University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
As Director of National Research Initiatives, Erin Fitzgerald is responsible for identifying and cultivating research opportunities and relationships between UMD researchers and various external funding sources (including federal agencies and labs, medical centers and universities). Erin works to position UMD researchers to proactively respond to and capitalize on evolving national research initiatives and priorities, including the facilitation of new interdisciplinary teams.
Before coming to UMD Erin directed the Department of Defense Minerva Research Initiative, a $30 M defense social science research program examining the sources of global conflict. In parallel Erin served as senior science advisor and developed strategic plans for future basic research investments in all disciplines across the defense enterprise. In prior work Erin developed speech recognition technologies at Microsoft, Intel, and Raytheon BBN Technologies.
Erin received her B.S. in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon and her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Johns Hopkins. Her research in speech and language processing combined electrical engineering, computer science, and cognitive science approaches for data-driven efforts in automatic speech recognition and language translation.