Salimah LaForce is a Research Analyst for the Georgia Tech Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP). She conducts policy and industry research and analysis for CACP’s emergency communications initiative and the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC). In this capacity she has conducted focus group and survey research in the areas of emergency communications and social media. Salimah served as co-project director for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Integrated Alert and Public Warning System (IPAWS) Project 2 – informing citizens of features of mainstream technologies to enhance the effectiveness of Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs); and Project 5, providing accessible next generation alerts.She was also the program manager for the DHS S&T contract, Public Response to Alerts and Warnings: Optimizing Ability of Message Receipt by People with Disabilities. Currently, Salimah is the project director for the Wireless RERC’s research project, Policy and Outreach Initiatives to Accelerate Adoption of Wireless Technologies. A chief responsibility of Salimah’s is data collection, analyses, and dissemination of resultant findings and reports. She is instrumental in the tracking and filing of comments on pertinent Federal Communications Commission rulemakings; and authoring funding proposals to further the mission of the Center. She is the senior editor of the monthly policy newsletter, Technology and Disability Policy Highlights, and has co-authored more than 65 conference papers, journal articles, and federal regulatory agency filings.
Additionally, Salimah is the chair (elected) and women’s group representative for BCS, The Charted Institute for IT, USA Section, Southeast Regional Group. She has organized events relevant to IT professionals and academics including IT’s for you too: the female dynamic in information technology education and careers, Starts-ups & Innovation: Taking Your Ideas to the Marketplace and the Geeks, Gadgets and Gizmos Showcase Competition. Other volunteer and community efforts included service as the chair of the Grants Committee at Bolton Academy Elementary School, founding member of the Soaring Owls Foundation, Inc., and tutor at the Henry Grady High School Writing Center.
Salimah formerly served as the program manager for the Wireless RERC and project coordinator for GCATT’s Office of Technology, Policy and Programs. Salimah earned her BA in English literature from Agnes Scott College in 1998 and is currently pursuing a MS in Clinical Psychology, applied research specialization, from the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Capella University.