Debra Lam

Debra Lam

Principal Researcher
Managing Director, Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation
SEI Lead: Smart Cities and Inclusive Communities

Ms. Debra Lam is the Managing Director of Smart Cities and Inclusive innovation for Georgia Tech, a newly created role to drive smart cities and urban innovation work across the university and beyond. 

Prior to this, she served as Pittsburgh's first ever Chief of Innovation & Performance where she oversaw all technology, sustainability, performance and innovation functions of city government. She crafted the city's first strategic plan for innovation, Inclusive Innovation Roadmap. She has been a receipt of various awards, including one of the top 50 Women in Technology nationally. She has worked and lived in New York, the United Kingdom, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. 

She is a graduate of Georgetown University and University of California, Berkeley.

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  • Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation Page

  • Georgia Institute of Technology

    Research Focus Areas:
  • Delivery & Storage
  • Use & Conservation
  • Additional Research:

    System Design & Optimization

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