Afroze Mohammed joined Virginia Tech as Associate Director of Strategic Alliances in December 2011, based in the National Capital Region. Her role focuses on building strong partnerships between Virginia Tech and companies in metropolitan Washington, DC, with the goal of fostering greater collaboration in research endeavors, entrepreneurial activities, and economic development. Afroze is active in economic development and industry groups in the National Capital Region.
Afroze brings to Virginia Tech a high performance track record in industry, consulting, and research. She has directed successful product marketing and alliance development programs at leading energy, educational technology, and telecommunications software companies.
At the CURRENT Group, an innovative smart grid company, Afroze developed a partnership program with complementary technology providers, including both Fortune 500 companies and start-up ventures. Earlier, as Director of Product Marketing at Blackboard Inc., an educational software company that is one of Washington DC's top entrepreneurial success stories, Afroze led marketing initiatives for Blackboard's flagship e-learning products and managed partnerships with industry associations to increase Blackboard's market penetration and reputation. At Lucent Technologies, Afroze ran product marketing and alliance programs for business intelligence products. In the academic arena, she worked as a Research Associate at Harvard Business School, developing best-selling case studies on topics in marketing, policy, operations, and international business.
Afroze has an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management and a B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Georgetown University.