Gates Wins Anita Borg Social Impact Award

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 10 August, 2010 – The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology has named IEEE Computer Society volunteer Ann Quiroz Gates the winner of its 2010 Social Impact Award.

The Anita Borg Social Impact Award, underwritten by Microsoft, honors an individual or team that has caused technology to have a positive impact on the lives of women and society, or has caused women to have a significant impact on the design and use of technology.

Gates, associate vice president of research and sponsored projects at the University of Texas at El Paso, served as a Computer Society Board of Governors member from 2004 to 2009, chaired the Awards Committee from 2005 to 2007, and is currently a member of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee.

As the founder of the Computing Alliance for Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Gates is making a significant social impact by increasing the number of Latinos and Latinas graduating from college and seeking graduate studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The Anita Borg Institute will honor Gates during the 10th annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Atlanta, Georgia, on 30 September, along with Laura Hass, winner of the Anita Borg Technical Leadership Award and Beth Pruitt, winner of the Denice Denton Emerging Leader Award.

Technical Leadership Award winner Hass is an IBM Fellow and director of computer science based at IBM Research-Almaden. She directs research in information management, human computer interaction, theoretical foundations of computing, and healthcare informatics.

Haas is also one of the founders of IBM’s information integration solutions, which today include products that can integrate both structured and unstructured data via federation, consolidation, and search. She was named an IBM Fellow, IBM’s highest technical honor in 2009, and she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2010.

The Anita Borg Technical Leadership Award, underwritten by Cisco, is given to a woman who has inspired the women’s technology community through outstanding technological and social contributions.

Emerging Leader Award winner Pruitt is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. Pruitt’s research is in the field of microsystems and their application to biomechanics and microscale mechanobiology. In addition, she has identified social and professional connections, spanning the spectrum of ages and expertise, as central to fostering a strong, agile engineering community. As such, she has worked tirelessly to invite a full spectrum of participants to join in engineering endeavors.

The Denice Denton Award, underwritten by Microsoft, is given each year to a junior nontenured faculty member under age 40 at an academic or research institution pursuing high-quality research in any field of engineering or physical sciences while contributing significantly to promoting diversity in his/her environment.

The world’s largest gathering of women in computing in industry, academia, and government, the Grace Hopper Conference is a five-day technical conference designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. To register, visit http://gracehopper.org/2010/participate/registration.

The Computer Society offers resources for women in computing at http://www.computer.org/portal/web/membership/Women-in-Computing.

The Anita Borg Institute provides resources and programs to help industry, academia, and government recruit, retain, and develop women leaders in high-tech fields, resulting in higher levels of technological innovation. ABI programs serve high-tech women by creating a community and providing tools to help them develop their careers. For more information, visit http://www.anitaborg.org.

About the IEEE Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 38 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology, and is known globally for its computing standards activities. For more information, go to http://www.computer.org.

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