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Contact: Anne Watzman
Chriss Swaney

For immediate release:
May 14, 2002

Renowned Advocate of Women in Technology to Participate in Panel At Carnegie Mellon On the Future of Women in Technology Fields

PITTSBURGH—Anita Borg, president of the Institute for Women and Technology, and a renowned advocate for women in technical fields, will join four Carnegie Mellon faculty members this Friday, May 17, 2002, at 12:30 p.m. to discuss the future of women in technology. The panel discussion will take place in the Rangos Ballroom at the University Center.

Borg also will receive an honorary degree at the university's 105th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 19.

The panel discussion brings together some of this nation's premier role models for women pursuing careers in technology. The panel includes:

Christina Amon, professor of mechanical engineering, director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES) and a leader in developing pre-college outreach programs for female and minority students.

Allan Fisher, president and chief executive officer of Carnegie Technology Education, a Carnegie Mellon spin-off. Fisher was associate dean for undergraduate education in the university's School of Computer Science, where he saw firsthand the problems of attracting and retaining women in the field of computer science. Through his efforts, enrollment of women increased nearly five-fold between 1995 and 2001. He and a colleague have written a book about what they learned.

Mary Shaw, professor of computer science, Institute for Software Research International, School of Computer Science. She does research to support the design and development of software systems. She is working to turn software development into a discipline like engineering.

Dannie Durand, associate professor in the departments of Biological Sciences and Computer Science, who studies the role of gene duplication in the acquisition of new gene function and the evolution of vertebrate genomes.


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