Dr Maria Klawe: Getting more women into technology careers.

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Date(s) - 30/03/2016
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Gateway Building

A Q & A Session with Dr Maria Klawe followed by a talk on “Getting more women into technology careers”

On the evening of 30th March, Maria Klawe, distinguished computer scientist and President of Harvey Mudd College, will present the 2016 Carnegie Lecture at the University of St Andrews, entitled “Getting more women into technology careers.  Prior to the public lecture there is an opportunity for a number of SICSA women to have a private question and answer session with Maria, followed by a networking reception.  The Q&A session will start at 3:00 and the network event finish at 5:15, allowing participants time to get to the public lecture where a block of seats will be reserved.

Over the past decade the participation of females in the tech industry has declined rather than advanced. This is unfortunate for young women because of the incredible career opportunities, for the tech industry because of the loss of incoming talent, and for society because of the loss of diversity of perspective among tech teams. I will talk about how we can improve the situation and how Harvey Mudd College dramatically increased the number of females majoring in computer science, from 10% of the majors to over 40%.

Maria Klawe became Harvey Mudd College’s fifth president in 2006. A renowned mathematician, computer scientist and scholar, Klawe is the first woman to lead the College since its founding in 1955. Prior to joining Harvey Mudd, she served as dean of engineering and professor of computer science at Princeton University. Klawe has made significant research contributions to and held numerous leadership roles in the areas of mathematics and computer science. Maria received her PhD (1977) and BSc (1973) in mathematics from the University of Alberta.

For more information please contact Jane Hillston or Bonnie Webber

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