Women in Computing
“Make space for yourself” – an undergrad’s path from undecided to Amazon engineer“Keep making your way through this field if you feel passionate about it because you’re definitely going to find your place in it.”
“CS has ignited my ambition” – how programming encourages confidence in creativesCS alum Nina Hesse was looking for computer literacy but discovered a deeply creative discipline.
Valeria Bertacco named Mary Lou Dorf Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and EngineeringShe has been recognized for her contributions in broadening participation in CS, innovating in teaching, and in advancing the field.
U-M spin-off Agita Labs releases always encrypted computing productTrustForge, based on U-M research spearheaded by Austin and Bertacco, provides users with the ability to protect data using a process called sequestered encryption
Prof. Valeria Bertacco recognized with University of Padova’s Elvira Poli AwardThis newly-instituted award is given to engineering alumni who have pursued careers aligned with the university's values and dedicated their efforts to gender equality in engineering.
Emily Mower Provost named Toyota Faculty Scholar
Her work uses machine learning to measure mood, emotion, and other aspects of human behavior for purposes of providing early or real-time interventions for people in managing their health.
CAREER Award for deeper insights into interconnected data: from neurons to web searches
Danai Koutra earned the award for her proposal to innovate the way we use networks to understand the world and speed up our technology.
Encouraging careers in research
Organizers hoped to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to successfully apply to a graduate program.
Bertacco recognized for efforts to bolster diversity
Bertacco is a key leader in efforts to improve the representation of women in computer science and develop more extensive cross-cultural connections within the department.
Student receives GSI Award for innovative work as educator, promoting diversity
Burdick has done extensive work as an instructor in EECS courses and promoter of diversity in the department.
When pioneers disappear from history
Tech leader Lynn Conway explores why women and underrepresented minorities lose credit for their contributions over time.
Sloan Fellowship for overcoming Moore’s Law in health and AI
To meet computing demand in a post Moore’s Law future, Das develops new architectures that improve performance by orders of magnitude.
Making a difference for women in academia
Mihalcea has dedicated substantial effort to developing programs aimed at introducing women to the world of computing
Student earns Microsoft Fellowship for research in a new computing paradigm
Kassa is developing a framework that will look at the computations of an application and decide in real time which components will best handle it
Students celebrate women in computing at Grace Hopper
“When you constantly feel like you’re a minority, it is reassuring to attend events like GHC to remind you that you are not alone.”
A champion for women in computer science
“We are trying to change the stereotypes.”
Google award to introduce women to computer science research
Mihalcea and Wendlandt believe a key strategy to increasing the number of women in computing research is to introduce them to the research process early on.
New one-credit course allows those without experience to discover computer science
Throughout the semester, students will work with Prof. Rada Mihalcea and PhD student Laura Wendlandt to see how computers connect to real-world applications in many disciplines.
Faculty spotlight: Rada Mihalcea
Rada Mihalcea is a rock star professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at U-M’s College of Engineering and a champion for the growth and retention of women in that field.
Reetuparna Das earns Borg Early Career Award
Das is passionate about promoting diversity and mentoring women in computer science.
Reflections on Telle Whitney Dow Lecture
We want all people, everywhere, to be at the table creating the technologies that will change our lives.
Ada Lovelace opera and lightning talks highlight women’s contributions to computing
The event featured eight TED-style computer science talks by female faculty and an opera performance.
Five faculty honored for increasing women’s participation in computing
A team of NAME and EECS faculty have been awarded with a Second Place Excellence in Promoting Women in Undergraduate Computing Award.
Tony England receives Susan B. Anthony Campus Award
Dean England of U-M Dearborn has been particularly good in helping women faculty and students achieve success.
Nilmini Abeyratne selected for the Lipschutz, Ayers Host and Olcott Smith Award
Her research focuses on computer architecture as it applies to high performance computing, supercomputers, memory, and interconnects.
Mingyan Liu: Confessions of a pseudo data scientist
Liu’s most recent research involves online learning, modeling of large-scale internet measurement data, and incentive mechanisms for security games.
Mingyan Liu receives CoE Monroe-Brown Foundation Service Excellence Award
Prof. Liu helped implement a diversity incentive program that led to a record number of newly-admitted underrepresented PhD students in 2016 while overseeing the merger of two graduate programs.
Inspiring a new generation of women engineers in Liberia
The students traveled from the University of Liberia and St. Clements University College as representatives of their own SWE chapter, Liberia SWE (L-SWE).
Liz Dreyer earns an outstanding Collegiate Member Award for years of SWE leadership
Liz Dreyer works with Prof. Steve Rand to understand how a new interaction between light and matter can generate electricity.
Nancy Benovich Gilby chosen as Woman of the Year by Michigan Council of Women in Technology
Benovich Gilby, an entrepreneur with 10 successful high-tech startups to her credit, was nominated by students and local entrepreneurs whom she has coached, mentored, advised and taught.
CS KickStart gives incoming freshmen an introduction to computer science
The event took place August 28th to September 2nd on North Campus, and included programming labs, CS lab tours, field trips to local tech companies, and social events to get the participants acclimated to U-M and computer science.
CSE alumna Adriane Chapman recognized with Test of Time Award from ACM SIGMOD
The SIGMOD Test of Time Award recognizes the best paper from the SIGMOD proceedings 10 years prior.
Girls Encoded motivates students to study CS
The all-day event consisted of hands-on activities, a panel discussion, and lab tours to show students the different aspects of CS.
Better gender balance goal of latest MHacks hackathon
MHacks: Refactor, v7 of the nationally-renowned U-M hackathon, drew many more women, underrepresented students and first-timers.
MHacks: Refactor to focus on gender inclusivity and hacker empowerment
This semester the creators are focusing less on numbers and more on the experience.
Valeria Bertacco receives U-M Sarah Goddard Power Award
The award recognizes unwavering commitment to the betterment of women, and clear record of success and significant achievement in research and scholarship, distinguished leadership, and mentoring women.
Jenna Wiens receives NSF CAREER Award to increase the utility of machine learning in clinical care
Her primary research interests lie at the intersection of machine learning and healthcare.
Three Michigan universities receive Pacesetters Awards to attract more women to computer science
Programs will be developed under the grant to foster inclusiveness and to provide support.
Miss Wayne County Inspires Young Girls to Pursue Computer Science
She hopes that by exposing young girls to coding through her outreach efforts, and by being a role model, she will provide inspiration and give them confidence to pursue computer science.
Introducing the Ensemble of CSE Ladies
Members will hold get-togethers, study sessions, talks, and workshops. They will also be piloting a new mentoring program.
Irma Wyman: Computer pioneer and advocate for women in engineering
Her experiences led her to establish the Irma M. Wyman Scholarship at the University’s Center for the Education of Women.
Miss Washtenaw County finds creativity in every opportunity
Alexandria ran on the platform of women in STEM, and exhibited her singing talent from an extensive musical and dance background.