Amarda Shehu


Dr. Amarda Shehu is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Computing with affiliated appointments in the Department of Bioengineering and School of Systems Biology at George Mason University. She is also Co-Director of the Center for Advancing Human-Machine Partnerships (CAHMP), a Transdisciplinary Center for Advanced Study at George Mason University. Shehu obtained her Ph.D. from Rice University in 2008, where she was an NIH predoctoral fellow in the Nanobiology Program and was dually trained in AI and Molecular Biophysics. Shehu's research is at the intersection of AI/ML and scientific enquiry. Shehu has published over 150 technical papers with postdoctoral, graduate, undergraduate, and high-school students. She is a 2022 Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and has received several awards, including the 2022 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the 2021 Beck Family Presidential Medal for Faculty Excellence in Research and Scholarship, the 2018 Mason University Teaching Excellence Award, the 2014 Mason Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award, the 2013 Mason OSCAR Undergraduate Mentor Excellence Award, and the 2012 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. Her research is regularly supported by various programs at the NSF and the Department of Defense, as well as state and private research entities. Shehu currently serves as an NSF Program Director in the Information and Intelligent Systems Division of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate.