Donna M. Auguste (CS 1983)
2007 Alumni Achievement (Merit) Award
Donna M. Auguste (CS 1983) was the first African-American woman to enter the doctoral program in computer science at Carnegie Mellon. While working at Apple Computer, she led a product team that was awarded three patents for work on the Apple Newton Personal Digital Assistant, a forerunner to the Palm Pilot.
After the sale of her company, Freshwater Software, Auguste became president of her own nonprofit organization, Leave a Little Room Foundation. The organization, based in Boulder, Colo., works to improve education and infrastructure in communities around the world.