Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Dr Maria Klawe - The Harvey Mudd Story: From 10% to 40% female in CS in three years

CSE Distinguished Lecture Series
Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 3:30pm
Atrium, Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering

In 2006, much like at many other institutions, about 10% of HMC's CS majors were female. At that time only a third of HMC's students were female, but CS was an aberration. About 20% of the Physics majors and close to 30% of the engineering majors were female. Four years later 40% of HMC's CS majors were female, exactly the same percentage as the whole HMC student body. This talk describes how the CS department accomplished this change.

Maria Klawe, a renowned computer scientist, became president of Harvey Mudd College in 2006. Before joining HMC she served as dean of engineering and professor of computer science at Princeton, held several positions at the University of British Columbia, and worked at IBM Research. Maria's current research interests include discrete mathematics, serious games, and assistive technologies. One of her lifelong passions is to increase the participation of women and other under-represented groups in science and engineering, especially in areas such as computer science. Maria is a past president of the Association of Computing Machinery, a trustee of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Berkeley, and a member of the board of Math for America. She serves on the boards of directors of Microsoft Corporation and Broadcom corporation.