Ann Gates and Laura Haas Win Awards from ABI

The Anita Borg Social Impact Award honors an individual that has caused technology to have a positive impact on the lives of women and society or has caused women to have a signifi-cant impact on the design and use of technology. The 2010 award winner is Ann Quiroz Gates. Ann   is the Associate Vice President of Research and Sponsored Projects at the University of Texas at El Paso.  Asthe founder of the Computing Alliance for Hispanic Serving Institutions, Ann’s leadership is making a significant social impact by increasing the number of Latinos and Latinas graduating from college and seeking graduate studies in STEM fields.

The Anita Borg Technical Leadership Award is given to a woman who has inspired the women’s technology com-munity through outstanding technological and social contributions. This year’s winner, Laura Haas, is an IBM Fellow and Director of Computer Science based at IBM Research, Almaden. She directs research in information
management, human computer interaction, theoretical foundations of computing, and healthcare informatics. Laura is also one of the founders of IBM’s information integration solutions, which today include products Laura Haas that can integrate both structured and unstructured data via federation, consolida-tion and search. She was named an IBM Fellow, IBM’s highest technical honor in 2009, and she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2010.

Both Ann and Laura have served as speakers at CRA-W mentoring workshops.

The winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on September 30 during the 10th Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) in Atlanta, Georgia.