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HISPA congratulates Dr. Alicia Abella on her recent CHCI recognition

AT&T Scientist’s Green Advancements Recognized by Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

Sept. 16, 2009
Jeremy Nisen–

Last night, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) recognized the importance of a greener future by honoring someone that IS helping to get us there.

At a plenary session during CHCI’s Public Policy Conference entitled “Latinos Leading the Green Economy and Partnering for the Future,” Dr. Alicia Abella was recognized for her efforts in developing long-distance collaboration tools. In her role at AT&T, as Executive Director of the Human Computer Interface Services Research Department, she leads a group of researchers dedicated to eliminating the need for plane travel and other commuting methods that potentially harm the environment or overuse energy resources. Specifically, Dr. Abella’s team has promulgated the use of powerful teleconferencing, Web-based solutions, and even iPhone App-based solutions that promote work and rapid-response collaboration for the telecom giant.

Dr. Abella indicated that she was “thrilled” when she learned about her pending CHCI recognition.

“It’s great of CHCI to recognize the work that Latinos across the country and across businesses are doing to contribute to the green economy,” she said. “Showcasing how Latinos are contributing to innovation is a great way to strengthen their participation and encourage more innovators to do the same. I personally look forward to expanding the work that I do towards leading the green economy.”

Dr. Abella joined AT&T in 1995, shortly after earning her Ph.D. at Columbia. She was appointed to her current position in 2004. As Vice President of the Young Science Achievers Program and chair of the AT&T Labs Fellowship Committee, Dr. Abella has worked to increase the presence of minorities and women working in science. AT&T placed 8th on Hispanic Business Magazine’s recently released Diversity Elite list.

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