Silvia Figueira's Bio

Dr. Silvia Figueira received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil, and her Ph.D. degree also in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Computer Engineering at Santa Clara University. Her research is in the area of performance evaluation and prediction, recently with a focus on energy efficiency. She is also the director of the SCU Frugal Innovation Hub, in which she leads the Mobile Lab and advises students working on mobile applications for under-served communities and emerging markets. She has published over 70 papers and has established several collaborations with both companies in Silicon Valley and social entrepreneurs in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Figueira has received several awards. In 2016, she received the SCU Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2015, she was selected as one of the 100 women to receive the INSIGHT into Diversity 2015 Inspiring Women in Stem Award. In 2014, she received the SCU President's Recognition Award, and the NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award. In 2006, she received the SCU/School of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award.