COVES Fellow Profile

Nishat Ara Nipa

  • Ph.D. candidate, Electrical Engineering
  • University of South Florida
  • Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation, Commercialization Division

“My experience as a COVES fellow has been immensely rewarding, strengthening my desire to pursue a career that harmonizes academia, industry, and policy.”

Summer Responsibilities: Nishat contributed to a white paper on facilitating the commercialization of university-based intellectual property. This involved comprehensive research, interviews with stakeholders, and analysis of best practices. The outcome was a series of recommendations for founder-friendly IP licensing policies and practices in Virginia universities.

Background: Nishat is currently a research fellow at the Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center, where she is supervised by Dr. Sachin Shetty. Her research interests are diverse and include artificial intelligence (ai), deep learning, and machine learning applications, with a focus on trustworthy AI. She believes we’re going through a transformative era where the emergence of AI is changing the way we look at life and it’s imperative to integrate policy to regulate AI for the greater good of humankind.


  • Ph.D. candidate, Electrical Engineering, University of South Florida
  • M.S., Communications and Signal Processing, University of Dhaka (Bangladesh)
  • B.S., Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University of Dhaka (Bangladesh)