SCIS Event

Distinguished Women Lecture Series

Women in Computing - Creating the Future

Date / Time:

Jun. 26, 2015 @ 01:30 pm


Florida International University
ECS: 241


Barbara Ericson
Georgia Tech
College of Computing

Barbara Ericson


Women have been involved in computing from the beginning. Learn about the first computer programmer, the Harvard Computers, the Secret Rosies, and others. Women in computing today are finding new and exciting ways to use computers to improve the way we live, work, and play.


Barbara Ericson is a senior research scientist at Georgia Tech and a part-time PhD student in Human Centered Computing. She works for the Institute for Computing Education at the College of Computing at Georgia Tech, where she is trying to improve the quality and quantity of secondary computing teachers. Ms. Ericson has a bachelors and masters degree in Computer Science, and has worked in several research labs: General Motors Research Labs, Bell Communication Research, and The Institute for Paper Science and Technology. She has also worked with 3D graphics, artificial intelligence, robotics, medical informatics, telecommunications, finite element analysis, object-oriented development, and computer-science education. She holds two patents for her work in case-based reasoning. Ms. Ericson and her husband, Dr. Mark Guzdial, were the winners of the 2010 Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Computing Educator Award. She was also the winner of the 2012 A. Richard Newton Educator Award for her efforts to attract more females to computing.