The young Ghanaian received her PhD in Information Systems at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) with a dissertation research investigating brain fitness games as an intervention for the age-related cognitive decline in healthy older adults.
Gloria, who is just 27-years-old, completed her first degree at Valley View University and later relocated to the United States to further her education.
Coming from a family that is keen on education and excellence in life, Gloria finds great joy in pursuit of knowledge and its application to understanding human cognition.
With her vast interest in technology and research, she has worked with many technology giants including IBM, Google and other high profile tech companies as a User Experience (UX) Research Scientist.
Throughout her time at University of Maryland, Gloria received scholarships and grants from IBM, Google, LinkedIn and Xerox, and participated in several conferences.
Speaking in an interview with Techpreneur Magazine recently, Dr Gloria Opoku-Boateng disclosed that he has suffered many setbacks through her journey.
“I have experienced a lot of rejections, self-doubt and my path into UX Research Scientist has not been as clear and direct as it seems but forging my path forward when it is extremely hard to eliminate possibilities”, she said in an interview.
The Research Scientist disclosed that growing up she didn’t know exactly what to do in life but her parents encouraged and pushed her further to pursue Computer Science Engineering which has ended her in her research career.
“All I knew was that I wanted to be in a career that was challenging, yet fun, and required minimal interaction with people. My parents openly encouraged my sisters and me to pursue college/grad school degrees and careers that fit our personality and what we wanted to do”,Dr Gloria Opoku-Boateng said.