Dr. Deidra Hodges, an assistant professor of electrical engineering in the School of Engineering, has been named 2012 Teacher of the Year.
Each year, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce honors Cobb County teachers and recognizes their good work educating students in the region, and Dr. Hodges will represent SPSU. As Teacher of the Year, she will deliver a presentation on campus during the spring semester.
Dr. Hodges holds a Ph.D. from the University of South Florida in Tampa, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Columbia University in New York, all in electrical engineering. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Dillard University in New Orleans. From 1988-96, she served as an officer in the Engineering Field Division of the U.S. Navy Reserves in Houston.
Dr. Hodges worked for IBM’s Federal Systems Division in Houston and was assigned to onboard space shuttle systems and avionics flight software for the NASA Space Shuttle Program. She also worked for Martin Marietta Manned Space Systems on the proposed unmanned launch vehicle called Shuttle C.
She joined the SPSU faculty in 2009. In August 2011, Dr. Hodges was awarded a competitive National Science Foundation (NSF) Broadening Participation Research Initiation Grant in Engineering (BRIGE). She received a two-year grant of $175,000 to develop copper, zinc, tin and sulfur (CZTS) thin films and solar cells. Her research could lead to lowering the cost of fabricating high-efficiency solar-cell devices through the use of these abundant, low-cost, non-toxic elements.