CEOHP collection summaries: Maria Klawe

Maria M. Klawe

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