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Innovation Queens: Recognizing Women in Tech as UAT's 2024 Honorary Doctorate Recipients

University of Advancing Technology (UAT) celebrates distinguished technology professionals by presenting Honorary Doctorates during our annual commencement ceremony. This year's candidates have been instrumental in the Artificial Intelligence landscape, and this month we honor them as Women In Technology during Women's History Month.


Renowned for her pioneering work in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Minky Singh-Kernacs has led groundbreaking research initiatives at the forefront of technological advancement. Her contributions to machine learning algorithms have revolutionized the field, earning her international recognition as a leading expert in artificial intelligence.

Throughout her career, Kernacs has not only pushed the boundaries of what is possible in technology but has also been a fervent advocate for diversity and inclusion in STEM fields. As a mentor and role model, she has inspired countless individuals, particularly women, to pursue careers in tech and overcome barriers to entry.

Kernacs' passion for innovation and her commitment to fostering the next generation of technologists make her a truly deserving recipient of this prestigious honor. UAT Provost Dr. Dave Bolman said " I have sat on many AI topic panels with Minky where she modeled two things that UAT wants in its graduates: the ability to translate and distill advanced tech down to what its users value and the ability to listen to feedback and concerns. The work I have seen her perform reinforces her reputation for leveraging data and AI technology for the betterment of society, industry and government."

Minky Singh-Kernacs is the CEO/CTO and Co-founder Mercurio Analytics, an Arizona AI company.


Jeri Ellsworth, a trailblazer in tech, is UAT's second 2024 Honorary Doctorate recipient, for her groundbreaking work in hardware development and augmented reality. From self-taught inventor to industry pioneer, Ellsworth's relentless innovation has reshaped technology. Her journey inspires future generations, showcasing the transformative power of curiosity and determination.

Throughout her career, Ellsworth has consistently challenged conventions and pushed the boundaries of what is possible beginning in the 1990's where she founded a chain of stores focused on "up-hacking. Since, Jeri has made herself known for inventing Commodore 64 Direct-to-TV, and founding multiple tech companies. She has a track record of creating disruptive technologies and fostering a culture of experimentation and creativity. From founding successful startups to leading high-profile projects, Ellsworth's impact on the tech industry is profound and enduring. Dr. Dave Bolman praised Jeri, stating "She is nationally recognized technology visionary who has build substantial geek credibility over four decades of work in computer technology. Jeri is known within the geek culture to teaching over YouTube how to home build advanced tech. Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her innovative work in electronics, including a New York Times profile as a technology visionary."

Jeri Ellsworth is currently the CEO and Founder of TiltFive, an augmented reality platform company.