CRA-W Career Mentoring Workshops
Wednesday, October 3rd |12:45 PM – 4:15 PM
Baltimore Convention Center
The Computer Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) is an action oriented organization dedicated to increasing the number of women participating in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) research and education at all levels.
In addition to increasing the number of women involved, CRA-W also seeks to increase the degree of success women experience and to provide a forum for addressing problems that often fall disproportionately within women’s domain. CRA-W is hopeful that the committee activities will also have a positive impact for other underrepresented groups in CSE and is committed to improving the working environment for Computer Scientists and Engineers of both genders.
The Computing Research Association Committee on Women in Computing (CRA-W) is sponsoring these sessions. Please contact the CRA-W Coordinator, A.J. Brush, with any questions (ajbrush [at] microsoft.com).
CRA-W is offering tracks for undergrads, graduate students and early professionals.
The Road to Graduate School: Sessions for Undergraduate Students
Session Description: Interested in computer science research, but not sure what is research? This session introduces you to the exciting world of research and focuses on ways to get research experience during your undergraduate career so you can decide if it’s for you.
Jamika D. Burge, Senior Scientist, Information Systems Worldwide
Andrea Danyluk, Professor of Computer Science at Williams College
Jamika D. Burge
Jamika is a Senior Behavioral Computer Scientist at Information Systems Worldwide, a company that provides technical and research services to the US Government and other customers. Her research interests lie in HCI, in the intersection of behavioral methodology and technology use. She was a postdoc in the College of IST at Penn State (2007-2009), where she worked with John M. Carroll on wireless informatics initiatives for non-profit organizations. She has several publications in books and conferences, and is a member of ACM and the CDC (The Coalition to Diversify Computing), where she currently co-directs the Collaborative Research for Undergraduates (CREU) program.
Andrea Danyluk is a Professor of Computer Science at Williams College. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and was a researcher at NYNEX (now Verizon) before coming to Williams. Andrea’s research interests are focused on applications of machine learning. She has published book contributions, journal and conference articles in this area. She regularly serves on AI and Machine Learning conference committees, serving, for example, as General Chair of ICML 2009. Andrea is active in CS education. She is co-author of a textbook, Java: An Eventful Approach. She joined CRA-W in 2008 and co-directs the CREU program.
Session Description: Is graduate school in computer science and engineering for you? What’s it like to pursue a Masters or PhD degree? What benefits do you get once you have the degree? This session will help you understand what it’s like to be in graduate school, and the exciting options you’ll have when you finish.
A.J. Brush, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research
Lori Pollock, Professor of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Delaware
Dr. Brush’s research area is Human-Computer Interaction with a focus on Ubiquitous Computing and Computer Supported Collaboration (CSCW). She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Washington and graduated Summa cum Laude from Williams College. A.J. currently focuses on using sensing, inference, and prediction to enable new experiences on mobile devices and in the home. A.J. was honored to receive a Borg Early Career Award in 2010. A.J. has 7 patents and her research has received 2 best paper awards, and several best paper nominations. A.J. serves on the UbiComp Steering Committee and the CRA-W board.
For 24 years, Lori Pollock has enjoyed mentoring student researchers, teaching CS with collaborative classroom activities and service learning, and working to increase the successful participation of women in computing research. She is a Professor in CIS at the University of Delaware. Her research focuses on developing automatic software analyses for better software maintenance tools, software testing, and optimizing compilers for parallel computing systems. Lori is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, member of the CRA-W board, and Associate Editor for ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology. Lori was awarded the University of Delaware’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
Session Description: What are the options for pursuing advanced degrees in computer science and
engineering? How do you choose the right graduate school for you? Is there anything you can do during college to improve your chances of being admitted? How do you apply? What is the time line for completing the application process? What are the best kinds of recommendations? Does work experience help? How can you fund graduate school? Find out the answers to these and other questions in this session which will tell you all you need to know to apply successfully to graduate school.
Tracy Camp, Professor of Computer Science, Colorado School of Mines
Susan Rodger, Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Duke University
Tracy Camp is a Full Professor of computer science at the Colorado School of Mines. Her current research interests include the credibility of ad hoc network simulation studies, mobility models, and the use of sensor networks in geosystems. Dr. Camp is an ACM Distinguished Lecturer, an IEEE Senior Member, and an ACM Distinguished Scientist. She shares her life with Max (born in 2000), Emma (born in 2003), her husband (Glen), and three pets. The four humans are vegetarians who tremendously enjoy living in the foothills of the Rockies.
Susan Rodger has been a faculty member at Duke University since 1994. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University in 1989. Her research is in visualization, animation, and computer science education. Rodger is an ACM Distinguished Educator. Her software JFLAP was a finalist candidate in the NEEDS Premier Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Courseware in 2007. She has been active in the SIGCSE community for many years including Symposium Co-Chair of SIGCSE 2008, Program Co-Chair of SIGCSE 2007, and SIGCSE Supporter/Exhibitor Liaison. She is on the SIGCSE Board, CRA-W Board and the ACM Education Policy Committee.
Thiriving in Graduate School: Sessions for Graduate Students
Session Description: This session will address strategies for surviving and, in fact, thriving in graduate school and developing the necessary knowledge, experience and skills for a successful career. Topics include setting realistic goals and expectations, the differences between getting a M.S. and Ph.D. degree, selecting advisors and mentors, setting research goals, working as part of a research team, tracking and maintaining your research and academic progress, and building self-confidence. This session will include the importance of carefully choosing advisors and mentors and the differences between the two, how to get the most out of your interactions with your advisor/mentor, responsibilities of both student and advisor/mentor in making the graduate research experience successful, and working through problems with the advisor/mentor relationships. This session focuses on the concerns of first and second year graduate students. Graduate students further along in their program may wish to attend the “Finding Your Dream Job” session in the Early Professional track.
Rachel Pottinger, Assistant Professor in Computer Science, University of British Columbia
Tiffani Williams, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University
Rachel Pottinger is an assistant professor in Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. She received her PhD in computer science from the University of Washington in 2004. Her main research interest is data management, particularly semantic data integration, how to manage metadata (i.e., data about data), and how to manage data that is currently not well supported by databases.
Tiffani L. Williams is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. Effective September 1, 2011, she will be promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at Texas A&M. She earned her B.S. in computer science from Marquette University and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Central Florida. Afterward, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of New Mexico. Her honors include a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, and a McKnight Doctoral Fellowship. Her research interests are in the areas of bioinformatics and high-performance computing.
Session Description: Publishing is not as hard as it seems. This session discusses strategies for publishing your first and subsequent papers. It covers some patterns that research papers follow, and the ethical concerns of publishing such as plagiarism, dual submissions, and author ordering. You will learn about the different kinds of publications, and the procedures for being published there. We will also share some tips for how to stick to it, despite challenges like writer’s block.
Maria Gini, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota
Meredith Ringel Morris, Researcher, Microsoft Research
Maria Gini is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. She works to design autonomous systems that are capable of making autonomous decisions. This includes autonomous robots, economic agents, allocation of tasks, and learning of opponent behaviors. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Autonomous Agents & Multi-Agent Systems, Web Intelligence and Agent Systems, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, and Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering. She is a Fellow of AAAI, a Distinguished Scientist of ACM, and a Distinguished Professor of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota
Meredith Ringel Morris
Meredith Ringel Morris is a research scientist at Microsoft Research and affiliate associate professor in the Computer Science & Engineering Dept. and Information School at the University of Washington. Dr. Morris’s research area is human-computer interaction, with a particular emphasis on computer-supported cooperative work and social computing. She has published numerous technical articles and patents on multi-user interactive systems, and recently co-authored the book Collaborative Web Search: Who, What, Where, When, and Why? (Morgan & Claypool, 2010). She was named one of 2008’s 35 Innovators Under 35 by Technology Review, and one of 2009’s 100 Notable Women in Seattle Technology by TechFlash.
Session Description: Many people find their jobs through their professional network. This session will help you find a community, meet people in the field, and promote yourself. You will learn how to present your ideas in a concise and appealing way to the people you meet. You will gain skill in making technical and business connections with others, and leveraging them for success in graduate school and your later career.
Elizabeth Bautista, Manager for Computer Operations and Network Support, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
Miche Baker-Harvey, Software Engineer, Google
Elizabeth Bautista is Manager for Computer Operations and Network Support at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s NERSC Center, a scientific facility for the Office of Science in DOE. She is actively involved with the Lab’s outreach programs, those of the University of California Office of the President, Broader Engagement at Supercomputing as well as the Grace Hopper Conference. She has a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and an M.B.A. in Technical Management from Golden Gate University. She is always seeking to broaden her knowledge of the technical industries where women are making a difference.
Miche Baker-Harvey is a software engineer at Google in Seattle, Washington, where she works on virtualization technology, operating systems, and cloud computing. She has over 25 years experience in the computing industry, including at Digital Equipment Corporation, Equator Technologies, and MIPS Technologies. She’s spent most of her career on operating systems and other low-level software. Miche got her Masters in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington in 1999, working with Hank Levy and Ed Lazowska on large address spaces, and scheduling and resource allocation algorithms.
Building a Successful Career: Sessions for Early Professional Researchers
Session Description: Curious about the range of post-Ph.D. career options including academia and industry? Looking for some practical advice on how to apply for jobs, interview, and negotiate a job offer? This session is for you. Recent graduates who have complete successful job searches and are now working in a range of jobs will talk about their experiences and answer your questions.
Erika Shehan Poole, Assistant Professor, College of Information Sciences & Technology, Pennsylvania State University
Kathleen Fisher, Program Manager, DARPA
Erika Shehan Poole
Dr. Erika S. Poole is an assistant professor of Information Sciences & Technology at Penn State University, University Park. Her research focuses on technology use and adoption by American families, integration of health-related technologies in institutional settings (particularly K-12 schools), and the development and evaluation of innovative computer gaming applications for improving health and wellness. Dr. Poole holds a PhD in Human-Centered Computing and MS in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a BS in Computer Science from Purdue University.
Kathleen Fisher is a Program Manager in the Information Innovation Office (I20) at DARPA where she directs the High Assurance Cyber Military Systems program. She is on leave from Tufts University where she is a Professor in the Computer Science Department. Until 2011, she was a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at AT&T Labs Research. Kathleen’s research focuses on advancing the theory and practice of programming languages. She is an ACM Fellow, past Chair SIGPLAN, past Co-Chair of CRA’s Committee on the Status of Women (CRA-W), and a former editor of the Journal of Functional Programming.
Session Description: Whether you are in academia or a research lab, growing your research program means tapping into resources that help you be more successful. Funding can enable you to attract more students, or work on larger projects. Collaboration enables you to work with people outside your area of expertise, initiate new projects, and have a lot of fun. With representatives from both academia and research labs, this session will cover strategies for identifying the resources that are available to you and how best to take advantage of them.
Deb Agarwal, Senior Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
Julie Adams, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering, Vanderbilt
Deb Agarwal is a Senior Staff Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and head of the Advanced Computing for Science Department. She is leading several teams developing cyber infrastructure to support scientific research. Her current projects are developing a data server infrastructure to enhance data browsing and analysis capabilities for eco-science and new computational modeling environments for environmental management and carbon capture at power plants. Dr. Agarwal holds a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Julie A. Adams
Julie A. Adams directs the Human-Machine Teaming Laboratory at Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on distributed artificially intelligent algorithms for autonomous multiple robot coalition formation and the development of complex human-machine systems for large human and robotic teams. She is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award. Dr. Adams received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and her Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from Siena College. She received her M.S.E. (1993) and her Ph.D. (1995) in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania
Session Description: Do you know what steps you need to take to prepare for your next promotion? Whether this is preparing a tenure case, climbing the technical ladder, or stepping into a management role, this session will teach you what you can be doing now to prepare yourself for that next big promotion.
Nancy Amato, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Texas A & M
Mary Fernandez, Principal Technical Staff Member, AT&T Labs Research
Nancy M. Amato is a professor of computer science and engineering at Texas A&M University where she co-directs the Parasol Lab, is Deputy Director of the Institute for Applied Math and Computational Science, and chairs a campus-wide bioinformatics alliance. She received degrees from Stanford, Berkeley and UIUC. She is an IEEE Fellow, an NSF CAREER Award recipient, a speaker for the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program and previously an IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Distinguished Lecturer. She co-directs the CDC/CRA-W DREU program and Distinguished Lecture Series. Her research interests include motion planning, robotics, computational biology and geometry, and parallel computing.
Dr. Mary Fernández is Assistant Vice President of Software and Information Systems Research at AT&T Labs, where she supports scientists whose research advances the design and development of networked infrastructure —from cloud to mobile to pervasive computing systems —that AT&T customers depend upon every day. Mary is chair of the board of MentorNet (www.mentornet.net), an award-winning e-mentoring program whose mission is to increase the representation of women and under-represented minorities in STEM professions. She is also on the board of directors of the Computing Research Association (www.cra.org), whose mission is to advance computing research. Mary received her education in computer science from Brown University and Princeton University. She has been at AT&T Labs, having a lot of fun, since 1995.