Dr. Suzi Iacono is the Head of the Office of Integrative Activities (OIA) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Since she joined NSF in 1998, she has served in many leadership roles, including Acting Assistant Director in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Deputy Assistant Director for CISE, Senior Science Advisor, Acting Division Director in Computer and Network Systems (CNS) and Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS), and Program Director in IIS.
Prior to coming to NSF, she held a faculty position at Boston University School of Management, was a visiting scholar at the Sloan School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was a research associate at the Public Policy Research Office at the University of California, Irvine.
Over the years, she has written journal articles, book chapters and conference papers on social informatics, an area of interdisciplinary research and education that integrates aspects of computer and social sciences. Dr. Iacono received her PhD from the University of Arizona in information systems and her MA and BA from the University of California, Irvine in social ecology.
Monya A. Ruffin
Monya A. Ruffin is the Program Lead for the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Program in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources in the Division for Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). She is also a Program Director for several Programs including Discovery Research preK-12 (DRK12), Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST), and the Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES).
In previous roles as the Deputy Director of Research for The McKenzie Group and as a Project Direct and Senior Research Analyst at the American Institutes of Research, Dr. Ruffin led and supported numerous education quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation efforts and technical assistance initiatives geared towards improving STEM education at all levels. For nearly two decades, Dr. Ruffin has led collaborative education initiatives in formal and informal settings for various government agencies, corporate organizations, State Education Agencies, colleges and universities, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, school districts, and community-based organizations.