Dr. Yemaya

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
    • International business


    2022 – Present
    President of Americas
    I launched the US presence of Switzerland-based Daedalean, a company creating a future “keeping up with the Jetsons” with AI-powered flight control software to enable autonomously flying aircraft. I oversee a portfolio including the company’s global efforts in innovation, business development, product management, marketing, communications, flight testing, and partnerships.

    My work at Daedalean is also deeply rooted in the technology’s potential to increase equity as affordable and accessible advanced air mobility promises to allow personal connection to flourish despite neighborhood, income level, or other demographic or physical segregation.
    2018 – 2022
    Global Lead, Internet of things group public sector sales
    Intel Corporation
    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.
    2015 – 2017
    Senior solutions engineer
    Intel Corporation
    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.
    2009 – 2015
    Predoctoral research fellow
    University of Illinois al Urbana-champaign
    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.
    2013 – 2014
    Effimax Solar
    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.
    2008 – 2009
    Research engineer, Defense contractor
    M&P Technologies
    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.
    2010 – 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.  Link to dissertation.
    2008 – 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.
    2004 – 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.


    • 2020, Intel
      Top achiever award

      Awarded to top 5% individuals in global Sales and Marketing Organization.

    • 2019, Intel
      Division recognition award

      Awarded for safety-critical avionics market entry

    • 2018, Intel
      Division recognition award

      Awarded for demonstrating excellent cross-organizational effectiveness in US Sales.

    • 2015, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      Trailblazer award

      Awarded for paving the way for female African-Americans in the Graduate College, College of Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

    • 2013, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      Rising star in electrical engineering and computer science

      Awarded to high-potential women demonstrating advances in electrical engineering and computer science.

    • ​2010, National Science Foundation

      NSF graduate research fellowship

      A prestigious award granted to outstanding graduate students in STEM disciplines.