Kelly Gaither

Kelly Gaither · TEDxNIU 2017

Brought up by educators, Kelly was raised in an era of innovation and change. She has seen the birth and death of space flight, Alan Turing’s introduction of the modern programmable computer, and science fiction that dares to explore time travel, mind control and technology beyond our wildest imaginations. She is inspired to work at the intersection of creativity, imagination, science and engineering to improve the human condition. She is a Senior Research Scientist, Director of Visualization and Interim Director of Education & Outreach at the Texas Advanced Computing Center at The University of Texas at Austin. She received her Bachelors/Masters in Computer Science from Texas A&M University and a PhD in Computational Engineering at Mississippi State University. That PhD (a mix of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Engineering) taught her the promise of interdisciplinary research, the value of understanding the why before being taught how, and her deeply buried skills in mathematics. In this TEDxNIU talk, she will talk about being a lifelong dreamer in a field rooted in the tangible, breaking through boundaries as a women in her field, what science will look like in the future, and the impact pushing through limits has had on her career.