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Women in STEM Episode 25 – Kalyani Mallela, Manager of Systems Engineering, Starkey Hearing Technologies

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Interview with Kalyani Mallela who is Manager of Systems Engineering at Starkey Hearing Technologies. She has also held multiple positions with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) including president of the Minnesota Section. Kaylani has a Bachelors of Engineering in electronics and communications engineering and Masters of Science in electrical engineering and management of technology.

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Women in STEM Episode 23 – Valerie Woolard, Software Developer for NationBuilder

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Interview with Valerie Woolard, who is a Software Developer at NationBuilder. She’s also been a Search Quality Associate at Google and interned at McSweeney’s as an assistant editor, fact checker, copy-editor and journalist. Find her at http://www.valeriewoolard.com/

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Women in STEM Podcast Episode 20 – Pooja Chandrashekar, Founder and CEO of ProjectCSGIRLS

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Interview with Pooja Chandrashekar, Founder and CEO of ProjectCSGIRLS. Pooja is currently a high school senior who founded ProjectCSGIRLS as a sophomore to address the gender gap in technology. ProjectCSGIRLS is a national youth-driven nonprofit which runs a national computer science competition, as well as workshops for middle school girls. This year ProjectCSGIRLS is also launching an international competition. Pooja speaks about her outreach work at conferences around the country, including O’Reilly Velocity New York Conference, the IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference, the Global Tech Women Voices Conference, and the STEM Symposium for the National Capital Region.

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Deadline for signing up for the ProjectCSGIRLS U.S. Competition is Feb 1st if you’d like a mentor assigned, Feb 15th otherwise. Projects are due April 1st.

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Women in STEM Podcast Episode 19 – Courtney Thurston, 17 year old unmanned systems engineer

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courtneythurstonInterview with Courtney Thurston, 17 year old unmanned systems engineer. She recently interned at CERN and will be working as a propulsion intern for SpaceX this summer. Courtney also is working to make the technical fields more accessible, as a longtime editor of Wikipedia, co-founder of Magikstra, executive team member for ProjectCSGirls and as an Online Community Manager for The Scientista Foundation (among others!).

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Announcing the Google CS Engagement Small Awards Program

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Google Science Fair (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Google has created the CS Engagement Small Grants Program to support educators teaching introductory computer science courses in reaching their engagement and retention goals. Unrestricted gifts of $5k will be given to selected applicants’ universities.

All educators who are teaching CS1 and CS2 courses at the post-secondary level are encouraged to apply — applications will be accepted through November 15, 2014 and will be evaluated on an ongoing basis. Please check out the Call for Proposal.

While the overall number of students in introductory computer science courses continues to climb, the number of students who go on to complete undergraduate degrees, especially among women and minorities is not as high. Recent findings show that retaining students after their first year in a CS program is still an issue. One of the strongest factors in retention is early exposure to engaging courses and course material, which are meaningful and relevant to the student’s life and encourage student-to-student interaction.

For more information: http://googleforeducation.blogspot.com/2014/10/announcing-google-cs-engagement-small.html

 

IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference Call for Speakers

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English: IEEE Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pitch your speaking idea to the 2015 IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (WIE ILC), which will be held April 23-25, 2015 in San Jose, CA. This year’s theme is Lead Beyond. Accelerating Innovative Women Who Change the World. and the conference will be focused on leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship.  Conference attendees include 400-500 female engineers, technology professionals, managers, executives and academics from around the world.

IEE Women in Engineering’s mission is to inspire, engage and advance women in engineering through over 500 affinity groups and 15,000 members around the world. IEEE WIE works to transform the lives of young girls and women around the world through pre-university outreach, technical seminars, humanitarian projects, networking events and educational programs.

Presentations will be considered for 1 of 4 tracks:

  1. Innovation
  2. Empowerment
  3. Entrepreneurship
  4. Engagement (virtual track with all presentations online only)

Deadline for speaker proposals are September 30, 2014.

To apply, or for more information, visit the IEE Speaker Pitch Form.

Applications Open for NCWIT High School Award

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ladiestechnologyNCWIT’s (National Center for Women & Information Technology) Award for Aspirations in Computing is now open for applications to any US high school woman with computing aspirations. Recipients will be chosen for their outstanding aptitude and interest in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post-secondary education.

National Award recipients will receive $500 cash, a laptop computer, a trip to attend the Bank of America Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony, an engraved plaque, and networking opportunities. All award recipients will receive recognition at an award event, scholarship and internship opportunities, access to a peer community of technical young woman and various other prizes. Recognition is sponsored at the national level by Bank of America and at the local level by Microsoft.

“This award is a huge stepping stone,” said NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders. “The recognition and visibility that these young women receive lead to educational and workforce opportunities in technology, encouraging them to persist in one of the fastest-growing and most stable fields. We are excited to support these young women as they continue on their paths to success.”

Encouraging female students is a driving factor to how likely they are to complete a computing major/minor and to choose a computing career. NCWIT’s award has encouraged thousands of young women since its inception in 2007. More than 13,000 young women have self-identified as interested in computing and technology, and 83% of participants now in college report a major or minor in traditionally male-dominated STEM fields.

Students can apply online at www.bit.ly/AiCHSAward through November 2, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

17 Trailblazing Women Honored by Women Tech Council

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17 trailblazing women and five college students were honored by the Women Tech Council. The 2014 Women Tech Awards recognizes women with ties to Utah who are changing the face of technology. Along with these women, eBay Inc. was awarded The Impact Award for its exceptional work advancing women in technology. This year’s recipients join a list of more than 100 women who have been honored for their leading-edge contributions to technology over the past 7 years. Finalists are selected by an elite committee composed of women and men in technology industry, venture capital, government and professional communities.

  • Academic Excellence – Tina Van RiperWeber State University
  • Engineering Excellence – Stacy Pierce, Rockwell Collins
  • Education Excellence – Helen HuWestminster College
  • Technology Innovator – Kathy Philpot, ATK
  • Marketing Excellence – Susan Cashen, Control4
  • Technology Leadership – Nicole Neumarker, Alliance Health

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“It is an honor to recognize these women whose innovative ideas and actions are opening the doors for future generations to make a difference in the technology industry,” said Cydni Tetro, Executive Director of the Women Tech Council. “These role models demonstrate every day that women are leading the path in this field. My hope is that more young women across the nation become inspired by these accomplishments to pursue STEM-related courses and careers.”

Founded in 2007, Women Tech Council has a community of more than 7000 and provides programs on technology, leadership, entrepreneurship and career development. Women Tech Council also is actively engaged in STEM programs both at the university and K-12 levels. Women Tech Council partners with technology companies, government, educational institutions, the investment community, and service providers who are passionate about supporting women in technology.

 

AT&T’s Lori Lee Recognized as One of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business

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AT&T Inc. (PRNewsFoto/AT&T Inc.)

AT&T Inc. (PRNewsFoto/AT&T Inc.)

Lori Lee, who leads AT&T Home Solutions, was named by Fortune Magazine as one of 2014’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. AT&T Home Solutions provides U-verse high speed Internet, TV and VOIP, in addition to traditional telephone service and advanced advertising. AT&T Home Solutions is responsible for nearly $23 Billion in annual revenue.

Under Lee’s direction, total U-verse revenues grew 25% in the second quarter this year and U-verse is the fastest growing product at AT&T. Where available, U-verse subscribers are more satisfied overall when compared to cable’s video and Internet subscribers. U-verse recently received three Women’s Choice Awards® as “America’s Most Recommended Brand among women for Broadband, Television and Phone Service.” And AT&T U-verse TV was named 2013 Video Company of the Year by Frost & Sullivan.

“This is an honor that really speaks to the strength of AT&T,” Lee said. “We’re passionate about connecting people with each other, information and entertainment at home, work or on the go. And we’re doing it with a customer experience that stands apart from others. The real power of AT&T is in our diversity, great opportunities and a shared commitment to deliver the future first. More than 83,000 women working at AT&T are leading innovation and technology, and transforming how we connect with our world.”

The Most Powerful Women in Business list is compiled by Fortune editors who consider four criteria: the size and importance of the woman’s business in the global economy, the health and direction of the business, the arc of the woman’s career and social and cultural influence.

 

Webucator Launches Program to Provide Free Technology Training to High School Students

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webucatorWhile most of us might agree that kids today are more comfortable with technology, that doesn’t mean they know how to leverage it or use it for professional or business reasons.  Webucator, a national training company, is providing free technology training to high school students. Included are a wide range of self-paced courses including web development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, etc.), Microsoft Office and more.  These are the same courses that are sold to companies and organizations.

To register for  course:

  1. Go to Webucator’s Self-paced Courses page
  2. Find the course you want to take and click the Order Now button.
  3. Enter STEM for the Coupon Code and click Validate Coupon.
  4. Complete registration — Students will need to verify that they are a student between the ages of 13 and 18.
  5. Email stem@webucator.com with any questions.

For more information: Webucator Announces New Student STEM Program