Dr. Nashlie H. Sephus


  • Mississippi State University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Nashlie H. Sephus is a native of Jackson and a class of 2003 graduate of Murrah High School/Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex (APAC). After graduation, she attended Mississippi State University and received a B.S. in computer engineering in 2007. Dr. Sephus received her Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2014 and worked for a year with Exponent, a technical consulting firm, in New York City. Her core research areas were digital signal processing, machine learning, and computer engineering.

Dr. Sephus had several internships and research experiences worldwide with companies such as IBM, Delphi, University of California at Berkeley, GE Research Center, GE Energy, Miller Transporters, and Kwangwoon University in Seoul, South Korea.

In 2018, Dr. Sephus became the founder and CEO of The Bean Path, an incubator and technology consulting nonprofit in Jackson that has helped more than 400 local businesses and individuals with technology needs. In September of 2020, she became the owner and developer of the Jackson Tech District, a 12-acre mixed-use commercial real-estate space in downtown Jackson, to bring tech training and workforce/economic development to the area. Additionally, she is the co-founder of KITTLabs in Atlanta, GA which was created to assist in building equity and opportunity, targeting Black entrepreneurs in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math). Dr. Sephus is a 2019 recipient of an Ada Lovelace Award.

Currently, she is the Applied Science manager for Amazon’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) focusing on fairness and identifying biases in AWS AI technologies. She formerly led the Amazon Visual Search team in Atlanta, which launched visual search for replacement parts on the Amazon Shopping app in June 2018. This technology is a result of former startup Partpic (Atlanta) being acquired by Amazon, for which she was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

During her leisure time, she enjoys playing tennis, playing the piano, listening to music, bargain hunting, biking, gardening, and working on do-it-yourself (DIY) projects at home.