CRA Staff

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Andrew Bernat

Executive Director

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202-266-2949

Andrew Bernat

Executive Director

Dr. Andrew Bernat was a founding member and chair of the Computer Science Department at the University of Texas at El Paso (spending 20 years there), NSF Program Director and now the Executive Director of the CRA.

He has some 70 refereed publications, roughly equally in disciplinary research and in computing education, a large number of presentations and in excess of $25 million in externally funded activities. In recognition of "... his success in creating arguably the strongest computer science department at a minority-serving institution ...", the Computing Research Association honored him with the 1997 A. Nico Habermann Award. Outside interests include steam locomotives, narrow gauge railroads, SCUBA and his wonderful grandchildren.

Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

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Betsy Bizot

Director of Statistics and Evaluation

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202-266-2943

Betsy Bizot

Director of Statistics and Evaluation

Betsy started at CRA in 2004. She has two main responsibilities there: the annual CRA Taulbee Survey of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Information departments; and evaluation of programs to encourage members of underrepresented groups toward research careers in computing.

She received her B.S. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech in 1978. While working in software development, she earned an MBA from Tulane University in 1984. The combination of coursework and on-the-job experience led her to an interest in successful technical teamwork and leadership, and to a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Tulsa in 1988. She did some statistical software development, then worked for 14 years for Career Vision, a not-for-profit in the Chicago suburbs, conducting research and product development related to career choice and career satisfaction. She is happy to bring the social science research and computing branches of her professional career together at CRA.

Betsy is interested in underrepresented groups in science and engineering, career paths in research (especially computing research), and in making information available to people in forms that are useful for decision making.

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Sandra Corbett

Program Associate

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Sandra Corbett

Program Associate

Sandra joined CRA in 2011.  As part of the CRA team, her responsibilities involve designing and developing all of the internal databases for CRA, processing all account payables for the organization and working with the Director of Programs on CRA-W programs, specifically the CREU and DREU programs. 

Sandra holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Strayer University.  She earned her Master of Science degree in Database Administration (2011), and Master of Business Administration degree (2012) from the University of Maryland University College.

Her outside interests involve reading, learning about database development and big data analytics- the process of examining large amounts of data of a variety of types to uncover hidden patterns, unknown correlations and other useful information.

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Ann Drobnis

Director, Computing Community Consortium

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202-266-2936

Ann Drobnis

Director, Computing Community Consortium

Dr. Ann Drobnis is Director of the Computing Community Consortium. Most recently, she was an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the National Science Foundation working on education and workforce development issues for the CISE Directorate.  Ann spent most of her time working on the CS10K Project, whose goal is to get academically rigorous computer science courses into 10,000 high schools by 2016.  This is a much needed effort to create the research and workforce pipeline that our field so desperately needs.  Prior to her time at NSF, she taught high school computer science and math at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.  She has a passion for broadening participation in computing, as her doctoral research was focused on ways to bring more females into the field.

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Peter Harsha

Director of Government Affairs

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202-556-4335

Peter Harsha

Director of Government Affairs

Peter Harsha is the Director of Government Affairs for the Computing Research Association, an organization representing 200 North American academic departments of computer science, computer engineering and related fields; 26 industrial research labs; and 6 affiliated professional societies. In his position, Peter works to help CRA influence computing research policy by improving public and policy maker understanding of the nature of research, and by increasing the computing community’s awareness of and participation in policy issues. Prior to joining CRA in October 2001, Peter spent six years working for Congress, beginning as a member of the personal staff of Congressman Nick Smith of Michigan. In the 106th and 107th Congresses, Peter served as a member of the professional staff of the House Science Committee as Chairman Smith’s designee on the Subcommittee on Research, working on a portfolio of issues that included oversight of the National Science Foundation, Information Technology, the U.S. Fire Administration, and the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. Peter is a graduate of Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan.

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Sabrina Jacob

Administrator

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202-266-2934

Sabrina Jacob

Administrator

Sabrina Jacob has been with CRA since August 2007 as the Sr. Administrative Assistant. One of her primary duties is overseeing/managing the ads that appear on the CRA website as well as in the electronic CRN. Sabrina did her undergraduate work in Psychology at UMUC.

Prior to joining CRA, Sabrina worked many years with different non-profit organizations both nationally as well as internationally. She also spent a number of years working at NBC, PBS, and C-SPAN as a master control engineer, a producer and a director.

In her spare time Sabrina loves to read between juggling her schedule as a soccer mom for her son Joshua and maintaining his very busy academic and social schedule.

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Brian Mosley

Policy Analyst

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202-266-2944

Brian Mosley

Policy Analyst

Brian is the Policy Analyst for CRA, representing the Association before Congress, Executive Branch agencies, and the computing & scientific community in Washington.  He is enthusiastic about the governmental process and wants to help both researchers and elected representatives get the most out of their democracy.  Brian has over seven years experience in government affairs and has worked in the fields of technology & innovation policy, science and energy research, and STEM education.  Prior to arriving at CRA, he worked in the Washington Office of the American Physical Society and interned for Congressman Steny Hoyer of Maryland while in college. In his spare time, Brian is an accomplished amateur photographer, with multiple photographs having been displayed in juried art shows.  Brian is a graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland with a B.A. in History and Political Science.

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Ama Nyame-Mensah

Research Associate, Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP)

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202-266-2935

Ama Nyame-Mensah

Research Associate, Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP)

Ama Nyame-Mensah joined CRA in 2013, as a Research Assistant for the Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP). Now, as a Research Associate at CERP, she helps to evaluate programs that are aimed at promoting demographic diversity in computing fields.

Ama holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Delaware and earned a Master of Arts degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the same institution in 2013. While at the University of Delaware, Ama focused her studies on examining the role of social and technological innovation in economic development.

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Erik Russell

Director of Programs

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202-266-2941

Erik Russell

Director of Programs

As Director of Programs at CRA, Erik is involved with a broad range of programs focusing on human resources, community-building, and connecting CRA with the other organizations advancing computer science and engineering. He supports several CRA committees such as the Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W), the Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC), the CRA Deans Group, and others.

Before joining CRA, Erik worked to advance computer science education through his service as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow within the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering at the National Science Foundation. As part of the Education and Workforce Program at NSF, which included initiatives such as Broadening Participation in Computing, and the Computing Education for the 21st Century, Erik has been actively working to engage and retain students from underrepresented groups in computer science.

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Shar Steed

Communications Specialist

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202-266-2939

Shar Steed

Communications Specialist

As a Communications Specialist at CRA, Shar Steed manages strategic communications for the organization and Computing Research News.

Previously at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), she managed integrated marketing campaigns to enhance national awareness of the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships program. Shar was a Marketing Communications Assistant at National 4-H Council and has experience in public relations with private firms, and academic institutions.

She holds a bachelors' degree in public relations from the University of South Carolina and a master's degree in integrated marketing communications from Florida State University.

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Jane Stout

Director, Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP)

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202-266-2937

Jane Stout

Director, Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP)

Dr. Jane Stout leads basic social science research and evaluation for the computing community. She and her team at CERP focus their research specifically on understanding how best to promote success and persistence among women and individuals from other underrepresented groups in computing, both in the academy and industry.

Jane obtained her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at The University of Massachusetts Amherst with a concentration in quantitative methods in 2011. She did postdoctoral training at The University of Colorado Boulder before becoming the Director of CERP in 2013.

Jane enjoys playing the violin and classical guitar, daily yoga practice (of the Iyengar tradition) and travel.

 Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

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Helen Vasaly

Program Associate, Computing Community Consortium

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202-266-2953

Helen Vasaly

Program Associate, Computing Community Consortium

As a Program Associate at CRA, Helen Vasaly interacts with members of the research community and policy makers to organize meetings, workshops, and outreach activities.  

Most recently, she was a Science Education Analyst at the National Science Foundation working on promoting excellence in undergraduate STEM education for the Education and Human Resources Directorate. Helen organized and participated in a number of outreach events and conferences for many programs including theAdvanced Technological Education (ATE) Program, whose goal is to increase the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy.


She holds a bachelor’s of science in biology as well as a master’s of science in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Virginia.

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Heather Wright

Research Associate, Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP)

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202-266-2945

Heather Wright

Research Associate, Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP)

Heather Wright joined CRA in 2013, and is a Research Associate for the Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP).  During her time with CERP, she is working on the CI Fellows Project.  Heather graduated from Radford University in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Sociology, with minors in Technical and Business Writing and Women’s Studies. Previously, Heather worked as a Research Assistant for the Center for Social and Cultural Research.


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