Computing Research Association Tackles Diversity in Tech

Originally posted on Associations Now By: Rob Stott A recent Computing Research Association survey showed that, while more diverse than top tech companies, computer-science degree programs still struggle to court underrepresented students. CRA has a few programs aimed at combating that trend. The issue of diversity in the tech industry—rather, the lack thereof—is nothing new. […]

Making the Maker Movement Accessible

Originally Posted in Product Design and Development By: National Science Foundation 3D printing is often lauded for its ability to create assistive technologies for those who are differently-abled. The “Iron Man” arm, created by Albert Manero and his team from the University of Central Florida for a young boy in Florida, is in many ways an […]

Maja Mataric: The Story Behind an Influential Advocate for Women in Tech

Originally Posted on ITBusinessEdge By: Don Tennant Earlier this month, I wrote a post about my interview with Maja Mataric, vice dean for research at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering and a driving force behind  “The Next MacGyver,” a project aimed at attracting young girls to the STEM professions. As I indicated […]

How Can We Encourage More Women to Study Computer Science?

Originally Posted on The Conversation By: MARIA KLAWE I’ve been passionate about increasing women’s participation in computer science for more than 25 years. While the number of undergraduate women pursuing some STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields like biology and chemistry has steadily increased over the past couple of decades, women’s participation in computer science has actually been […]

UW Recognized for Promoting Women in Computer Science

Originally Posted on Xconomy Seattle By: Benjamin Romano The University of Washington’s computer science program granted 30 percent of its undergraduate degrees last year to women, a mark that earned it recognition from the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). The UW received the grand prize in the first NCWIT Extension Services Transformation Awards, “based […]

Explore Resources for Women Undergrads in Science, Engineering

Originally Posted on US News By: Delece Smith-Barrow The lack of women in science and engineering has long been a sore spot within the U.S. education system, and it’s not getting any better. From 2004 to 2014, the share of bachelor’s degrees earned by women decreased in engineering; computer sciences; Earth, atmospheric and ocean sciences; physical […]

What It Took These Four Women To Get Into Robotics

Originally Posted on ReadWrite By: Lauren Orsini Lead photo: Cynthia Breazeal When it comes to gender ratio, engineering is one of the most highly imbalanced fields around. Not only are few women engineers working today, far fewer female college students are entering science and technology-related fields compared to their male colleagues. And one of the […]