Aleksandra Fortier 

Dr. Aleksandra Fortier is the Intellectual Property Scientific Advisor within the Law Offices of Haynes and Boone LLP in Richardson, Texas. Prior to Haynes and Boone LLP, Dr. Fortier has held positions as Research Scientist and Summer Faculty Fellow with Wright Patterson Air Force Research Laboratory Dayton, Ohio, (2016-2018), Assistant Professor of Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering at University of North Texas Denton, Texas (2010-2017), Summer Faculty Fellow at University of Maryland CALCE Center (2011), and Application and Manufacturing Engineer for several electronic companies (2003-2009).

Dr. Fortier obtained B.S. (2005), M.S. (2006) and Ph.D. (2009) degrees in mechanical engineering and second M.S. (2009) in engineering management from Southern Methodist University Dallas, Texas. Dr. Fortier technical background spans the area of reliability and life-cycle performance of electronics, with focus on device health management, and processing, and design of novel engineering materials. Her research work has been published in over 40 peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, and technical presentations and she holds 3 US patents applications.

Dr. Fortier was born and raised in Skopje, Macedonia and arrived in the United States as a freshmen in college to pursue her studies. Dr. Fortier is very passionate about Macedonian Foreign Policy as well as Macedonia’s right to its own language, independence, autonomy, and growth. She wants to further contribute towards the UMD’s efforts to make the rest of the world aware of Macedonian strong culture, traditions and values.