Priyanka Komala

Technologist, STEM Speaker in Washington, DC

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At age five Priyanka gave an impromptu speech about an aeroplane which catapulted her into becoming the distinguished speaker she is today. Although she had followed the cultural expectation of getting a Masters to become an engineer and technologist, Priyanka knew she wanted to make a bigger impact, so she got her MBA.

Priyanka is passionate about using technology as an enabler to help scientists communicate effectively to varied audiences. She enjoys sharing insights on happiness, personal growth, STEM, and the potential of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).

At the US National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, she is responsible for creating and delivering the web strategy and future technological direction for a $30M division. She serves as the Vice President of DC Web Women and is on the board of Byte Back Next Generation Council.

A Distinguished Toastmaster, Priyanka graduated from Anna University with a degree in Engineering and ranked top 5 among 15,000 students in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. She holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from American University and an M.B.A from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Portfolio - Speaker & Writer:

Huffington Post | Keynote - Boston ACT Conference | Women in Manufacturing | SANS Cyber Defense Initiative | ISSA Cybersecurity Special Interest Group | DC Code Writers Software Leadership Conference | General Assembly | Women in Tech DC Summit | University of Michigan India Business Conference | Women in Technology | Girls in Technology | INROADS | YuvaShakthi | Women of the World festival | InPower | Toastmasters International Magazine | Code with Veni | HelloGiggles


* Rising Star finalist for the 18th Annual Women in Technology Leadership awards

* DC Inno's 50 on Fire

  • Work
    • National Academy of Sciences
  • Education
    • American University
    • University of Michigan
    • Anna University, Chennai