Karla Badillo-Urquiola named Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor

Karla Badillo Urquiola
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Karla Badillo-Urquiola, assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded a Clare Boothe Luce professorship.

The professorship, funded by the Clare Boothe Luce Program of the Henry Luce Foundation, provides support to women in STEM fields for the first five years of their tenure-track appointment.

The award identifies women scientists and engineers with the potential for excellence in research and teaching as well as a commitment to encourage other women to pursue education and careers in the sciences and engineering.

Badillo-Urquiola joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2022. She investigates human-computer interaction to design technology-driven solutions that empower people and protect the well-being of youth and marginalized communities. Her current work uses human-centered and participatory design methods to study adolescent online safety for teens in foster care situations.

She also is a fellow of the Notre Dame Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society, where she conducts research and collaborates with the community to build better futures for youth. She is an active member of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI), the Latin American Human Computer Interaction Community, and an advocate for minority faculty and students. She received a master’s and Ph.D. in Modeling and Simulation from the University of Central Florida.

Claire Booth Luce professorships in the College of Engineering previously were held by Maria Holland (2017) and Melissa Berke (2013).

— Karla Cruise, Notre Dame College of Engineering