Olivia Brown and Victoria Helus like to joke that they came of age alongside artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (although technically the concepts were born well before they were). Now in their very early 30s, the women are “paying it forward” in a way, teaching students what they wish they would have learned about the space prior to entering college. The result … [Read more...] about Pipelining—Attractive Programs for Women: OpenMindEd AI: Broadening knowledge of artificial intelligence.
Joyce Weisbecker was always interested in her father Joseph’s work. What child wouldn’t be? Joseph was the inventor of the Think-a-Dot and other games, a writer, and a magician who loved learning and teaching. But that’s not all. Joseph was also the engineer who led RCA into a new technological era with his 8-bit microprocessor architecture. Throughout the 1970s, he prototyped … [Read more...] about Joyce Weisbecker: The first indie game developer
It happens again and again: teams put together innovative solutions aimed at helping communities in underdeveloped areas with problems, and those thoughtful recommendations are rejected. Or they are accepted “in theory” but not maintained once the technologists go back home. Instead, engineers are confused, community liaisons are disappointed, and progress stalls. For more … [Read more...] about The Samburu Girls Foundation
For a long time, Dr. Sharon Nunes wanted to be a teacher, but when she graduated from high school and entered a teaching program, she quickly realized it wasn’t right for her. At a time when it felt like she was supposed to have her future figured out, she didn’t. A math teacher suggested a math major, but Nunes had no idea what she would do with a math degree—besides … [Read more...] about Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone: Nunes Excels in New Environments
When Dr. Maxine Savitz headed to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for graduate school in 1958, she found life in Cambridge different than what she had known as an undergraduate chemistry major at Bryn Mawr College. The biggest change was sheer size: she went from a campus of 600 students to one of 6,000. But there were other differences. She had left the … [Read more...] about Innovating for Energy Efficiency: Savitz Looks Beyond Technology