Meredith M. Lee is the Founding Executive Director of the West Big Data Innovation Hub, an organization launched by the National Science Foundation to strengthen public-private partnerships in areas including Precision Medicine, Smart Cities, and Data Science Education. Dr. Lee previously served as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow and Data Innovation Specialist at the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency. During the Obama Administration, she led the White House Innovation for Disaster Response & Recovery Initiative to find effective ways for technology to empower disaster survivors, first responders, and communities in need of information and resources.
Meredith completed her Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and PhD in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. She has over 15 years of research and product development experience spanning biomedical diagnostics and sensors/ Internet of Things to materials science, having worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, and Intel before joining UC Berkeley. Dr. Lee has taught Human-Centered Design and Innovation at Stanford as well as in government, and continues to advise organizations with efforts involving technology, data, design, and entrepreneurship. While in D.C. she co-founded NationOfMakers.org and co-produced the first-ever National Maker Faire. Meredith is an alumna of Leland High School in San Jose, CA and grew up in the Bay Area. Her work has been featured by The White House, ArsTechnica, The Washington Post, Forbes, and Fast Company.