Maria F. Trujillo, Ph.D

Distance Learning Expert

Dr. Trujillo is Faculty Director and Associate Professor of the Practice for the Master’s in Systems Engineering and Master’s in Technology Management programs at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies which serves more than 10,000 students per year: 3,000 are degree-seeking. The population of learners it serves, historically referred to as “nontraditional” now makes up nearly 75% of all the student population, and with work, family, and other obligations, these learners are changing how institutions of higher education think about student needs. The TM and SEM MPS programs she directs enroll more than 460 students in online and on-ground formats. For 30 years, Dr. Trujillo has solved problems at the intersection of knowledge, technology, and adult learning. Her main areas of expertise include systems analysis, capacity development, knowledge management, project management, USAID CLA's framework, and curriculum development. Before Georgetown, Dr. Trujillo designed a Jumpstart Funding initiative for a set of tripartite groupings of 12 global partners called the “Innovation Pods” and a P2PX – Peer to Peer eXchange Program. As Deputy Director of Capacity Development in the GMS project (a consortium of 29 partners) with a budget of approximately $4 million US/year funded by USAID, she also had oversight of the integrity of the GMS Consultant and Training Management Applications hosting 400+ active virtual consultants.Nicknamed the ‘Internet Girl’ for being the only woman among a group of men that connected Colombia to the internet in 1995, Dr. Trujillo also created the first Linux Center in the country, and the largest installation of Sun workstations in Latin America at the time. The network servers were managed by a group of 60 student administrators. It was awarded the Scientific Merit Award in 1996 by the Junior Chamber International.


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