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Yemaya C. Bordain

Yemaya C. Bordain
Yemaya C. Bordain - PhD '15
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Dr. Yemaya Bordain describes herself as a serial problem-solver and all-around tech nerd. Those who know her, call her a trailblazer. She was the first African-American woman to receive a Doctorate in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During her graduate studies, she made considerable efforts toward creating a more inclusive environment for underrepresented minorities in the College of Engineering, including co-founding the Graduate Engineers Diversifying Illinois student organization.

After earning her Ph.D., Yemaya joined Intel Corporation, where she developed health wearables before returning to her true passion in aerospace and defense.

Yemaya now leads global sales for Intel’s embedded military, aerospace, and government business in the Internet of Things Group, where she enables technology advances that create and maintain a safe and secure world. In her role, Yemaya has driven record growth, including growing the business into new markets and regions.

Yemaya holds patents in microelectronics and is the architect of solutions that are changing the commercial aerospace and defense markets. Throughout her career, she has endeavored to create bridges between cutting-edge technology and its application to solve real-world problems.

Yemaya lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband and two children. Her thought leadership in the role that the IoT plays in enabling safe and secure autonomy has made her a sought-after speaker.