Nora Boettcher is a Senior Manager in PARC’s Project Management Office (PMO) where she facilitates the full project lifecycle of R&D efforts in artificial intelligence, including logic-based, knowledge-based, probabilistic methods, machine learning, embodied intelligence and search/optimization as might be applied to the problem domains of reasoning, knowledge, planning, communication and perception. Working up, down and across the organization in partnership with technical and executive management Nora is responsible for multi-million-dollar, multi-site, cross-disciplinary projects for PARC’s government and commercial clients. She also mentors and coaches researchers by leading an ongoing discussion group on leadership and management.
A long-time member of the PARC community, Nora has held a variety of management positions within PARC. As Research Operations Manager she was responsible for maximizing organizational effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity which included managing people and resources, analyzing business data and processes for continuous improvement and leading a range of organizational change management activities for PARC and Xerox executive management. In her role as Associate Laboratory Director Nora’s focus shifted more broadly to managing and leading a portfolio of activities and, as part of that role, overseeing PARC’s business relationship with its parent company Xerox and then guiding the laboratory through a restructuring as interim Director. Following that, as Research Program Manager, she focused on advancing a small set of projects in Artificial Intelligence and Digital Design and Manufacturing.
Nora received her B.S. from Santa Clara University in Mathematics. She received her A.S. in Liberal Arts (Cum Laude) at De Anza College where she completed undergraduate requirements for degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science, Geology and Physics. She holds numerous certifications, including as a Project Management Professional (PMP® #2039442). A lifelong learner, Nora has participated in multiple executive education programs including at Stanford Graduate School of Business and U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business.