time again, she is reminded that she can do all things through Christ who gives her strength (Philippians 4:13).