Dr. Mina Sartipi is the Founding Director of the Center for Urban Informatics and Progress (CUIP) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), where she is also a Guerry Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department. Her research, funded by NSF, NIH, DOE, State of the Tennessee, Lyndhurst Foundation, and other industry organizations, focuses on data-driven approaches to tackle real-world challenges in smart city applications focused on mobility, energy, and health. At CUIP, she coordinates cross-disciplinary research and strategic visions for urbanism and smart cities advancement with a focus on people and quality of life. She received her BS in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2001 and her MS and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2003 and 2006, respectively. Dr. Sartipi was named a 2019 Chattanooga Influencer by the Edge, Chattanooga’s business magazine, for her role in smart city research and collaboration with city, county, and industry partners. She is recipient of several awards including 2016 UTC Outstanding Faculty Research and Creative Achievement award, UC Foundation Professorship, and 2020 Smart 50 awards in Digital Transformation at the Smart Cities Connect (in collaboration with City of Chattanooga and EPB).