Dr. Deidra Hodges is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Mechatronics Engineering at Southern Polytechnic State University, since 2010. Dr. Hodges holds the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida. Hodges also received M.S and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, and a B.S. in Physics from Dillard University. Her doctoral research was in the area of "Thin Film CdTe Solar Cells on Flexible Foil Substrates".
Hodges was a recipient of SPSU's Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award on April 23, 2012. Hodges was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Broadening Participation Research Initiation Grant in Engineering a competitive (BRIGE) grant in Aug. 2011 for the Development of CZTS Thin Films and Solar Cells. Hodges also participated in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Faculty and Student Teams (FaST) programs in 2011.
Hodges also worked in Industry for IBM Federal Systems Division in Houston, TX assigned to Onboard Space Shuttle Systems and Avionics Flight Software for NASA Space Shuttle Program. Hodges worked for Martin Marietta Manned Space Systems on the proposed unmanned launch vehicle - Shuttle C. Hodges served as an Officer in the United States Navy Reserves, assigned to the Engineering Field Division.