Dr. Alicia Abella

Vice President, AT&T

Dr. Alicia Abella is Vice President - Integrated Planning and Program Management - AT&T Network Cloud & Infrastructure, where she drives the overall execution of the end-to-end planning, architecture, design, development and deployment of advanced network technologies across AT&T, including Software Defined Networking (SDN), Edge Computing, and Operational Automation. In 2013, Dr. Abella received Columbia University’s Medal of Excellence, an award given each year to an alumnus or alumna, under 45 years of age, whose record in scholarship, public service, or professional life is outstanding. This is the first time since 1929 --when the award was first given-- that Columbia has awarded the medal to an engineer. In 2011, she was selected by President Obama to be on his Presidential Advisory Commission for Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Also in 2011, she was inducted into the prestigious WITI (Women in Technology International) Hall of Fame. Besides her technical contributions, Dr. Abella has been a strong advocate in fostering the development of minorities and women in science and engineering as the Executive Vice President for the Young Science Achievers program. Following completion of her Ph.D. in computer science from Columbia University, Dr. Abella joined AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ where she began her work in the problem of natural language understanding and dialog management. She has over 30 patents granted.

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