Degree(s): Computer Science
Undergraduate Institution: Southern University A&M College (HBCU)
Graduate Institution: Southern University A&M College (HBCU), Arizona State University
Photo Credit: Dr. Loretta Cheeks
Dr. Loretta H. Cheeks is an artificial intelligence expert, data science research consultant, and CEO of Strong TIES. During her tenure, she has helped organizations gain dynamic data insights serving enterprises, governments, and nonprofits. She is the first to identify a computational approach for the discovery of news frames in unstructured text (e.g., online news articles). She has demonstrated a unique ability to integrate communication theory and computer science methods to inform the fields of machine learning, psychology, and mass communication. Dr. Cheeks is also committed to improving higher education for underserved and underrepresented communities to follow in her scientific footsteps.
Dr. Cheeks is listed as one of 10 Incredible Black Women In STEM, and she has been a featured speaker on the Karen Hunter Show. She has also been featured by Verizon International Day of Women and Girls in Science and recognized as a Change Maker at the White House and NASA Datanauts.