Speaker Biographies

Maria Klawe is an academic leader with a long record of increasing participation by women in STEM fields. Her research interests include discrete mathematics, theoretical computer science, educational technology and gender differences in children’s usage and interest in computer games. Prior positions include dean of engineering at Princeton University; dean of science at UBC; and senior manager at IBM Research. Klawe is a fellow of ACM, CIPS, AAA&S, AMS and AWM, and a board member AAAS, Math for America, MSRI, and EdReports.org (chair). She has been president of the ACM, vice-chair of CRA, co-founder of CRA-W, trustee of AMS, and a founding trustee of AnitaB.org.

Henry M. Levy (Hank) is Professor and Wissner-Slivka Chair in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. He led the Allen School for 14 years through a period of major faculty and student growth, from 2006 through 2019, first as Chair of the Department and then as the first Director of the Allen School at its creation in 2017. Levy’s research focuses on operating systems, distributed systems, and computer architecture, where his publications include nearly 20 “best-paper awards” at conferences in these fields. Levy is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). 

Ed Lazowska is a Professor, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair emeritus, in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, as well as a Senior Data Science Fellow in the University of Washington eScience Institute. A long-time advocate for increasing participation in the field, Lazowska serves on the Executive Advisory Council of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, and on the U.S. National Academies Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine; he recently served on the National Academies study committee on sexual harassment in academia. He is a Member and Councillor of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, ACM, IEEE, and AAAS.

Dean Carla E. Brodley leads the Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern University and serves as the Executive Director for the Center for Inclusive Computing.  A fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), Dean Brodley’s interdisciplinary machine learning research led to advances not only in computer and information science, but in medicine, engineering and science.  She is currently serving on the boards of the Computing Research Association,  Mass Technology Leadership Council, Mass Tech, and Jackson Laboratories.

Jeff Forbes is the lead Program Director for the Education & Workforce program in the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (NSF CISE), managing programs that address the critical and complex issues of education and broadening participation in computing. He is currently the Director of Research & Policy for the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech. From 2001-2019, Jeff was on the faculty of Duke University where he was an Associate Professor of the Practice of Computer Science. He received his BS and PhD in computer science from Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively. His research interests include computer science education, social information processing, and learning analytics.

Carrie Anne Philbin is the Director of Education at the Raspberry Pi Foundation and is the Chair of the Computing At School (CAS) diversity and inclusion group, #CASInclude. She wrote the computing book Adventures in Raspberry Pi (2013) for teenagers. She runs the YouTube channel Geek Gurl Diaries and in 2017, was the host for Crash Course Computer Science.

Colleen Lewis is an Assistant Professor of CS at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She researches equitable and efficient teaching practices and curates CSTeachingTips.org, a project for disseminating effective CS teaching practices. She works closely with the US-based National Center for Women in Information Technology, which has a variety of resources available for inclusive teaching in CS. 

Linda J. Sax is a professor of higher education in the School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA. She is also the founding director of Momentum: Accelerating Equity in Computing and Technology at UCLA. Dr. Sax’s research focuses on gender differences in college student development, with an emphasis on women in STEM fields. She is the author of more than 100 publications, including The Gender Gap in College: Maximizing the Developmental Potential of Women and Men) and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1999 Early Career Award and the 2019 Mentoring Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). 

Kathleen J. Lehman is an Assistant Academic Researcher in UCLA’s School of Education & Information Studies and serves as Associate Director of Momentum: Accelerating Equity in Computing and Technology at UCLA. Dr. Lehman’s research interests include gender issues in higher education, women and minoritized students in STEM fields (particularly computer science), and co-curricular learning experiences for STEM students. Dr. Lehman serves as co-Principal Investigator for several Momentum projects, including the NSF-funded broadening participation literature database, as well as the team’s work with the Center for Inclusive Computing. 

Jane Hilston is a Professor of Quantitative Modelling and Head of School in the School of Informatics within the College of Science and Engineering, and Deputy Vice Principal for Research at the University of Edinburgh. Jane is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Member of Academia Europaea. She currently chairs the Executive Committee of the UKCRC (UK Computing Research Committee). She is a member of the Informatics Europe working group on Women in Informatics Research and Education, and is a member of the LFCS (Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science) in the School of Informatics. In 2004 Jane was the recipient of the first Roger Needham award and in 2018 Jane received a Suffrage Science Award.  She has been involved in a number of initiatives to encourage more women into Computer Science.

Hannes Werthner is Professor at the Faculty of Informatics at TU Wien, Austria. Before joining TUW he had professorships at Austrian and international Universities. From 2016 to 2019 he served as the Dean of the Faculty of Informatics. His research covers fields such as DSS, E-Commerce, E-Tourism, Recommender Systems, and Network Analysis. He is also active in starting new initiatives, such as the Vienna PhD School of Informatics and the i2c (Informatics Innovation Center), the initiative to support refugees welcome.TU.code, and recently, Digital Humanism (www.informatik.tuwien.ac.at/dighum), to link technical with social innovation.

Ignatios Vakalis is a Professor of Computer Science at the California Polytechnic and State University – CAL POLY in San Luis Obispo, California. For 11 years as the chair of the department, he has developed and implemented a multi-year, multi-prong strategic plan to: recruit, retain, educate, empower and mentor female students in Computer Science and Software Engineering. His research focuses on holistic departmental strategies to increase gender diversity.  In 2018, he was awarded by ABET, the Claire L. Felbinger National Award for Diversity. He is a member of ACM, IEEE, NCWIT, and a founding member of Pacesetters at NCWIT.