Azariah Cole-Shephard

Technical Advisor

San Jose State University – B.S. in Electrical Engineering

National Council on Patent Practicum РPatent Pipeline Program 

Azariah is a multi-faceted force who thrives in every space that she enters into. In 2022 she became the first Black woman to receive a BS in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University in over 15 years and she has overcome a plethora of challenges, but continues to shine in the face of adversity. She is recent graduate of the National Council on Patent Practicum’s Patent Pipeline Program and works as a Technical Advisor at BakerHostetler. Azariah is a former Oakland Youth Poet Laureate. In her free time, Azariah enjoys developing her talents as an award-winning poet and educator, mentoring youth, learning from elders in her community, community service, and modeling. Azariah is currently working to continue her educational endeavors by taking the Patent Bar and preparing for enrollment in a JD-PhD program for IP Law and Tech Ethics.

Azariah is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and serves as the Collegiate Social Action Coordinator for the Farwest Region.

Get to know Azariah Cole-Shephard

What are you most proud of in your work or life?

My commitment to achieving everything I put my mind to, even if the road to getting the accomplishment was different than that which I anticipated.

What are your passions and hobbies?

Teaching poetry as a means of trauma management and mental wellness, modeling, community service, AI -centered research, spending time with family

Do you have a personal motto or other words to live by?

“”Your attitude will determine your altitude.”
“If not now, then when? If not me, then who?”