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. In this capacity she has conducted focus group and survey research in the areas of emergency communications and social media. Salimah serves as co-project director for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Integrated Alert and Public Warning System (IPAWS) CACP Collaborative 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. Additionally, Salimah is the project director for the Wireless RERC’s research project, Policy Approaches to Promote Access to Wireless Technologies.
Most recently, Salimah became the program manager for the DHS Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate contract -- Wireless Emergency Alerts: Optimizing Ability of message Receipt by People with Disabilities. A chief responsibility of Salimah’s is information and data collection, analysis and dissemination of resultant findings and reports. She is instrumental in the tracking and filing of comments on pertinent Federal Communications Commission rulemakings, the editor of the monthly policy newsletter, Technology and Disability Policy Highlights, and has co-authored more than 35 conference papers, journal articles, and federal regulatory agency filings.
Additionally, Salimah is the secretary (elected) and women’s group representative for BCS, The Charted Institute for IT, USA Section, Southeast Regional Group. She has organized events and programs relevant to IT professionals and academics including: IT’s for you too: the female dynamic in information technology education and careers; Geeks, Gadgets and Gizmos Showcase Competition; and Easy as Pi Youth Programmers. Other volunteer and community efforts include 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.