Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Odesma is a proponent of education equity as a key mechanism for ensuring just social growth and development. As a trained engineering education scholar, Odesma’s professional and service work is focused on transforming engineering education and its public image; making it more inclusive, and socially connected. Odesma is an assistant professor in the Industrial and Systems Engineering program at University of San Diego.
She has co-developed and maintained three successful science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education outreach programs: STEAM Labs, STEAM TEAM Academy and the STEAM Youth and Community Conference. Starting in 2015, Odesma has worked closely with ASF students during monthly meetings. Odesma holds a PhD in Engineering Education from Purdue University and a MEng. in Industrial Engineering and a BS in Electrical Engineering, both from Morgan State University.