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SIGCSE 2013 - Keynote Speakers

Changing the Face of Computing

Ed Lazowska
Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering
University of Washington

Bobby Schnabel
Dean of the School of Informatics and Computing
Indiana University

Mary Lou Soffa
Owen R. Cheatham Professor of Computer Science
University of Virginia

Lucy Sanders
CEO and Co-founder National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)

Jan Cuny
Program Officer for the CISE Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) program
National Science Foundation

Patty Lopez
Platform Applications Engineer
Intel Corporation

Juan Gilbert
Chair of the Human-Centered Computing Division in the School of Computing
Clemson University


The demand for computing professionals continues to grow, while women and minorities remain severely underrepresented at all levels. This opening SIGCSE 2013 keynote asks the crucial question "What can WE do to change the face of computing?" Several answers to this question will be provided in an unusual format with the following all star cast. Each speaker will take five minutes to share 20 slides (which automatically advance every 15 seconds) to provide a stimulating presentation that ends with "What can YOU do to change the face of computing?

About Ed Lazowska:

Ed Lazowska holds the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where he has served on the faculty for 35 years.  Lazowska received his A.B. from Brown University and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. His research and teaching concern the design, implementation, and analysis of high performance computing and communication systems, and, more recently, the techniques and technologies of data-driven discovery. He has also been active in public policy issues, ranging from STEM education to Federal strategies for research and innovation.

Lazowska is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He co-chairs (with Susan Graham) the Computing Community Consortium, whose goal is to better align computing research with pressing national and global challenges. He has served on the Technical Advisory Board for Microsoft Research since its inception, and serves as a technical advisor to a number of high-tech companies and venture firms.  Lazowska has advised 22 Ph.D. students and 23 Masters students, and has received the University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award.

About Bobby Schnabel:

Bobby Schnabel is Dean of the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University. In this position he leads a multi-campus school of approximately 100 faculty and 2400 students at the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses, including undergraduate and graduate programs in computer science and informatics. From 2009-2010 he also served as interim IU vice president for research.  Prior to joining IU in July 2007, Schnabel was on the computer science faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1977-2007. He served as Vice Provost for Academic and Campus Technology and Chief Information Officer at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1998-2007, and as founding director of the Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS), a campus-wide information technology institute, from 1997-2007.

Schnabel is a co-founder and executive team member of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, and is chair of the ACM Education Policy Committee. He currently serves on the advisory committee for the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. He is a fellow of ACM and of SIAM.

About Mary Lou Soffa:

Mary Lou Soffa is the Owen R. Cheatham Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia and served as Department Chair from 2004 to 2012. From 1977 to 2004, she was a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh and also served as the Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences from 1991 to 1996. Her research interests include optimizing compilers, virtual execution environments, software testing, program analysis, software security, and performance for multi-core architectures.

Soffa received the ACM/IEEE Ken Kennedy Award in 2012 and the Anita Borg Technical Leadership Award in 2011. She was elected an ACM Fellow in 1999 and received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring the same year. She was selected as a Girl Scout Woman of Distinction in 2003 and received the Computing Research Association (CRA) Nico Habermann Award in 2006. She has served on the Executive Committees of both ACM SIGSOFT and SIGPLAN, as well as conference chair, program chair or program committee member for numerous conferences. She had directed 30 Ph.D. students to completion, half of whom are women, and over 60 M.S. students. She currently serves ACM Council.

About Lucy Sanders:

Lucy Sanders is CEO and Co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and also serves as Executive-in-Residence for the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU). Lucy has an extensive industry background, having worked in R&D and executive (VP) positions at AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Bell Labs, and Avaya Labs for over 20 years. Lucy is a Bell Labs Fellow and has six patents in the communications technology area.  Lucy serves on several boards, including the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) Board of Trustees at the University of California at Berkeley, the Information Technology Research and Development Ecosystem Commission for the National Academies, and the U.S. Commerce Department's Innovation Advisory Board.

Lucy is a recipient -- along with NCWIT co-founders Robert Schnabel and Telle Whitney -- of the Computing Research Association's 2012 A. Nico Habermann Award. In 2011 Lucy was recognized with CU¹s George Norlin Distinguished Service Award. She has been inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame. Lucy received her BS and MS in computer science from Louisiana State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder, respectively.

About Jan Cuny:

Since 2004, Jan Cuny has been a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation. Before coming to NSF, she was a faculty member in Computer Science at Purdue University, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Oregon. At NSF, Jan leads the Education Workforce Cluster and its two programs: Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21) and the Broadening Participation in Computing Alliance (BPC-A) program. Together these programs aim to increase the number and diversity of students majoring in computing. Jan has had a particular focus on the inclusion of students from those groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in computing: women, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and persons with disabilities. For her efforts with underserved populations, she is the recipient of one of the 2006 ACM President’s Awards, the 2007 CRA A. Nico Haberman Award, and the 2009 Anita Borg Institute’s Woman of Vision Award for Social Impact.

About Patty Lopez:

Dr. Patty Lopez is a Platform Applications Engineer at Intel Corporation. Prior to joining Intel in 2008, she spent 19 years as an Imaging Scientist for Hewlett Packard, creating and transferring technology in imaging into scanner, camera, and all-in-one products. She has released over fifty products and holds seven imaging patents. She earned her BS, MS, and PhD in Computer Science from New Mexico State University (NMSU).

Dr. Lopez serves on the advisory boards of CRA-W, CAHSI, the Anita Borg Institute, and the NMSU Foundation. She is a Distinguished Alumna for the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences received the HENAAC/Great Minds in STEM Community Service Award in 2010. A founding member of Latinas in Computing, a MentorNet mentor, a member of the NCWIT Workforce Alliance, and active for the past several years on the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference organizing committee, she is currently serving as the 2013 GHC General Co-Chair (Industry). Her current passion is building the STEM pipeline for K-16 and beyond, and creating an inclusive organizational culture in the workplace.

About Juan Gilbert:

Dr. Juan E. Gilbert is the Presidential Endowed Chair in Computing, an IDEaS Professor and Chair of the Human-Centered Computing Division in the School of Computing at Clemson University where he leads the HCC Lab. He is also a Professor in the Automotive Engineering Department at Clemson University. Dr. Gilbert is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement Science (AAAS), an ACM Distinguished Scientist, National Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academies, an ACM Distinguished Speaker and a Senior Member of the IEEE Computer Society. In 2011, Dr. Gilbert was given a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Engineering and Mathematics Mentoring by President Barack Obama.

Principles, Priorities, and Pressures: Personal and Organizational

Henry Walker Henry Walker
Samuel R. and Marie-Louise Rosenthal Professor of Natural Science and Mathematics
Chair and Professor of Computer Science
Department of Computer Science
Grinnell College
SIGCSE 2013 Award for Lifetime Service


Early discussion regarding a talk at the First-Timers Luncheon highlighted the opportunity for an oldtimer to welcome first timers, encourage participation, and provide perspectives.

Throughout my career, I have been privileged to be able to connect my personal career with activities for the broad, educational-computing community. This talk reflects on factors that have impacted both my own career and the evolution of broader groups --- particularly SIGCSE.

Some general principles (e.g., inclusion, respect, service and social responsibility) seem clear, but even then circumstances present challenges and contradictions. Other principles (e.g., encouraging creative brainstorming, utilizing serendipity, listening to people) may be less obvious, but equally vital.

Many have described the SIGCSE community as a professional family, and this talk seeks to celebrate that community as promotes a vision for fulfilling personal careers and continued organizational development.

About Henry Walker:

Throughout his career, Professor Walker has thrived on activities related to students, teaching, and computing education: curricula, pedagogy, environments, teaching, learning, mentoring, and the broad community of educators. He has collaborated with many individuals and groups on a wide range of articles and reports. He works with the Liberal Arts Computer Science Consortium on curricular recommendations; he founded and periodically organizes meetings of the Iowa Undergraduate Computer Science Consortium; he works with the Advanced Placement Computer Science A program; he recently served as Chair of the Program Study Group on Computing and Computation for the Mathematical Association of America (MAA); and he has participated in over 30 external reviews of mathematics and/or computer science programs.

Professor Walker has worked within SIGCSE in many roles, including SIGCSE Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, and SIGCSE 2001 Symposium Chair. The paper submission and review system he began for SIGCSE 2000 is now used by a half-dozen conferences (including SIGCSE 2013). He is author of nine textbooks (most recently, "The Tao of Computing, Second Edition"), an Associate Editor and Columnist for ACM Inroads, a lifetime member of ACM (membership designated as Distinguished Educator), and a lifetime member of MAA.

This Much I Know – Thoughts on the Past, Present and Future of Educational Programming Tools

Michael Kölling

Michael Kölling
Professor of Computer Science
University of Kent
SIGCSE 2013 Award for Outstanding Contribution to CS Education


Tools to support and improve the learning and teaching of programming have been developed, used and researched for many years. Yet, sometimes it seems we are still faced with exactly the same problems we were trying to tackle a decade ago, or two decades ago.

In this talk I will look back on educational software tools, through very subjective blinkers, and present a highly personal slice of the history of some of these efforts. This is followed by an attempt to speculate about the future. Where my crystal balls fails me, I will simply stipulate wishes, requirements and challenges – always much easier than presenting facts. Overall, I hope that some current trends in educational software tools emerge.

About Michael Kölling

Michael Kölling is a Professor at the School of Computing, University of Kent, in Canterbury, UK. He holds a PhD in computer science from Sydney University, and has worked in Australia, Denmark and the UK. Michael’s research interests are in the areas of object-oriented systems, programming languages, software tools, computing education and HCI. He has published numerous papers on object-orientation and computing education topics and is the author and co-author of two Java textbooks. Michael is the lead developer of BlueJ and Greenfoot, two educational programming environments. He is a UK National Teaching Fellow, Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and a Distinguished Educator of the ACM.

Online Education

John Etchemendy

John Etchemendy
Provost & the Patrick Suppes Family Professor of Humanities and Sciences
Stanford University


There has been an explosion of interest in Online Education since Stanford made three computer science courses freely available in September 2011 and attracted 300,000 "students."  Yet Online Education has been around in various forms for thirty plus years.  What accounts for the sudden inflection point sparked by these courses?  Will the rush to put courses online prove to be (a) a flash in the pan, (b) the savior of higher education, (c) the death knell of universities as we know them, (d) all of the above?

About John Etchemendy:

John Etchemendy is the Provost at Stanford University and the Patrick Suppes Family Professor of Humanities and Sciences. He received his BA and MA in Philosophy from the University of Nevada, Reno, and his PhD from Stanford University in 1982, where he specialized in logic. He is the author or co-author of seven books and numerous articles in logic, including the popular text/software package Language, Proof and Logic, and has been the co-editor of the Journal of Symbolic Logic and on the editorial boards of several other journals. He was awarded the Educom Medal in 1997 for leadership in the application of technology to the teaching of logic.

Etchemendy has been on the faculty at Princeton University and Stanford University.  At Stanford, he served as Director of the Center for the Study of Language and Information from 1990 to 1993, and Associate Dean for the Humanities from 1993 to 1997.  He has been Provost of the university since 2000, and is the longest serving provost in Stanford's history.

Unlocking the Clubhouse:  A Decade Later and Now What?

Jane Margolis

Jane Margolis
Senior Researcher, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies


In the decade since Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing (MIT Press, 2002) was published, educational institutions have coalesced around the mission of increasing women’s participation in computing.  Yet, despite the uptick of interest in computer science majors and the surge of technology shaping all aspects of our lives, the numbers of women majoring in computer science are still abysmally small.  In this talk, I will further reflect on why this is the case, and make connections to the issues raised in Stuck in the Shallow End:  Education, Race, and Computing---the underrepresentation in computer science of students of color. I will examine how underrepresentation in computing relates to the larger educational crisis in this country and issues we face as world citizens.  This talk is part of an overarching mission to understand how inequality is produced in this country and the types of social action required to equalize opportunities and broaden participation in computing.

About Jane Margolis

Jane Margolis is a Senior Researcher at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. She is a social scientist and the author of two books on the inequities in computer science education.  Her book Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing (MIT Press, 2002) examines the gender gap in computer science at the college level, and her book, Stuck in the Shallow End:  Education Race, and Computing (MIT Press, 2008) examines the daily experiences of students and teachers in three Los Angeles public high schools, all with high numbers of African-American and Latino/a students. Margolis studies the interaction of structural inequalities and belief systems that perpetuate denied access of equal opportunities and segregation. Stuck in the Shallow End received the 2008 Prose Award in the Education category from the Association of American Publishers.

Margolis is the PI of the NSF BPC Into the Loop Alliance.  She is also co-PI on the NSF Math-Science Partnership grant Mobilize: Mobilizing for Innovation of Computer Science Teaching and Learning.  These grants are all focused on democratizing computer science education and addressing the underrepresentation in the field.  Margolis is a member of the National Center for Women in Technology Social Sciences Advisory Board.