Linda Hayden

Professor of Computer Science

Elizabeth City State University

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Dr. Linda Hayden holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Education. She is a professor in the department of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Director of the Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research (CERSER). CERSER works in partnership with federal agencies, other universities and private corporations on education and research projects. She leads workforce development activities for the NSF Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI). Professor Hayden is an NSF Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring and has served on the Advisory Board for NSF Geoscience Division.

She is well known in the community for her STEM outreach efforts including the Celebration of Women in Mathematics, which, since 1995 has each year, brought 400 girls and their teachers to our campus for an exciting day of mathematics competition, hands-on workshops and career seminars.

Her support of undergraduate research training and student professional development is legendary.   One research project in which students have been involved resulted in a newly discovered bay in Antarctica being named Elizabeth City State University Bay…. Note, very few institutions have geographic features named in their honor.

Her two-part interview “Renaissance People with Dr. Linda Hayden” is available on YouTube ( and and on the Renaissance Computing Institute website (