Women in Computing

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


The College of Computing at Georgia Tech is defining the new face of computing, which  literally means "a new face." The computing discipline cannot be fully successful without more women. Diversity of thought is integral to the field of computer science reaching its full potential. As evidenced by more than 30 female faculty, researchers and instructors, a graduate computer science program that is 20 percent women and 13 Anita Borg scholarship winners, we have an overwhelmingly successful support organization and network that’s helped make us a top destination for the field's most promising students and world-class faculty.

Anita Borg Scholarship Winners

Brashear Helene Brashear
Ph.D. student, Computer Science, School of Computer Science
"The College has provided me with excellent support, academically and beyond. My professors have taken interest in my research and my personal success. I really feel like people have been extremely supportive of my career and my needs."
Chetty Marshini Chetty
Ph.D. student, Human-Centered Computing, School of Interactive Computing
"The College has always been a supportive environment for me. More importantly, the College hasn't just been about work, it’s also been more like a family, which is great when you're living in a country away from home!"
Jill Dimond Jill Dimond
Ph.D. student, Human-Centered Computing, School of Interactive Computing
Jill's research focuses on underrepresentation in computing. In a project that addressed the CS educational pipeline, she developed a programming environment for the One Laptop Per Child initiative that allows kids to simultaneously program a working chat client as they chat with their peers.
Betsy DiSalvo Betsy DiSalvo
Ph.D. student, Human-Centered Computing, School of Interactive Computing
"The human-centered computing program at Georgia Tech is one of the few programs that allow me to look at the intersection of race and gender, and to consider cultural factors, when researching the education and practice of computer science."
Andrea Grimes Andrea Grimes
Ph.D. candidate, Human-Centered Computing, School of Interactive Computing
"In the College of Computing, I have received extensive support to do the kind of research I am passionate about. I am surrounded by a community of students and faculty that values research with the potential to impact the world in significant and valuable ways."
Gillian Hayes Gillian Hayes
Assistant Professor, Department of Informatics, School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine
"As a Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech, I focused my research on record-keeping in everyday life, a focus I have continued here in Irvine. The College of Computing was a great place to accomplish interdisciplinary work, and I felt well prepared to move on to a faculty position."
Julie Kientz Julie Kientz
Assistant Professor, Human Centered Design & Engineering
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington

"The College of Computing was instrumental in allowing me to create the collaborations necessary to do interesting and socially meaningful work, as well as in providing the intellectual background to make it happen."
Maithilee Kunda Maithilee Kunda
Ph.D. student, Computer Science, School of Interactive Computing
"I am continually inspired by the people that surround me at the College of Computing; faculty, staff, and students alike are unfailingly enthusiastic and supportive.  I can imagine no better research environment for taking intellectual risks and for cultivating new ideas and perspectives."
Kristine Nagel Kristine Nagel
Associate Vice President for Educational Technology Development & Evaluation Georgia Gwinnett College
"I was a non-traditional student, returning to graduate school for a second career, and found the College of Computing provided the advising and research resources I needed to succeed. There is an appreciation in the College of all facets of what the individual brings to the research community—not only the publishable results, but also your professional development."
Erika Poole Erika Poole
Ph.D. candidate, Human-Centered Computing, School of Interactive Computing
"Georgia Tech's a great place for pursuing interdisciplinary research. During my time here, I’ve had a chance to work on projects related to areas as diverse as preventive healthcare and public policy. I’ve not only become a better computer scientist, I’ve learned how I can use my technical skills to better the world."
Jennifer Stoll Jennifer Stoll
Ph.D. student, Human-Centered Computing, School of Interactive Computing
"It's possible to really pursue your research passion in the College of Computing. The ideas, support and encouragement I've received here have really helped me explore how to make real-world impact with my research."
Tracy Westeyn Tracy Westeyn
Ph.D. student, Computer Science, School of Computer Science
"The College has helped me to mature into a young computing professional, and I am proud to have had the opportunity to serve as the co-president of Women@CC, as the student representative on the undergraduate curriculum committee, and also as one of the few student instructors. It is a wonderful feeling to be able to give back to the Institute that has given me so much."
Sarita Yardi Sarita Yardi
Ph.D. Student, Human-Centered Computing, School of Interactive Computing
Working with Associate Professor Amy Bruckman in the Electronic Learning Communities Lab, Sarita studies how Atlanta-area teens use technology in their lives. Her area of specialization is social computing, focusing on social networks and the science of networks.
Lana Yarosh Lana Yarosh
Ph.D. Student, Human-Centered Computing, School of Interactive Computing
"The College of Computing is the perfect place to launch my career as a world-class researcher. It has provided me with opportunities to connect with leaders in my field by supporting my work at Georgia Tech, by enabling internships with leading industry companies, and by connecting me with the larger global research community through study abroad."

Faculty Women in Computing

Rosa Arriaga Senior Research Scientist
Maria Balcan Assistant Professor
Alexandra Boldyreva Assistant Professor
Amy Bruckman Associate Professor
Stephanie Chaillat Research Scientist I
Maribeth Coleman Research Scientist with IMTC
Ellen Do Associate Professor, Joint with College of Architecture
Imme Ebert-Uphoff Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering
Barbara Ericson Director, CS Outreach
Ada Gavrilovska Research Scientist II
Beki Grinter Associate Professor
Concettina Guerra Part-Time Professor
Mary Jean Harrold Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Ayanna Howard Adjunct Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Melody Jackson Professor and Director, Center for BioInterface Research
Hyesoon Kim Assistant Professor
Janet L. Kolodner Regents' Professor
Eva K. Lee Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Industrial and Systems Eng.
Ling Liu Professor
Karen Liu Assistant Professor
Kristin Marsicano Instructor
Alexandra Mazalek Adjunct Professor, School of LCC
Milena Mihail Associate Professor
Elizabeth Mynatt Professor and Associate Dean for Strategic Planning and Initiatives & Director, GVU Center
Nancy Nersessian Regents' Professor of Cognitive Science
Wendy Newstetter Adjunct Professor, Wallace H. Coulter Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
Haesun Park Professor
Dana Randall Professor
Deirdre Shoemaker Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Physics
Sandra Slaughter Adjunct Professor, College of Management
Monica Sweat Lecturer
Andrea Thomaz Assistant Professor
Linda Wills Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ellen Zegura Professor and Chair, School of Computer Science