Dr. Zayira Jordan holds a PhD in Human Computer Interaction from Iowa State University. At the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, she directs capstone projects in computer science and computer engineering. She is spearheading an effort to discern a path from capstone to startup. She is an I-Corps mentor for a startup taking a university-owned cybersecurity patent to market. She teaches programming, cybersecurity, human computer interaction, and web development courses. She has been lead researcher in projects on emotional computing and brain-computer interface, proximity detection systems and embodied presence in virtual worlds. She was a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute fellow and worked in Congress and at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. Her work on STEM education informs her efforts in Puerto Rico where she is implementing projects to motivate engineering students to consider entrepreneurship as a valid and viable career path.