2012 The Root 100

Juan Gilbert is a professor at Clemson University and chair of its Human-Centered Computing Division.

  • Influence: 117.1
  • Reach: 5.7
  • Substance: 7.0
  • Media Mentions: 3
  • Internet Mentions: 1250
  • Twitter Followers: 102
  • Juan Gilbert

  • Professor at Clemson University and chair of its Human-Centered Computing Division at the School of Computing.
  • Job: Professor at Clemson University
  • Sector: STEM
  • Twitter: @DrJuanGilbert
  • Location: Anderson, S.C.
  • Age: 43
  • Bio: Juan Gilbert is "the godfather" of African-American Ph.D.s in computing science. His magnetic pull has meant that Clemson's School of Computing has the most black tenure-track professors (six, including Gilbert) and black Ph.D. candidates of any institution. His work focuses on the intersection of people, culture, policy and technology. "If you could build a system that resulted in world peace, but no one could use it ... it would be useless," Gilbert says on his website. "Usability matters." That's why he developed African-American Distributed Multiple Learning Styles Systems to teach students algebra, and why he landed a contract with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to create accessible voting technology. "What's impressive is not just what he teaches, but also how he teaches his students," said Hamilton, Ohio, Mayor Pat Moeller, who proclaimed February 2012 "Dr. Juan Gilbert Month" in honor of the town's native son. Last December, Gilbert won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. Visit his website.