CLEMSON — Juan Gilbert, Presidential Endowed Professor and chairman of the Human-Centered Computing Division at Clemson University, has been named one of Ten Tech Innovators in 2013 by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Gilbert developed Applications Quest, a software application that provides a solution to institutions needing to achieve diversity in a manner that is effective and in conformity with the law. 

Applications Quest employs a user-friendly set of mathematical algorithms to allow schools and employers to make decisions based on their own objectives, missions and goals. It uses a model that is objective, reproducible and free of human bias. 

The software gives organizations the opportunity to look at each application fairly during their review cycle, which normally requires an extraordinary amount of time for human review.

Gilbert defines his work by saying, “I believe technology is at its finest when it has a social conscience. The measure I use for tackling a project is that the end result would solve a nagging problem. It would address a broad societal issue through everyday application.”

Gilbert earned his doctoral degree at the University of Cincinnati. He received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring; is recognized as a role model for Minority Access Inc. and is a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

At Clemson, he chairs the Human-Centered Computing Division that is home to 10 percent of the country’s total African-American faculty and graduate students in that field.


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