Black History Month – Interviews with Women of Color

Continue the celebration of Black History Month with these accomplished women in computing.
IEEE Computer Society Team
Published 02/22/2021
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In honor of Black History Month, the Computer Society is highlighting two participants from the Women in STEM interview series. The series of interviews recognizes prominent women currently working in the computing field. Proudly highlighting the achievements of these exceptional women, the interview series explores their reasons for entering the profession, the evolution of their careers, advice they have for early career professionals, and how they build their support networks. Each interview provides fresh insight into each woman’s challenges and opportunities, and illustrates that there is no one “right” path to success. These passionate women exemplify the intelligence, work ethic, and commitment necessary for achieving success in this field.


Featured Interviews

Ayanna Howard (Ph.D.), Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As a faculty appointment in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Partnership on AI and Autodesk, Dr. Howard’s career focus is on intelligent technologies that must adapt to and function within a human-centered world.

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Valerie Taylor, Director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. Her research is in the area of high-performance computing, with a focus on performance analysis, modeling, and tuning of parallel, scientific applications. Taylor is an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Fellow and has received numerous awards for distinguished research and leadership.

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