EE alumnus Colin Parris (M.S. ’87, Ph.D. ’94, advisor: Domenico Ferrari), the Ken Kennedy keynote speaker at the 2020 ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, is the subject of a CMDIT interview. He talks about his childhood, the value of diversity in technological fields, and what young people interested in tech careers should know. His keynote lecture, titled “How Digital Technology Will Shape the Future of Business,” discussed how AI’s physical/digital marriage can accelerate business growth and create new opportunities for people who want to find solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. Parris is currently the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at GE Digital.