Friday, December 10, 2021
Ceremony Time TBA
2020 Commencement Speaker
Data Scientist, U.S. Department of Defense
Dr. Calandra Tate Moore
Data Scientist, Human Language Technology Research, U.S. Department of Defense
Equipped with years of experience in the mathematical sciences, Dr. Calandra Tate Moore serves as a data scientist at the U. S. Department of Defense. Throughout her career, Moore’s many accomplishments have earned her numerous positions, awards and appointments, including receiving the Army Research Laboratory Award for Science and serving on the executive board of the Army Conference on Applied Statistics.
At the University of Maryland, College Park, Moore earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics, with a concentration in statistics and natural language processing. She also holds a B.S. in mathematics from Xavier University of Louisiana.
During her career, Moore has amassed many skills from her various roles. These include her time as lead statistician on the Multilingual Research Team at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. With the U.S. Military Academy’s Department of Mathematics, she served as the inaugural dual-year ARL Visiting Scientist Chair and Primary Laboratory Liaison. Moore was also an assistant professor of mathematics at the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island.
While serving in these positions, Moore conducted research spanning a wide range of mathematical and statistical applications, including her groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind task-based assessment of machine translation quality work. Currently, she leads the evaluation for human language technology research, which focuses on video, image, speech and text analytics.
Not only have Moore’s professional achievements made it possible for her to be selected for the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship, but they have led to her recognition as a high-achieving alumna, being named one of Xavier University’s 40 under 40. She was also honored with the Mathematically Gifted and Black designation as part of a Black History Month celebration featuring 28 contemporary African Americans from across the nation who have made significant contributions to the field of mathematics.
Beyond her career, Moore is committed to promoting positive change and being an active community participant. In doing so, she serves as a PTA representative with the Montgomery County (Md.) Council of PTAs and is a cluster coordinator for the NAACP’s Parents’ Council. Prior to these roles, she was a member of the Social Science Research Council and the Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program Planning and Advisory Committee, as well as the Montgomery County Community Grants Advisory Panel. When she is not focused on her professional and community pursuits, Moore enjoys exploring new areas, as well as visiting waterfalls and state and national parks. More than anything, however, she loves to spend time with her husband and experience and learning about the world through their two daughters.