Dawn serves on the High-Tech High Heels Education Committee. Dawn is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. She also serves as the Program Director for the Undergraduate Information Technology and Systems degree program, and the Director of the ITS Academy which is home to several STEM outreach events. These events are targeted to introduce middle school and high school students to opportunities in STEM. Dawn is the faculty advisor for several student organizations, two of which their mission is to support women in STEM.