This article is published in the February 2016 issue.


Ayla Mangold headshotCRA and CRA-W Welcome Ayla Mangold

Ayla Mangold is the newest member of the CRA team. She joins CRA as a Program Assistant responsible for assisting the Director of Programs and Program Associate in planning and organizing various activities and events for the Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W).

Currently, Ayla is completing her Master’s of Arts in Museum Studies at George Washington University. Ayla is focused on her professional career and learning more about the computer science field while working at Computing Research Association.

In her spare time, Ayla has a passion for the outdoors and museums.

BECA Award

Take the time to nominate an individual for the CRA-W Borg Early Career Award (BECA). Nominations are open to women who are early in their careers in computer science and engineering and deserve to be recognized for significant research contributions and positive/significant impact on advancing women in the computing research community.

Deadline: February 15
Announcement of Winner: May 25

Nominate someone today!

ACSA, CRA-W, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Announce Scholarship for Women in Information Security

Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security is a program that provides an average of 15 female Bachelor’s and Master’s cybersecurity students $5,000 to $10,000 scholarships each year. CRA-W in partnership with Applied Computer Security Associates (ACSA) and sponsorship from ACSA and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise are proud to announce that the 2016-2017 SWSIS Scholarship Application is open!

Deadline: February 29th, 2016

Submit Your Application Today!

NSF CISE 2016 CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop

nsf logoThe following is a guest blog post by Thyaga Nandagopal, National Science Foundation (NSF) Program Director for Computer and Network Systems (CNS). 

The NSF Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) will host a one-day workshop on CAREER Proposal Writing on April 4, 2016. This workshop will be held at the Westin Arlington. The goal of this workshop is to introduce junior CAREER-eligible faculty to the NSF CAREER program and help them to prepare their CAREER proposals to target CISE programs. Attendees will have the opportunity to improve their skills in proposal writing, as well as to interact with NSF program directors from different CISE divisions (ACI, CCF, CNS, and IIS) and recent NSF CAREER awardees. The workshop is also open to multidisciplinary researchers with a CISE-specific focus, including cyberinfrastructure. The workshop includes presentations and discussions on proposal preparation, experience sharing, a mock panel, and meetings with Program Directors from various research programs within CISE. In order to attend this event, registration is required on or before February 21, 2016.  For more information, please visit:

David Johnson Elected to National Academy of Engineering

David JohnsonCongratulations to former CRA Board member David Johnson (Columbia University) for being elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).  Johnson served on the CRA Board from 1997 to 2000. He is being recognized for his contributions to the theory and practice of optimization and approximation algorithms.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature” and to “the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.”

This CCC Blog post highlights computer scientists who were elected members (including Johnson). To see a full list of the newly elected members and foreign members, check out the NAE press release.