Dr. Maria Trujillo is the Faculty Director and Associate Professor of the Practice in the Systems Engineering and Technology Management Programs.
Maria's intellectual interests have lied at the intersection of technology, management and development. Prior to joining SCS, she most recently served as Deputy Director of Capacity Development for a USAID supported global project (GMS) aimed at providing technical support to the countries receiving grants from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. In this capacity she led project design and implementation activities in capacity building for 12 regional partners around the globe, as well as training of 400+ consultants.
She has additional 25+ years experience as a international development consultant, business owner, and lecturer. She has always been part of the innovation and growth of the entities she has been affiliated with. She was also known as the "Internet Girl" when she connected Colombia to the internet in 1990.
Maria holds a Ph.D. in International Development and Technology Transfer from the Payson Center in Tulane University, a Masters in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Universidad del Valle, Colombia.