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Ayanna Howard

Robotics engineer

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga.

Ayanna Howard is associate professor and founder of the Human-Automation Systems (HumAnS) Lab at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her goal is to make robots better at helping people—better at not only gathering information, but also evaluating it. Her work at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab includes the SmartNav Mars rover, which is designed to be more independent in its explorations of the Red Planet. As well, her trio of Snomote rovers will collect data in regions of extreme temperatures like Antarctica, which will help develop solutions to climate change. A model of a Snomote rover is on display.