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Presentations at Women in Engineering Conference

Kristin Yvonne Rozier delivered two presentations at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC2008) in Keystone, Colorado on October 3. GHC is a series of conferences designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. Presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industrial, academic, and government communities. Leading researchers present their current work, while special sessions focus on the role of women in today’s technology fields, including computer science, information technology, research, and engineering. The theme of this year’s conference was “We Build a Better World.”

In keeping with that theme, “Choosing Your Building Bricks: How to Find Your Research Direction” featured three women in three different research areas of computer science who arrived at their research topics in very different ways. The presenters were Kristin Yvonne Rozier (NASA Ames Research Center), Kristen R. Walcott (University of Virginia), and Katie Panciera (University of Minnesota). They presented an organized outline of several possible paths for finding the “next” research topic and how to further focus to one problem, with emphasis on themes common to all three paths. Each speaker shared her personal story and referred to more general tips that have helped her.

“Setting Up An Effective Organization To Support Girls” described the MAGIC (More Active Girls In Computing) program for mentoring middle and high school girls that was kicked off at GHC2007. The MAGIC team has spent the past year setting up the infrastructure towards building an effective organization for supporting these girls. Presenters Ira Pramanick (Google), Fauzia Saeed (Sun Microsystems), Katy Dickinson (Sun Microsystems), Kristin Y. Rozier (NASA Ames), and Meenakshi Kaul-Basu (Sun Microsystems) discussed basic elements of such an infrastructure, and the successes and setbacks that the MAGIC team has faced, then shared thoughts, ideas, and experiences in related areas with the audience.

Contact: Kristin Yvonne Rozier

11/03/2008

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