Welcome New Board Members

An essential part of our department’s success comes from our advisory board. We would like to welcome the two newest members of our advisory board, Rashida Hodge and Juli Trexler. Coincidentally, they come to us from IBM and, not so coincidentally, both are NC State Industrial and Systems Engineering Alumni.

Rashida Hodge

Rashida Hodge is the Vice President of IBM Watson Embed and Strategic Partnerships. The IBM Watson Group is charged with accelerating a new class of “cognitive” software, services, and apps that fuel a diverse cloud-based ecosystem of enterprises.

Prior to her current role, Rashida held numerous leadership roles across IBM where she was core to establishing sustainable business operations and end to end client and partner success.

Rashida has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering, from North Carolina State University and holds an MBA from Duke University. She is the founder of the NC State College of Engineering Foundation Real Hope for Next Gen Engineers Endowed Scholarship.

Rashida is originally from St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands and has a passion for mentoring and giving back to her community.

Advisory Board Member Rashida Hodge

Juli Trexler

Juli Trexler is the Global Executive and Director for IBM Support as a Service Business Line in IBM’s Global Technology Services Division. Trexler has been with IBM for 20 years and has worked in executive and leadership roles for over 15 of those years. Her experience spans across many areas from Global Supply Chain, Manufacturing, and Logistics Operations to Engineering Management, Process Innovation, and Business Transformation. Most recently she has moved to client-facing business development and business line management. At the core, Trexler is a dynamic leader who prides herself in leading with integrity and results-driven innovation.

Trexler has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University, is a Certified Project Management Professional, and a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Advisory Board Member Juli Trexler