DR. YEMAYA BORDAIN
I am an innovative problem solver, strategic sales leader, and trusted technical consultant to clients across the globe.
Having been trained by many professionals and mentored by many leaders, I am pursuing the career I love. I am passionate about enabling technologies that create and maintain a safe and secure world. As such, I am thrilled to solve challenging problems in my field, and I make a positive impact every day at a phenomenal company.
I have a broad technical background in advanced materials for spaceflight; characterization of viscoelastic materials; micromagnetics in biological applications; microelectronics and photonics; nanotechnology; and embedded electronics in healthcare and defense and aerospace. These days my time and interest are devoted to enabling safe and secure autonomous air travel.
I solve problems.
My industry of expertise is in embedded military/defense, aerospace, and government electronics, including high-performance rugged computing, safety-critical avionics, and urban air mobility.
I have established a reputation as a disciplined problem-solver who excels at understanding challenges, collaborating with teams for solutions, and executing to deliver results. My expertise includes the ability to not only deliver a global sales strategy while motivating an international sales force; I also bring the technical background that makes me an indispensable consultant to my clients.
CONSULTATIVE SALES AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
EMERGING AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES
GLOBAL LEAD, INTERNET OF THINGS GROUP PUBLIC SECTOR SALES, INTEL CORPORATION
January 2018 to Present
I oversee sales to military, aerospace, and government clients, achieving record growth and new market expansion. I drove record sales in the $MM across more than 50 global accounts. I've captured 2.5X design wins and 3.5X architectural conversions in my role.
I lead strategy in safe, secure autonomy and the emerging Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market. I serve as a safety-critical avionics technical consultant to defense and commercial aerospace equipment manufacturers, including the UAM manufacturers.
SENIOR SOLUTIONS ENGINEER, INTEL CORPORATION
June 2015 - December 2017
I developed products on numerous projects in the embedded Internet of Things space, including healthcare and defense and aerospace.
I co-architected what is now the first Intel-based commercially-available offering in safety-critical avionics.
PREDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN
June 2009 - May 2015
I was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Ford Foundation Fellowship.
I patented two inventions; mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students; co-coordinated and managed summer engineering programs for high school students and overall remained busy making the world a better place.
PRESIDENT/CEO, EFFIMAX SOLAR
January 2013 - June 2014
I dabbled in the tech startup world, leading this early-stage startup through a National Science Foundation Small
Business Innovation Research Phase I award. I also led the company through the 2012-13 cohort of the Village Capital VentureWell startup accelerator program.
I later led a second early-stage company through participation in a National Science Foundation Innovation Corps program.
RESEARCH ENGINEER, DEFENSE CONTRACTOR, M&P TECHNOLOGIES
July 2008 - May 2009
I supported space and defense industry clients, including NASA, Lockheed Martin, and the U.S. Air Force.
I fabricated and tested high-performance composite matrices with enhanced electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties. I published my work, which was presented at peer-reviewed conferences.
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August 2010- May 2015
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN
I became the first female African-American to earn a doctorate in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University.
I patented two inventions in microelectronics and nanotechnology.
August 2008 - May 2010
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE, CLARK ATLANTA UNIVERSITY
I graduated with honors. I worked on projects in computational thermodynamics, rheological testing of thermoplastics, and optoelectronic impedance tomography.
January 2004 - May 2008
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL, CLARK ATLANTA UNIVERSITY
I graduated magna cum laude and was awarded Undergraduate Student of the Year for outstanding leadership and academic achievement.
HONORS AND AWARDS
TOP ACHIEVER AWARD
Awarded to top 5% individuals in global Sales and Marketing Organization.
DIVISION RECOGNITION AWARD
Awarded for safety-critical avionics market entry
DIVISION RECOGNITION AWARD
Awarded for demonstrating excellent cross-organizational effectiveness in US Sales.
Awarded for paving the way for female African-Americans in the Graduate College, College of Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
RISING STAR IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE
Awarded to high-potential women demonstrating advances in electrical engineering and computer science.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
NSF GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
A prestigious award granted to outstanding graduate students in STEM disciplines.
National Science Foundation
IN THE PRESS
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: YEMAYA BORDAIN (PHD '15)
February 11, 2020
This International Day of Women and Girls in Science we celebrate and spotlight Illinois ECE alumna Yemaya Bourdain (PhD '15). Yemaya Bordain became the first African-American female to graduate with a PhD in electrical engineering from ECE ILLINOIS in 2015. To complete her PhD, Bordain worked in nanotechnology, focusing on atomic force microscopy. Bordain currently works with IoT Global Group Sales at Intel Corporation (Chandler, AZ).
"Let me do it. You tell me when you want it and where you want it to land, and I'll do it backwards and tell you when to take off."
Graphic credit: 2017 Grace Hopper Conference