The Hosts

Dr. Jeremy Waisome

Show Host

Dr. Jeremy A. M. Waisome is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Computer & Information Sciences & Engineering Department and Project Manager of the National Science Foundation Broadening Participation in Computing Alliance: Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Sciences. She works in the Human Experience Research Lab with Dr. Juan E. Gilbert, where she conducts research on broadening participation in STEM+C. Dr. Waisome earned her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Florida (UF).

Dr. Waisome serves on the UF Ronald E. McNair Advisory Board and is a member of the Associate Provost’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee at UF. She was recently awarded the 2018 Mike Shinn Distinguished Member of the Year (Female) by the National Society of Black Engineers. In 2017, she was inducted into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. In addition, Dr. Waisome was inducted into UF Hall of Fame (2010) and is a recipient of the UF Outstanding Leadership Award (2010).

Dr. Kyla McMullen

Show Host

Dr. Kyla McMullen is currently a tenure-track faculty member at the University of Florida’s Computer & Information Sciences & Engineering Department. Dr. McMullen has a personal commitment to encouraging women and minorities to pursue careers in computing and other STEM fields. She is the creator of “Beautiful, Black, and Brainy” and “Brilliant is the New Black”, which showcase hundreds of exceptional young African Americans who excel in STEM fields and don’t fit the typical “scientist” stereotype.

Dr. McMullen is the leader of the SoundPAD Laboratory at the University of Florida, which focuses on the Perception, Application, and Development of 3D audio in various contexts. Current projects include (1) psychoacoustic analysis of the quality of customized head-related transfer functions, (2) using 3D audio to sonify positional data for situational awareness, (3) discovering critical interface design techniques for developing virtual auditory environments, and (4) using 3D audio to increase immersion and realness in virtual and augmented reality.

About Our Show


Modern Figures is a conversational-style podcast elevating the voices of Black female scholars in computing. This podcast is presented by the Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Sciences  (iAAMCS) in collaboration with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).

The podcast is designed to be understood by everyone, regardless of how much experience they have with computing and technology. We especially want to engage high schoolers to consider a career in a computing-related field.


Guests from the Black Women in Computing (BWIC) community will be invited to share their stories and perspectives on technical, societal, and personal topics including (but not limited to):

  • Technical Areas:  Affective Computing, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Robotics, Social Media Analytics, Cybersecurity, and Non-Traditional Computing Careers
  • Broader Issues: Gender Diversity in Gaming, Intersectionality, Algorithm Bias, Inclusive Design, Computing and Social Justice
  • Personal Challenges: Finding the Time to Have it All, Surviving the Ivory Tower, Isolation in Computing

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