Andrea H. Tapia is an Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology. Dr. Tapia is a scholar of Public Informatics, research situated at the intersection of people, information and technology in a public setting. Dr. Tapia’s work has (1) created a place for a socio-technical investigation of public institutions within the overlapping fields of Sociology, Science and Technology Studies, and Telecommunications. Her work in Public Informatics has (2) contributed to the understanding of the patterns, behaviors and barriers to coordination through technologies among public institutions. Her work in Public Informatics has (3) contributed to addressing some of the most critical social problems facing the world today, such as humanitarian relief, emergency response, and social and economic development and social exclusion. Her work in Public Informatics has (4) directly contributed to the policy-making bodies of the United Nations, the U.S. Obama Administration and the largest international relief and development organizations globally.