Panel Discussion

2020 Panel Discussion

Panel Moderator

Dr. Rodica Neamtu

Associate teaching professor of Computer Science, WPI, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Bucharest Project Center

Dr. Neamtu is a data mining researcher who investigates how to develop and leverage ground-breaking techniques to explore time series datasets at the confluence of theoretical computer science and application domains like medicine, neuroscience, economics, transportation, and complex decision making. With more than fifteen years of teaching experience in various academic institutions, Dr. Neamtu is committed to using her love and talent for teaching and research to empower others through education to make a difference in the world.


Melanie Jutras

MITRE Corporation

Melanie is a seasoned professional with over 20 years experience in software engineering. As a lifelong learner, she holds BS and MS degrees in Computer Science as well as her most recent MS degree in Data Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Melanie works as a Data Scientist for The MITRE Corporation in Bedford, Massachusetts. Her areas of work and research have included Robust and Sparse Principal Component Analysis, anomaly detection and dimension reduction techniques applied in the cybersecurity and healthcare domain.


Jaya Shankar

Software Development Manager, MathWorks

Jaya Shankar leads an engineering team for compiling and generating efficient code for deep learning applications targeting hardware such as embedded GPUs and CPUs. In the past, she has worked on product development for C/C++ code generation and verification from MATLAB/Simulink products. She was a founding member of the GPU Coder product for generating CUDA code from MATLAB which won the 2018 Vision Product award at the Embedded Vision Alliance in the Software and Algorithms Category.  She has presented her work at many AI conferences including GPU Technical Conferences and at the Grace Hopper Conference 2019.  Prior to joining MathWorks, she graduated with a master’s in electrical engineering majoring in signal/image processing domain.

Monica Tlachac

PhD Candidate, Data Science, WPI