Marghitu named DO-IT Trailblazer

Published: Jul 23, 2015 9:00:00 AM
Media Contact: Morgan Stashick,, 334-844-3591


Daniela Marghitu, professor in Auburn University’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, has received the DO-IT Trailblazer Award from the DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology) program at the University of Washington. The program seeks to increase the success of people with disabilities in challenging academic programs, including science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Marghitu is an active member of DO-IT and serves on the DO-IT faculty leadership team, which includes engineering faculty members and administrators from 10 states. She has created and implemented paid internships for DO-IT participants, facilitated a DO-IT-sponsored capacity-building institute at Auburn University called Universal Design in Academia, contributed to case studies in the DO-IT Knowledge Base and presented a session at a national capacity-building institute in Seattle called “Attracting Girls, Special Needs, Minority, and Underserved Students to STEM Majors and Careers.”

She is the founding director of the Auburn University Educational and Assistive Technology Laboratory, the co-principal investigator and technology coordinator of the Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in STEM, and is a contributor to DO-IT projects that include AccessComputing, AccessCS10k and AccessEngineering.