Mary Fernández is CEO of MentorNet. MentorNet has been an important part of Mary's life since opening its doors in 1998. Since then, Mary has mentored 17 protégés, while pursuing her career in computing research. She also served on MentorNet's board of directors since 2009 and as chair since 2011.
Mary spent seventeen years at AT&T Labs Research, most recently as Assistant Vice President of Information and Software Systems Research, where she supported more than fifty Ph.D.-level scientists whose research advances the systems that support AT&T's communications infrastructure and services.
Mary is an active volunteer and leader in local and national organizations whose missions are to advance computing research and to increase the representation of women and under-represented minorities in STEM professions. She is on the board of Computing Research Association and a STEM role model in HISPA Hispanics Inspiring Students' Performance and Achievement
Well known for her combination of professional achievement and passionate advocacy for diversity in engineering and science through mentoring, Mary was selected by HENAAC as a 2011 Winner of the Great Minds in STEM - Technical Achievement in Industry Award. Mary received B.A. and M.S. degrees in computer science from Brown University and the Ph.D. in computer science from Princeton University. She and her husband have two teenage daughters, who keep her up to date on fashion and technology trends.