Women in Technology (WIT) have named Elizabeth Mynatt, a Distinguished Professor in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, as a finalist for WIT’s 2020 Women of the Year in STEAM Award. She is one of three finalists in the technology category for this annual WIT sponsored Women of the Year award held in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mynatt is also the executive director of the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT), a University System of Georgia Regents' Professor, and the director of the Everyday Computing Lab.
At Georgia Tech, her research includes supporting informal collaboration and awareness in office environments, enabling creative work and visual communication, and augmenting social processes for managing personal information. She is also one of the principal researchers in the Aware Home Research Initiative; investigating the design of future home technologies, especially those that enable older adults to continue living independently as opposed to moving to an institutional care setting.
Over the past 15 years, Mynatt’s research has focused on the role of ubiquitous computing in health. She’s worked with several partners, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Columbia Medical, to understand the design and adoption of socio-technical computer-based systems that enable people to alter their behavior as a means of improving their health. She’s currently a principal investigator on the MyPath project, an application that provides breast cancer patients with personalized recommendations during their cancer journey. The National Cancer Institute has sponsored the research, and it was also featured in a report to President Barack Obama by the President’s Cancer Panel.
Mynatt is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of ubiquitous computing and assistive technologies.
This year, the WIT 2020 Women of the Year in STEAM Award event will be held as a virtual gala on November 12. The WIT Awards celebrate female visionaries, ground-breakers in business and remarkable leaders who make a difference in the Atlanta community. The Coca-Cola Company is the title sponsor of the event.
Previous WIT Women of the Year Award winners from Georgia Tech include:
Lynn Fountain, GTRI Principal Research Scientist - 2019
Sherry Farrugia, Chief Operating & Strategy Officer for the Children’s Healthcare
of Atlanta Pediatric Technology Center at Georgia Tech - 2018
Maryam Alavi, Dean of Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech - 2017
Jill Gostin, GTRI Principal Research Scientist - 2016
Leanne West, Chief Engineer of Pediatric Technology at Georgia Tech - 2014
Lora Weiss, Chief Technology Officer and Deputy Director for Research for GTRI - 2012
Margaret Loper, GTRI Principal Research Scientist - 2010