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American Roboticist, entrepreneur and educator
Dean, The Ohio State University School of Engineering
Ayanna Howard began her “dream career” as a summer intern at NASA. That internship led to a job with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she successfully developed a Mars rover with artificial intelligence to explore Martian terrain, and collect and analyze data. More recently, Howard has been working to combine her interests in robotics and artificial intelligence to design and create robots that can help children with disabilities — a goal she’s had since she watched “The Bionic Woman” at age eleven. Howard is currently dean of The Ohio State University College of Engineering.