What is Blacks In Technology?
Blacks In Technology is a tech focused community and media organization focused on increasing diversity in technology. Blacks In Technology’s mission is to increase visibility, participation, and change the perception of people of African descent in technology through community focused activities, events and media. Blacks In Technology (BIT) is “Stomping the Divide” by establishing a blueprint of world class technical excellence and innovation by providing resources, guidance and issuing a challenge to our members to surpass the high mark and establish new standards of global innovation.
“Stomping the Divide”
The BIT Team
Greg Greenlee is the Founder of the Blacks In Technology organization. He works as a Systems and Network Engineer and has spent over 15 years in the Information Technology field. His experience includes networking, IT security, systems administration, virtualization/cloud computing, and storage administration. He has obtained several industry recognized certifications including his CCNA Security certification, as well his degree in Computer Network Engineering. His love for technology is only surpassed by his desire to create change within the black community with regards to technology. This is why Greg founded the Blacks In Technology organization. His ultimate vision is to create an online technology hub where knowledge and experiences can be shared, news and information can be obtained, relationships can be forged, and a community can grow.
Michael Jenkins is a graduate of Iowa State University with BS and MS degrees in Computer Engineering. Over the past 20 years, he has worked with a variety of technologies including integrated circuit design and infrastructure automation. Recently, Michael has worked to automate deployments for high-traffic websites in a variety of industries including automobile sales, life sciences, and pharmaceuticals. Michael is an AWS Certified Solutions Architect at the Associate level and is also versed in other cloud technologies. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and lives in the Los Angeles metro area.
Dr. Danielle P. Smith (Adviser – Blacks In Technology)
Dr. Danielle P. Smith is a Human Factors psychologist specializing in user research, marketresearch, and user experience design. Her academic research focused on risk perception, medical Human Factors, Human-Systems Integration processes, and the design of safety communications to aid in decision-making. Her systems approach to research program development helps to ensure results are both human-centered and relevant to business problems. Dr. Smith has experience in a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods. As aHuman Factors engineer and User Experience professional, her toolkit also includes requirements management, information architecture creation, wire-framing, and prototyping.
Dr. Smith has extensive industry experience focusing on complex technology development. She has led funded Human System Integration research projects for NASA’s Exploration Program. Her work has appeared in the Handbook of Warnings, Advances in Patient Safety and the publications of IEEE, Society of Human Resource Development, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the International Ergonomics Society, and the Journal of Biomedical Informatics. Her designs for Dell’s Data Protection client encryption and user authentication products are currently in market.