Karen Panetta Honored by Anita Borg Institute

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 10 May, 2011 – IEEE Computer Society Fellows Committee member Karen Panetta will be honored on 19 May at the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology’s Women of Vision Awards Banquet.

Panetta, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Simulation Research Laboratory at Tufts University, was named a Woman of Vision recipient in the Leadership category.
She was recognized not only for her contributions in academia and industry but also as one of the United States leading experts in innovating successful low-cost methods for disseminating engineering and science to youth, parents, educators, and the general public to help recruit young women to the STEM disciplines. Her Nerd Girls international program has inspired young women by teaching them that engineers and scientists create innovations for the benefit of humanity.

The banquet, hosted by Lockheed Martin, will take place in the Mission City Ballroom in Santa Clara, California, and feature keynote speaker Anousheh Ansari, the first female private space explorer and first space ambassador.

Chieko Asakawa, IBM Fellow and CTO of Accessibility Research and Technology at IBM Research, was this year’s Women of Vision Award recipient in the Leadership category, and Mary Lou Jepsen, CEO of Pixel Qi, was the recipient in the Innovation category.

The Women of Vision Awards honor women making significant contributions to technology in three categories: Innovation, Leadership, and Social Impact. The three winners were selected from a field of highly qualified women engaged in technology professions in industry, academia, nonprofits, or government.

Candidates for the awards are considered based on their records of consistent, significant contributions to technology invention and application; effecting positive changes in the ways in which technology impacts society; and demonstrated leadership in the technology industry that extends beyond their place of work.

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.

Panetta’s research focuses on developing efficient algorithms for simulation, modeling, signal, and image processing for security and biomedical applications. She is the co-founder of BA Logix Inc. and is the company’s chief research scientist.

Previously, Panetta was a computer engineer at Digital Equipment Corp. She is a NASA Langley Research Scientist JOVE Fellow, is a recipient of the NSF Career Award and won the 2003 Madeline and Henry Fischer Best Engineering Teacher Award.

For more about her accomplishments, visit http://anitaborg.org/about/who-we-are/karen-panetta/.

About the IEEE Computer Society

Founded in 1946, and the largest of IEEE’s 38 societies, the IEEE Computer Society www.computer.org is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computing and information technology. The Computer Society serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and professionals with books, conferences, conference publications, magazines, online courses, software development certifications, standards, and technical journals. Known worldwide for its computer-standards activities, the Computer Society promotes an active exchange of ideas and technological innovation.

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