Howard Appointed to Motorola Board of Directors
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 | Comments

Motorola Solutions appointed Dr. Ayanna Howard to its board of directors, effective February 15.

Howard’s deep knowledge in robotics, human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence (AI) supports the company’s focus on human-centered design, leveraging the power of AI, with trusted safeguards to ensure it’s used fairly and responsibly. With the addition of Howard, the Motorola Solutions board will expand to eight directors.

“I’m very pleased to have Dr. Howard join our board and welcome her globally recognized expertise in robotics and artificial intelligence,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions. “Her passion for innovation and ethical design will be invaluable to our company as we continue advancing the technologies our customers trust every day to help make the world safer.”

Howard currently serves as the dean of the College of Engineering at Ohio State University, where she is also a tenured professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a joint appointment in Computer Science and Engineering. She is also the founder and board president of Zyrobotics, a non-profit organization that provides AI-powered STEM tools for early childhood education.

Howard previously held several academic leadership positions at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, as well as various positions in the Office of the Chief Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). She has also served on numerous boards of technology and AI-based organizations, and currently serves on the boards of Autodesk, Zyrobotics, Black in Robotics, Partnership on AI and the Computing Research Association.

Howard earned a bachelor’s of science (B.S.) in Engineering from Brown University, an master’s of science and doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, as well as an master’s of business administration (MBA) from the Drucker Graduate School of Management.

“I am honored to join the Motorola Solutions board of directors,” said Howard. “Motorola Solutions is making a difference in advancing safety and security for communities around the world. I’m excited to be part of this innovative team that’s helping people be their best in the moments that matter.”

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