Kean University School of Computer Science Executive Director Patricia Morreale has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Morreale was elected to AAAS "for exceptional leadership and service to advance diversity in computing and for substantial research in multimedia systems and networks," according to Kean.
Morreale led efforts to increase diversity in the computer science school at Kean. About 50 percent of Kean students majoring in the computer science programs come from ethnicities that are underrepresented in computing, she said.
She is also a member of the National Center for Women and Information Technology’s Academic Alliance Advisory Committee and leads committees on faculty excellence with both the Computing Research Association and the Council of Undergraduate Research. She has done research on error-detection in multimedia systems and networks, which has been patented.
She will be recognized at the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., during a Fellows Forum in February.
AAAS, established in 1848, is the world's largest general scientific society whose mission is to "advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people."