Dr. Jimmie L. Davis, Jr.
Dr. Jimmie L. Davis, Jr., serves as President of STEMflorida, Inc., Florida’s key not-for-profit incorporated in June of 2011 and driven to ensure our state’s leadership and proficiency in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) by connecting business, industry, economic development, philanthropy, workforce, and education around the issues that impact and support innovation and growth in Florida’s existing and emerging industries, employers, and entrepreneurs. Throughout 2009 to early 2011, Dr. Davischaired the STEMflorida Business Steering Council, launched to create the not-for-profit engine for Florida’s STEM leadership. Conceived initially through grass-roots calls-to-action from Florida’s STEM-enabled employers, STEMflorida originally launched as a strategic initiative funded by CareerSource Florida (formerly Workforce Florida, Inc.) and jointly announced with Enterprise Florida, Inc., following preliminary partnership and work with the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Council of 100, the Florida Department of Education, and others.
Under his leadership, STEMflorida, Inc. produced the nation's first state-specific definition of STEM occupation and STEM industry through publication of the STEM Index. He continues to champion awareness of the role of STEM as an active, integrated component of learning and training and of markets and communities, and as integral driver for sustained economic development and American innovation.
Dr. Davis also works as a professional engineer with the MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation devoted to science and engineering research in the public interest. The MITRE Corporation was formed in 1958 to create new technology for the Department of Defense. MITRE provides first-rate engineers and scientists experienced in systems engineering, information technology, operational concepts and enterprise modernization to meet the needs of its clients. MITRE currently manages federally funded research centers for the Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Internal Revenue Service. Dr. Davis currently leads a research and development task to design, evaluate, assess, analyze, characterize system performance, and ultimately better integrate communications and navigation for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) and the Global Positioning System (GPS).
Dr. Davis was an All-American quarterback at Morehouse College, and is an advocate forK-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. In 2006, he was appointed to the Space Florida Board of Directors by Governor Bush. In 2007, Dr. Davis joined the Florida Center for Research in STEM (FCR-STEM) Female and Minority Initiative Work Group, the FCR-STEM Advisory Board, and the Advisory Board of the Godby High School IT Magnet Program. He was also named the 2007 Black Engineer of the Year for Community Service in Industry.
His mastery of academics and athletics brought national press attention and a host of prestigious honors and awards – among them: the National Football Foundation & Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award, the National Collegiate Mathematics Award, and the Eddie Robinson Academic and Athletic Achievement Award. Dr. Davis also was a Rhodes Scholarship Finalist from the State of Georgia in 1990. In the spring of 1992, Dr. Davis earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and physics from Morehouse College and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology, as a participant in the Atlanta University Dual Degree Engineering Program. He continued graduate study at The Georgia Institute of Technology completing a Master of Science degree in Mathematics in the summer of 1995. Dr. Davis also earned a Master of Science Engineering degree in the fall of 1999 soon followed by a Doctorate of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering during the spring of 2000 from the University of Massachusetts Lowell while investigating performance models for Internet services in the Center for Advanced Computation and Telecommunications.
Teresa serves as STEMflorida's Director of Strategy and Engagement. She brings deep expertise in strategic planning, economic and workforce development, and business competitiveness. She is a trusted advisor on strategy and market positioning for start-ups, companies, and communities, and has led teams of experts on diagnostics at the local, state, and federal levels. Ms. Barber is valued for her ability to encourage participant candor and to design outcome-producing community engagements, forums, and workshops on issues related to industry and community competitiveness. She has spearhearded best practice research and strategic projects on issues including STEM, rural economic development, entrepreneurial ecosystems, food deserts, transportation and logistics, and regional alignment of civic infrastructure. In addition to her work with STEMflorida, Ms. Barber serves as Principal & Founder at Five Point, a Florida-based firm dedicated to supporting strategy and integrated communications for start-ups, companies and agencies in transition, and regional collaboratives.
Teresa brings a passion for the alignment of education and talent systems to economic development strategy. She has logged hundreds of hours as a mentor and school volunteer, and was called by the U.S. Chamber Foundation to judge the prestigious Best Commitment to Education Program 2013 Corporate Citizenship Awards. She holds a bachelors degree in Social Sciences from Thomas Edison State University, and anticipates award of a specialization certificate in Executive Data Science from John Hopkins University in 2016. She is also a NASA Social alumnus, guest columnist for Context Florida, and former radio broadcast announcer. Ms. Barber brings a unique ability to facilitate difficult conversations amongst diverse stakeholders, and is trusted by clients and colleagues for her ability to clarify complex concepts and issues and level obstacles to progress.
She served as lead author of STEMflorida's 2012 STEM Index, and project manager across various teams supporting initial research, outreach, and strategic planning for the formation of the organization.
Prior to joining STEMflorida's team, Ms. Barber served in a leadership role on a number of projects working with clients including CareerSource Florida, BioBag Americas, IBM Corporation, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Central Florida Partnership, Space Florida, Haas Center at the University of West Florida, and the Center for Entrepreneurship at Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College.
Her recent leadership and consultative roles include state co-chair for Florida's Million Women Mentors initiative; Chairman of STEM Story, a non-profit dedicated to awakening girls and young women to careers in STEM through video and storytelling; inaugural steering committee for the new Women In Tech initiative of Innovation Coast; project manager for a state-wide think tank exploring hunger and poverty; and research lead for business insights into the economic impact of non-discrimination across Florida.