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UNC Clean Tech Speaker

Freda Porter

Freda Porter
Tribal Administrator
Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina


Dr. Freda Porter is the Tribal Administrator for the Lumbee Tribe. Her strategic insights, national leadership experience serving American Indian and other minority groups, and success as a business owner, have combined to build proactive Tribal programs such as the Lumbee Nation Economic Summit, Lumbee Days at the Smithsonian NMAI, and Disaster Recovery Support Services.

She is also the owner and CEO of Porter Scientific. Dr. Porter has more than 35 years of teaching, research, consulting, and management experience as a University Professor and Defense Contractor. Fifteen of those years have been devoted to researching and applying innovative technologies to protect and restore our environment. Formerly, a Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, she directed Mathematics and Environmental Science enrichment programs inspiring students to pursue STEM careers.

As a defense contractor, she managed environmental compliance, computer facility support, construction QA/AC, and R&D contracts. Her team has also managed Brownfields Assessment and Job Training Programs for EPA. Her national business affiliations have allowed her to help advance economic development initiatives among her tribe and community.

Dr. Porter earned her BS from UNC Pembroke, MS from North Carolina State University and PhD from Duke University in Applied Mathematics specializing in Numerical Modeling. She has been involved in Groundwater Contamination research with EPA and Noise Modeling and Simulation research with NASA Langley Research Center.

Her current initiatives at Porter Scientific include environmental sustainability and green energy projects with a focus on military and commercial applications. Dr. Porter (Lumbee) is a member of Prospect United Methodist Church. She has two sons, Dwayne and Brian, a granddaughter, Laila and a grandson, Ethan. Dr. Porter was born in Robeson County, North Carolina.