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Session Moderator:  Dr. Shanqing "SQ" Yin is the Assistant Director of Human Factors & Systems Design at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Singapore, as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School. He pioneered the application of human factors towards improving local healthcare, and served as the nation’s first healthcare human factors specialist. Currently, SQ applies his expertise to advance the workplace well-being of healthcare professionals, and promote a robust understanding of patient experiences. SQ holds a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. 

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Dr. Derrek B. Dunn is the Dean of the School of Business and Technology, and a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Technology, at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) in Princess Anne, MD ( Before returning to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Dr. Dunn held administrative positions at Alabama A&M University, North Carolina A&T State University, and Savannah State University.

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Nell Koneczny, CPACC is a hearing, sighted, physically disabled, and neurodivergent, queer, white woman. She is a disability rights and justice activist and has spearheaded and supported accessibility initiatives in academic, student, activist, and association spaces. Nell completed her Master of Science in Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Bachelors of Art in Anthropology and European Studies at Vanderbilt University. Currently, Nell leads accessibility and accommodation initiatives at the American Anthropological Association (AAA) as the first Accessibility & Meetings Manager for that association.

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Lisa Paz (she/her) is the Senior Director of Engagement and Advocacy for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). She is a Citizen of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma as well as Comanche and Mexican American. Her department oversees the AISES membership, chapters, student representative program, regional conferences, and advocacy efforts. She has been with AISES since 2012 in various capacities. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She is currently working on her Master of Public Administration degree at UNM.


Tonya Smith-Jackson, PhD, CPE is a research engineer with extensive academic leadership experience, including a stint as a program director at the National Science Foundation. She has worked for North Carolina A&T State University since 2013, originally as a professor and chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, as well as the founder/director of the Human Factors Analytics Laboratory. She is currently serving dual roles as Senior Vice Provost and Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. She presently serves on a variety of committees and boards.


Dr. Chris Wilkie is the CEO at SHPE, a nonprofit member organization devoted to leading Hispanics in STEM. Always listening and learning, Chris is committed to diversity and inclusion and catapulting SHPE to its rightful place as a nationally renowned organization. He has spent his 20+ year career serving nonprofits with various missions and audiences and these experiences have made him skilled at implementing transformational strategies. In addition to his advanced degrees, Chris holds professional certifications in executive management; nonprofit fundraising; governance, risk, and compliance; and leadership.