CEOHP Collection

The cornerstone of the Computing Educators Oral History Project is the collection of interviews.

During 2011, all of the interview materials (audio, video, and transcripts) will be transferred to the Charles Babbage Institute (CBI) for long-term storage. Once the materials have been cataloged by CBI, all CEOHP interviews will also be available via their searchable index as well.

On this page, we provide brief backgrounds for all of the individuals included in the CEOHP collection. The two menus below allow you to either jump to a particular point in the alphabet or to a particular person by name.

link to return back to top Hal Abelson

Hal Abelson

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Location(s) where grew up: Lakewood, New Jersey, USA

Location(s) for post-secondary education: Bachelors in Mathematics from Princeton University in Princeton, NJ; Ph.D. in Mathematics (Topology) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, MA, USA

Location(s) where employed: Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT in Boston, MA, USA

Career stage when interviewed: Mid to late career; full professor at MIT; co-chair of MIT's Council on Educational Technology

Areas of interest: Information technology and policy; using computation as a conceptual framework for teaching; creating better computational tools for scientists and engineers; founding director of Creative Commons, Public Knowledge, and Free Software Foundation.

Highlights: 2012 SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science Education; 2011 Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award; 1995 Taylor L. Booth Education Award from IEEE; 1992 Bose Award for Outstanding Teaching from MIT

Interviewed March 1, 2012 by Barbara Boucher Owens


link to return back to top Fran Allen

Fran Allen

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Location(s) where grew up: Upstate New York, USA

Location(s) for post-secondary education: bachelors degree from the New York State College for Teachers (now now State University of New York at Albany); Master's in mathematics from University of Michigan

Location(s) where employed: IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center in Hawthorne, New York

Career stage when interviewed: Late in career; taught briefly before working for IBM for 45 years

Areas of interest: Compilers, code optimization, parallelization

Highlights: First female IBM Fellow (1989); Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1994); first woman to win the Turing Award (2006)

Note: this interview includes only a brief video, so is an exception to the rule for CEOHP.

Interviewed October 2, 2008 by Barbara Boucher Owens


link to return back to top Winifred (Tim) Asprey

Winifred Asprey

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Location(s) where grew up: Iowa, USA

Location(s) for post-secondary education: Bachelor's degree at Vassar College in New York, USA; Master's and Ph.D. at University of Iowa

Location(s) where employed: taught a few years in Chicago, IL USA; most of career spent at Vassar College in New York, USA

Career stage when interviewed: Retired (in 1982) but still active at Vassar; deceased in 2007

Areas of interest: Mathematics and computer science; a leader in approaches to teaching computer science within a program of study

Highlights: Was one of about 200 women to earn a PhD in mathematics in the 1940s; pioneering efforts building a CS program of study during the 1960s; taught math and CS at Vassar College for 38 years; founded Vassar's CS Dept. in 1963

Interviewed March 23, 2007 by Viera Proulx


link to return back to top Richard Austing

Dick Austing

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Location(s) where grew up: Cincinnati, OH USA

Location(s) for post-secondary education: bachelors in mathematics from San Xavier University in Cincinnati; Master's degree from St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO USA; Ph.D. from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC USA

Location(s) where employed: Taught in the Department of Computer Sciences at University of Maryland, Silver Springs in Silver Springs, MD USA

Career stage when interviewed: Retired (in 1998); very active as a volunteer in ACM

Areas of interest: Design of computer and information systems curricula

Highlights: Inducted as an ACM Fellow in 1994, the first year of the program; received the first SIGCSE Award for Lifetime Service in 1997; co-editor of several ACM Curriculum reports, including Curriculum '78

Interviewed June 13, 2006 by Alison (Young) Clear


link to return back to top Moti Ben-Ari

Moti Ben-Ari

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Location(s) where grew up: Washington, D.C.

Location(s) for post-secondary education: Bachelor's degree in mathematics from MIT; Master's degree and Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University in Israel;

Location(s) where employed: Faculty member in Dept. of Science Teaching at Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel; visiting professor at Helsinki University of Technology in Finland

Career stage when interviewed: Mid-career as an associate professor

Areas of interest: Textbook author, mentor and pedagogical researcher at university and pre-college levels in concurrency, formal methods, and programming languages

Highlights: 2004 ACM SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education

Interviewed July 1, 2008 by Elizabeth Adams


link to return back to top Judith Bishop

Judith Bishop

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Location(s) where grew up: Grahamstown, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa

Location(s) for post-secondary education: BSc Hons from Rhodes University (Grahamstown, South Africa; 1972); Master's degree cum laude from the University of Natal (Natal province, South Africa; 1974); Ph.D. from the University of Southampton (United Kingdom; 1977)

Location(s) where employed: Professor of Computer Science at the University of Pretoria, South Africa; Director of Computer Science in External Research at Microsoft Research, based in Redmond, USA

Career stage when interviewed: Mid-career; tenured professor at University of Pretoria

Areas of interest: Programming languages for distributed systems

Highlights: Fellow of the British Computer Society; Founding Fellow of the South African Institute of Computer Scientists; IFIP Silver Core Medal for services to the worldwide Information Technology community; Department of Science and Technology award for Distinguished Woman Scientist of the Year for Innovation; Outstanding Academic Achiever by the University of Pretoria for 2006-2008; elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa in 2006

Interviewed June 28, 2006 by Barbara Boucher Owens


link to return back to top Tracy Camp

Tracy Camp

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Location(s) where grew up: Michigan, USA

Location(s) for post-secondary education: Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI USA (one year); bachelor's degree from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, MI USA; Master's degree from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI USA;

Location(s) where employed: Assistant Professor at The University of Alabama; Assistant, Associate, and Full professor at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO USA; Graduate Faculty at University of Colorado, Boulder; Adjunct Faculty at University of Colorado, Denver; Fulbright Scholar, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Career stage when interviewed: Mid-career; Full Professor at Colorado School of Mines

Areas of interest: The credibility of ad hoc network simulation studies; the use of wireless sensor networks in geosystems

Highlights: Founder and Director of the Toilers, a networks research group; has received 19 grants from the National Science Foundation, including a prestigious NSF CAREER award; ACM Distinguished Lecturer; IEEE Senior Member; ACM Distinguished Scientist; received the Board of Trustees Outstanding Faculty Award at the Colorado School of Mines in 2007

Interviewed May 29, 2007 by Barbara Boucher Owens


link to return back to top Lillian (Boots) Cassel

Boots Cassel

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Location(s) where grew up: Wilmington, Delaware

Location(s) for post-secondary education: B.A. Computer Science, M.S. Computer Science and Ph.D in Computer Science from University of Delaware in Newark, DE USA

Location(s) where employed: University of Delaware in Newark, DE USA (teaching and Computer Center); Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, DE USA; Villanova University in Villanova, PA USA

Career stage when interviewed: Mid to late career; Full Professor at Villanova University

Areas of interest: Digital libraries and information retrieval in the Web

Highlights: SIGCSE Award for Lifetime Service in 2001; ACM Education Board; Founding Co-Editor (with Ed Fox) of JERIC -- The ACM Journal on Educational Resources in Computing (term ended 2006)

Interviewed March 4, 2009 by Vicki Almstrum


link to return back to top Alison (Young) Clear

Alison (Young) Clear

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Location(s) where grew up: New Zealand

Location(s) for post-secondary education: New Zealand

Location(s) where employed: Auckland Technical Institute (ATI), Auckland, New Zealand; Department of Information Systems and Computing, Faculty of Business, UNITEC Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand; Chair of School of Computing of Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, New Zealand

Career stage when interviewed: Mid to late career; Head of School of Computing and Information Technology at Unitec New Zealand

Areas of interest: Women and computing; e-learning implementation; computing and information technology education; the Poverty Alleviation Project in Peru

Highlights: Chair of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications (for New Zealand) from 1988 until 1998; General Chair of the NACCQ Annual conference in 2006; Fellow of the New Zealand Computer Society (NZCS); member of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications (NACCQ)

Interviewed February 28, 2006 by Barbara Boucher Owens


link to return back to top Nell Dale

Nell Dale

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Location(s) where grew up: Lived near several different military bases as a child (moved frequently as part of a military family); attended high school in Houston, TX

Location(s) for post-secondary education: Began undergraduate degree at Baylor University in Waco, TX; completed undergraduate degree in mathematics and psychology in night school at the University of Houston in Houston, TX (1964); Master's in mathematics (1964) and Ph.D. in computer sciences (1972) from the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, TX

Location(s) where employed: Shell Development Corporation in Houston, TX (1961-1963); part-time positions at The University of Texas at Austin in Austin, TX in the Bureau of Business Research and the Linguistics Research Center; positions on the non-tenure track line as assistant instructor, lecturer, and senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin

Career stage when interviewed: Retired (1994) as senior lecturer; active textbook author

Areas of interest: Computer science education; conducting and using educational research

Highlights: Prolific author of computer science textbooks; ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award (2001); SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education (1996)

Interviewed April 18, 2006 by Barbara Boucher Owens


link to return back to top Mats Daniels

Mats Daniels

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Location(s) where grew up: Mora, Sweden (in the Dalarna province)

Location(s) for post-secondary education: Exchange student at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio USA during Master's studies Master's, Licentiate, and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Uppsala University, Sweden

Location(s) where employed: Director of Undergraduate Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden

Career stage when interviewed: Mid-career with extensive teaching and research experience; had defended doctoral dissertation just two and a half months earlier

Areas of interest: Computer Science Education Research; International collaboration projects

Highlights: Project Leader for Runestone Project, a multi-university collaboration that provided data used to conduct the research that resulted in three Ph.D. dissertations; innovative use of international faculty as guest lecturers teaching computing courses at Uppsala

Interviewed June 29, 2011 by Barbara Boucher Owens


link to return back to top Gordon Davies

Gordon Davies

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Location(s) where grew up: Crewe, England, U.K. (30 miles south of Manchester)

Location(s) for post-secondary education: Bachelor's degree in physics at the University of Liverpool, Liverpool, U.K. Master's degree at University of London;

Location(s) where employed: Teaching maths and physics at a secondary school in Manchester, U.K.; teaching positions at University of London, Imperial College (in Kensington, U.K.); helped start the computer science department at University College London (UCL); 22 years on the faculty of The Open University in Milton Keynes, U.K.

Career stage when interviewed: Retired from The Open University; active as a volunteer with ACM

Areas of interest: Accreditation and curricular issues for computer science

Highlights: Served on the Committee for Accreditation of the British Computer Society (BCS); member of the Joint Task Force for Computing Curricula 2001 and 2005

Interviewed June 26, 2007 by Barbara Boucher Owens


link to return back to top Jenny Edwards

Jenny Edwards

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Location(s) where grew up: Sydney, Australia

Location(s) for post-secondary education: BSc(Hons), MSc and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Basser Department of Computer Science at the University of Sydney, Australia

Location(s) where employed: An academic in the Faculty of Information Technology at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia since 1976; was Head of the School of Computer Sciences from 1994-2000; currently a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Business at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Career stage when interviewed: Late career (no longer Head of School; researching and teaching)

Areas of interest: Large scale mathematical programming; Open Source mathematical software; parallel algorithms; social effects of computing; Computer Science education

Highlights: Fellow of the Australian Computer Society (ACS); joint Associate Fellow of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC); Carrick Associate Fellowship (1997) to study novice programmers, with specific attention to females

Interviewed January 18, 2006 by Barbara Boucher Owens


link to return back to top Matthias Felleisen

Matthias Felleisen

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Location(s) where grew up: Weingarten, Germany

Location(s) for post-secondary education: Master's of computer science at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ USA (as part of a Fulbright visit); Business-Econ degree from University of Karlsruhe in Germany; Ph.D. in computer science from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana

Location(s) where employed: Full professor at Rice University, Houston, TX USA; Trustee Professor in the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University in Boston, MA USA

Career stage when interviewed: Mid-career (tenured professor at Northeastern University)

Areas of interest: Discover how to design programs, components, and programming systems; behavioral software contracts

Highlights: Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (2006); Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award (2009); SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education (2010)

Interviewed March 10, 2011 by Barbara Boucher Owens


link to return back to top Judith Gal-Ezer

Judith Gal-Ezer

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Location(s) where grew up: Israel

Location(s) for post-secondary education: B.Sc. (1968), M.Sc. (1971), and Ph.D. (1978), all in Applied Mathematics from Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel; Diploma studies, Computer Science (1983-1985), Tel-Aviv University

Location(s) where employed: Lecturer and Senior Lecturer (adjunct) at Tel-Aviv University; Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, and Full Professor at The Open University of Israel

Career stage when interviewed: Mid-career; professor at The Open University of Israel

Areas of interest: Computer-integrated mathematics centered on computational aspects and an algorithmic approach to teaching / learning topics in mathematics; computer science education, including algorithmic thinking and topics such as recursion, complexity and efficiency, reduction, and non-determinism; Human Computer Interface; gender issues in computer science

Highlights: ACM SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education (2007); Board of Directors and Advisory Council for Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM); Advisory Board Member for Advanced Math and Science Academy (AMSA) Charter School in Massachusetts, USA

Interviewed March 9, 2007 by Barbara Boucher Owens


link to return back to top Susan Gerhart

Susan Gerhart

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Location(s) where grew up: Utica, OH USA

Location(s) for post-secondary education: B.A. Math from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, OH USA; M.S. in Communication Sciences from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI USA; Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA USA

Location(s) where employed: Research Outlet and Integration (consulting, software development, social entrepreneurship) in Prescott, AZ USA; Associate Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ USA; Director of RICIS (Research Institute for Computing and Information Systems) at the University of Houston - Clear Lake; Director at Division of Computer and Computation Research at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C.; President and Founder of Applied Formal Methods, Inc. in Austin, TX and Houston, TX USA; Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC) Software Technology Program in Austin, TX; Professor of Information Technology at Wang Institute of Graduate Studies in Tyngsboro, MA USA; Technical Director at Software Research Associates in Los Angeles/San Francisco, CA USA; Research Staff Member and Program Verification Project Leader at USC Information Sciences Institute in Marina del Rey, CA USA; Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Duke University in Durham, NC; Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science at University of Toronto in Toronto, CA

Career stage when interviewed: semi-retired computer scientist

Areas of interest: Technology assessment models; information representation for the WWW; evaluation of search engines; context-driven navigation; logic programming as a tool for software engineering; theorem proving technology; system verification and validation; interactive tools for stimulating learning; assistive technology for podcasting

Highlights: Seminal paper in software testing [with J. B. Goodenough: "Toward a theory of test data selection" in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, SE-1(2), June 1975]; Best Paper in IEEE Software (1975); Honorary Mention for Best Paper in IEEE Software (1994); blog about adaptive technologies, As Your World Changes

Interviewed March 10, 2008 by Vicki Almstrum


link to return back to top Wendy Hall

Wendy Hall

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Location(s) where grew up: East End of London, England, U.K.

Location(s) for post-secondary education: B.Sc. Mathematics (1974) and Ph.D. Pure Mathematics (1977) from University of Southampton, Southampton, U.K.; M.Sc. Computer Science from City University, London, U.K. (1986)

Location(s) where employed: Computer Science Lecturer and Professor of Computer Science at University of Southampton; Senior Fellow at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council; Research Affiliate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA USA; Guest Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China

Career stage when interviewed: Mid-career; professor at University of Southampton and in-coming president of ACM

Areas of interest: Development of web technologies (particularly the Semantic Web); hypermedia systems and link services; advanced knowledge technologies; digital libraries; decentralized information systems; human computer interaction

Highlights: Awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2000 and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2009; Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering; President of the British Computer Society (2003-2004); Member of Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology; Member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council; Senior Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2005-2008); Anita Borg Award for Technical Leadership (2006); Joint Founding Director of the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI); Vice-President and President of the ACM (2006-2010); Fellow of the Royal Society

Interviewed September 12, 2006 by Alison (Young) Clear


link to return back to top John Impagliazzo

John Impagliazzo

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Location(s) where grew up: New York, USA

Location(s) for post-secondary education: A.A.S. in Electrical Technology from the State University of New York at Farmingdale in Farmingdale, NY USA (1961); B.S. in Physics and Mathematics (Dual Major) from St. John's University in Jamaica, NY USA (1964); M.S. in Engineering Analysis from State University of New York at Stony Brook in Stony Brook, NY USA (1966); M.S. (1978) and Ph.D. (1983) in Mathematics from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY USA, 1978.

Location(s) where employed: Professor in College of Engineering at Qatar University in Doha, Qatar; Associate Professor, Professor, Department Chair, and Adjunct Professor at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY USA; Visiting Research Professor in the Division of Information Technology, Department of Computer Systems at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden; Adjunct Professor and Professor at Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY USA; Professor of Mathematics and coordinating team in computer science at State University of New York (SUNY) at Farmingdale, Farmingdale, New York; Adjunct Professor at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY USA

Career stage when interviewed: Nearing retirement from Hofstra, poised for a new post-retirement opportunity

Areas of interest: Computing history; computing accreditation; computing education; digital libraries; physics and modeling

Highlights: IEEE Computer Society Award for Outstanding Contribution (2005); ACM SIGCSE Lifetime Service Award (2007); Computing Sciences Accreditation Board (CSAB) Outstanding Contributions Award (2008); long-time Editor-in-Chief for inroads, the SIGCSE Bulletin from the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE)

Interviewed June 28, 2006 by Alison (Young) Clear


link to return back to top Maria Klawe

Maria Klawe

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Location(s) where grew up: Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; moved to Manotick, Ontario, Canada (outside of Ottawa) when two years old; moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K. when four years old; moved to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada when twelve years old

Location(s) for post-secondary education: B.Sc. (1973) and Ph.D. (1977) in mathematics from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Graduate studies in computer science at University of Toronto (1979)

Location(s) where employed: Assistant professor at the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan; part-time lecturer and assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Research Staff Member and Manager at IBM Almaden Research Centre in San Jose, CA USA; professor, head of department, and dean at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; dean of engineering and professor of computer science at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ USA; president of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA USA

Career stage when interviewed: Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Princeton University

Areas of interest: Development and use of multi-modal applications to assist people with aphasia and other cognitive impairments; theoretical computer science (data structures, algorithms, complexity); interactive multi-media and serious games; human-computer interaction; gender issues related to information technology, assistive technology

Highlights: One of 10 members of the board of Microsoft Corporation; board member of the nonprofit Math for America; Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; past chair of the board for the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology in Palo Alto, CA USA; Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (1996); Founding Fellow of the Canadian Information Processing Society (2006); Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Science and Technology (1997); Wired Woman Pioneer (2001); Canadian New Media Educator of the Year (2001); BC Science Council Champion of the Year (2001); University of Alberta Distinguished Alumna (2003); Nico Habermann Award (2004); honorary doctorates from Acadia University (2006), Dalhousie University (2005), Queen’s University (2004), the University of Waterloo (2003) and Ryerson University (2001)

Interviewed June 27, 2005 by William Aspray


link to return back to top Michael Kölling

Michael Klling

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Location(s) where grew up: Burgdorf near Hanover, Germany and for seconday school in Bremen, Germany

Location(s) for post-secondary education: University of Bremen (Germany), Sydney University(Australia)

Location(s) where employed: Syndney University, Monash University, Mrsk Institute University of Southern Denmark, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK

Career stage when interviewed: Mid-career

Areas of interest: Computer Science Education, BlueJ, Greenfoot

Highlights: SIGCSE Outstanding Educator 2013

Interviewed 2013-03-08 and 2013-07-10 by Barbara Boucher Owens


link to return back to top Andrea Lawrence

Andrea Lawrence

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Location(s) where grew up: Atlanta, GA USA

Location(s) for post-secondary education: B.S. Mathematics from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN USA (1970); graduate courses toward a teaching certificate from University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH USA; M.S. Computer Science and Science from Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA USA (1985); Ph.D. Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA, USA (1993)

Location(s) where employed: High school substitute teacher in Cincinnati, OH USA; Computer literacy coordinator, lecturer, assistant professor, associate professor, and chair of the Computer Science Department at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA USA

Career stage when interviewed: Department chair of the Department of Computer Science at Spelman College and associate professor of computer science in the same department

Areas of interest: Human computer interaction, particularly using computer animations to teach computer algorithms; special teaching interests include artificial intelligence, programming languages, human computer interaction, and beginning programming

Highlights: Director of the Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP); director of a NASA USAR Grant to increase exposure of minority women to research at an undergraduate level; GE PAC Grant to increase participation of African-American women in mathematical and academic careers; past president of the Association of Departments of Computer Science/Engineering at Minority Institution (ADMI)

Interviewed November 6, 2007 by Barbara Boucher Owens


link to return back to top Joyce Currie Little

Joyce Curry Little

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Location(s) where grew up: Pioneer, LA USA, in West Carroll Parish, which is close to the Mississippi River, just across from Vicksburg, MI USA

Location(s) for post-secondary education: B.S. in Mathematics Education from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, LA USA (1957); graduate operations research courses from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD USA; M.S. in Applied Mathematics from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA USA (1963); extension courses from University of California, Los Angeles in Los Angeles, CA USA; Ph.D. in Educational Administration for Computing Services from University of Maryland, College Park in College Park, MD USA (1984);

Location(s) where employed: Test engineer with Convair Aircraft Co. at General Dynamics Corporation in San Diego, CA USA; graduate assistant/lecturer in mathematics and computer science at San Diego State University in San Diego, CA USA; assistant director of the Computer Center at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD USA; lecturer at Chamberlayne Junior College in Boston, MA USA; chair of Computer Information Systems at Community College of Baltimore in Baltimore, MD USA; lecturer at the University of Maryland, College Park in College Park, MD USA; professor of Computer Information Systems at Community College of Baltimore in Baltimore, MD USA; assistant professor, associate professor, professor, and chair at Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Towson University in Towson, MD

Career stage when interviewed: Mid- to late career; professor of Computer and Information Sciences at Towson University in Towson, Maryland

Areas of interest: Software engineering; systems analysis and design; societal and ethical issues of technology

Highlights: ACM Distinguished Service Award (1992); Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (1994); Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1995); Towson University President's Award as Distinguished Faculty Member (2000); SIGCSE Award for Lifetime Service (2006); Board of Directors of the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP); member of the Washington DC-based Commission for Professionals in Science and Technology

Interviewed October 5, 2006 by Barbara Boucher Owens


link to return back to top Dan McCracken

Dan McCracken

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Location(s) where grew up: Ellensburg, WA USA; last year of high school in Ithaca, NY USA

Location(s) for post-secondary education: B.A. Mathematics (1950) and B.A. Chemistry (1951) from Central Washington University in Ellensburg WA USA; graduate study at Courant Institute Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University in New York, NY USA; M. div. (cum laude) from Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY USA (1970); continuing education at Parsons School of Design in New York, NY USA

Location(s) where employed: A variety of technical positions at various locations of General Electric Company: Hanford Atomic Products Operation (Hanford, WA USA), Jet Engine division (Evendale, OH USA), Computer Department (Phoenix, AZ USA), and Manufacturing Control Services (New York, NY USA); New York University Atomic Energy Commission Computing Center; adjunct professor at Columbia University in New York, NY USA; self-employed author and consultant; professor of computer sciences, department chair, and curriculum committee chair at City College, City University of New York in New York, NY USA

Career stage when interviewed: Full professor in the Computer Science Department at City College of New York

Areas of interest: Website development; programming languages; computer science pedagogy

Highlights: His book Digital Computer Programming (1957) was the first textbook on the subject. Among his 25 book titles are standard works on Fortran, Algol, Cobol, and numerical methods; ACM vice president 1976-78 and president 1978-80; former chairman of the History of Computing Committee of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies; former chairman of the ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy; former Director of the Charles Babbage Institute Center for the History of Information Processing; four-time ACM National Lecturer; Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (1985); Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (1992); SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education (1992)

Interviewed June 17, 2006 by Alison (Young) Clear


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Graciela Perera

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Location(s) where grew up: Caracas, Venezuela

Location(s) for post-secondary education: B.S. Systems Engineering from Metropolitan University (Universidad Metropolitana) in Caracas, Venezuela; M.Sc. Department of Computing and Information Technology at Simón Bolívar University (Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela; Ph.D. from Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL USA

Location(s) where employed: Consultant for the National Library of Venezuela; consultant to CIED-PDVSA in Caracas, Venezuela; technical support for FUNINDES-CTI at Simón Bolívar University in Caracas, Venezuela; Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, OH USA

Career stage when interviewed: Had just started her position as Assistant Professor at Youngstown State University

Areas of interest: Performance evaluation of distributed search mechanisms and information security. Peer-to-Peer (P2P) network protocols for wired and wireless distributed applications

Highlights: Principal Investigator (PI) on the Bridge to Building Capacity for Hispanics in Computer Science Research Education grant from the Grassroots Capacity Building Initiative of the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission; co-PI on the Real-Time Stress Monitoring of Highway Bridges with a Secured Wireless Sensor Network grant from the Center for Transportation and Materials Engineering

Interviewed October 18, 2007 by Vicki Almstrum


link to return back to top Jane Prey

Jane Prey

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Location(s) where grew up: Illinois

Location(s) for post-secondary education: B.S. Biology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, IL USA; Ph.D. Education from University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA USA

Location(s) where employed: Lecturer in Computer Science Department at University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA USA; Program Director at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C.; Senior Research Program Manager at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA USA

Career stage when interviewed: Had been working at Microsoft Research for about four years

Areas of interest: Building community within the computer science education community; the use of tablet technology in education

Highlights: Has served on the ACM SIGCSE Board and as the program or conference chair for several conferences; introduced the idea of First Timers lunch at the SIGCSE Technical Symposium

Interviewed July 15, 2007 by Barbara Boucher Owens


link to return back to top Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts

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Location(s) where grew up: Reno, NV USA; Lahore, Pakistan for two years; Carson City, NV USA

Location(s) for post-secondary education: B.A. (cum laude) (1973), M.S. (1974), and Ph.D. (1980) in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA USA

Location(s) where employed: Assistant professor of Computer Science at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA USA; Visiting lecturer in computer science at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA USA; Eugene Lang Visiting Professor for Social Change at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA USA; various positions at Stanford University in Menlo Park, CA, including Charles Simonyi Professor for Innovation in Teaching, Associate Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Computer Science, Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs in the School of Engineering, Chair of the Faculty Senate, Professor (Teaching) of Computer Science, Faculty Director for Interdisciplinary Science Education, Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn University Fellow in Undergraduate Education

Career stage when interviewed: Professor of computer science at Stanford University

Areas of interest: Computer science education, programming languages, programming environments, multiprocessor systems, social implications of computing, science education for nonscientists

Highlights: Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (2008); Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2005); Hoagland Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2004); ACM SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education (2003); Dinkelspiel Award (1998); Perin Award for Undergraduate Engineering Education (1995); Bing Fellowship (1993-1995);

Interviewed July 7, 2009 by Barbara Boucher Owens


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Beth Simon

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Location(s) where grew up: Small rural town in southern Indiana, USA, located near Indiana University in Bloomington, IN

Location(s) for post-secondary education: B.S. Computer Science and Spanish (summa cum laude) from University of Dayton in Dayton, OH USA (1995); M.S. Computer Science (1998) and Ph.D. Computer Science (2002) from University of California, San Diego in San Diego, CA USA

Location(s) where employed: Lecturer in computer science at the University of San Diego in San Diego, CA USA; programmer/analyst for the San Diego Supercomputer Center's Performance Modeling and Characterization Laboratory in San Diego, CA USA; faculty member of the Computer Science and Engineering Department in the position Lecturer with the Potential for Security of Employment at the University of California, San Diego in San Diego, CA USA

Career stage when interviewed: Early career; was serving as a Science Teaching and Learning Fellow in the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative at the University of British Columbia

Areas of interest: Computer science education research (especially multi-institutional research and institutional transformation); educational technology(ubiquitous presenter); previously focused on compilers, computer architecture, performance programming, and scientific computing

Highlights: Science Teaching and Learning Fellow in the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative at the University of British Columbia (2007-2008) Grace Hopper Young Investigator Award (2002); National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (1996-99)

Interviewed June 26, 2007 by Barbara Boucher Owens


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Ellen Spertus

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Location(s) where grew up: Glencoe, IL USA, a north suburb of Chicago

Location(s) for post-secondary education: S.B. Computer Science and Engineering (1990), S.M. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (1992), and Ph.D. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (1998) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA USA

Location(s) where employed: Summer intern and researcher at Microsoft Research Silicon Valley in Mountain View, CA USA; various positions at Google in Mountain View, CA USA, including senior research scientist, research scientist, software engineer, and visiting scientist; various positions at Mills College in Oakland, CA USA, including Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Director of Interdisciplinary Computer Science, Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and Associate Professor of Computer Science

Career stage when interviewed: Early career; Associate Professor of Computer Science at Mills College and Research Scientist at Google

Areas of interest: Information retrieval, online communities, social issues, computer architecture, compilers

Highlights: Named Sexiest Geek Alive in 2001; profiled in a 1993 New York Times article about "women who might change the face of the computer industry"; in 1991, as part of Sherry Turkle's course "Women and Computing" at MIT, wrote the report "Why are there so few female computer scientists?"

Interviewed October 23, 2008 by Vicki Almstrum


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Joy Teague

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Location(s) where grew up: North of the state of Victoria, Australia on a farm; moved to Melbourne, Australia after high school

Location(s) for post-secondary education: B.Sc. from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia; bachelor's degree in commerce at the Deakin University in Geelong, Victoria, Australia; Master's (1989) and Ph.D. (1999) from Deakin University

Location(s) where employed: Programmer at the State Savings Bank of Victoria (located in Melbourne, Australia); Assistant lecturer at Gordon Institute of Technology in Geelong, Victoria, Australia; principal tutor, lecturer, and senior lecturer at Deakin University, Waurn Ponds Campus, in Geelong, Victoria, Australia; consultant teaching at the Neighbourhood Centre in Drysdale, Victoria, Australia

Career stage when interviewed: Retired from university teaching; working as a private computer consultant

Areas of interest: Experiences of women in computing

Highlights: Representative for People-to-People tour of China on the topic of computing education (1987) and for tour to the then Soviet Union (1989)

Interviewed January 14, 2006 by Barbara Boucher Owens


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Henry Walker

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Location(s) where grew up: Lenox, Massachsetts until age 4 1/2 then Caldwell, New Jersey; high school in Concord, Massachusetts (USA)

Location(s) for post-secondary education: Williams College (Massachusetts) BA mathematics, MIT (Cambridge, MA) PhD mahematics, University of Iowa, MS computer Science (USA)

Location(s) where employed: MIT, Grinnell College, Bell Labs, University of Texas at Austin

Career stage when interviewed: Late career

Areas of interest: Computer Science Education

Highlights: SIGCSE Chair 2001-2007, SIGCSE Award for Lifetime Service to the Computer Science Education Community

Interviewed March 9, 2013 by Barbara Boucher Owens


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