Melanie Shimano is a lecturer with the Center for Leadership Education and the founder of the Food Computer Program in Baltimore City Public Schools. She is passionate about using data science and open source methodologies at the intersection of education, technology, and civic engagement to address questions of how the American public will adapt to an evolving digital economy. Melanie builds on her broad range of work experience in the public and education sectors, the medical device industry, and nonprofit and startup leadership to create and teach courses that focus on using technology effectively to solve real-world problems in the local and larger community. Melanie was most recently featured as a speaker at SXSW, SXSW EDU, and PyCon UK where she led sessions about the importance of using open-source technology in education and aligning these projects with education standards and civic engagement. She was recently named one of Forbes 30 Under 30, Baltimore’s 40 Under 40, and Maryland’s Leading Women and has been recognized for her work with technology educational programming in The Baltimore Sun, Brainstorm Magazine, American City & County, and The Johns Hopkins Magazine.
MS Johns Hopkins University
BS Johns Hopkins University