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Breaking Down Stereotypes About Computing

Julie Pagano
September 05, 2014

Breaking Down Stereotypes About Computing

A short talk I put together to break down some stereotypes about computing for a group of middle school aged girls.

Julie Pagano

September 05, 2014


  1. Julie Pagano • Software engineer • Shopping Experience team •

    Focus on front-end web dev • BS CoE from UPitt 2007 • Coding since middle school
  2. Stereotype “an often unfair and untrue belief that many people

    have about all people or things with a particular characteristic"
  3. Grace Hopper 1906–1992 • Computer scientist & US Navy rear

    admiral • One of 1st programmers of Harvard Mark I computer • Invented the first compiler • Popularized “debugging” • “mother of COBOL”
  4. Frances Allen 1932–present • Pioneer in the field of optimizing

    compilers • 1st female IBM Fellow in 1989 • 1st female recipient of the ACM's Turing Award (“Nobel prize of computing”) in 2006
  5. Barbara Liskov 1939–present • Developed the Liskov substitution principle •

    2008 Turing Award winner • Institute professor at MIT
  6. Anita Borg 1949–2003 • Founded the Institute for Women and

    Technology (now the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology) • Founded the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
  7. Maria Klawe 1951–present • ACM president 2002-2004 • President of

    Harvey Mudd College (2006-present) • Harvey Mudd went from 10% to 40% female CS majors
  8. Help People Tiffani Ashley Bell & Kristy Tillman • Creators

    of Detroit Water Project - matches people in Detroit to donors to help with water bills.
  9. Educate People Kimberly Bryant • Founder of Black Girls Code

    ! Sara Chipps & Vanessa Hurst • Founders of Girl Develop It
  10. Develop Games Christina Ann Coffin • Founder of Light &

    Dark Arts indie game studio • Developer on games including Assassin’s Creed II and Battlefield 3
  11. Build Robots Heather Knight • PhD Student at CMU’s Robotics

    Institute • Works on human robot interaction, sensor fusion, personal robots, theatrical robot performances and behavior system design.
  12. Improve Lives Brittany Wenger • 1st place winner of the

    Google Science Fair in 2012 for Global Neural Network Cloud Service for Breast Cancer - web-based application to accurately assess tissue samples for signs of breast cancer
  13. Enable Fashion Camille Fournier • CTO at Rent the Runway

    - an online service that provides designer dress and accessory rentals.
  14. Harness Data Hilary Mason • Founder of Fast Forward Labs

    • Previously Chief Scientist at Bitly
  15. journalism, politics, art, literature, sports, law, advertising, forensics, engineering, film,

    animation, environment, communications, medicine, and more…
  16. Stereotype “an often unfair and untrue belief that many people

    have about all people or things with a particular characteristic"
  17. Attribution • Calculator designed by SuperAtic LABS from the Noun

    Project - http://thenounproject.com/term/calculator/ 36414/ • Brainstorm designed by Björn Andersson from the Noun Project - http://thenounproject.com/term/brainstorm/ 15232/ • Chat designed by Stephanie Scott Means from the Noun Project - http://thenounproject.com/term/chat/57678/ • Crowd designed by Alex Kwa from the Noun Project - http:// thenounproject.com/term/crowd/33373/