Proud of my friend and colleague

Congratulations to my friend and colleague, Jane Prey, PhD., who has received the Lifetime Service to the Computer Science Education Community award from ACM SIGCSE. This is a well-deserved honor for Jane as “an individual who has a long history of volunteer service to the computer science education community.”

Jane’s been a key proponent of industry and educational institutions attracting and retaining women in CS degree programs and careers. I first met her at SIGCSE in 1997, after reading her paper and research on improving CS undergraduate curriculum to better retain all students. I had the privilege of working with her from then on, becoming a personal friend, and even employing one of her daughters.  She is a true advocate, mentor and supporter of both men and women in the field.

Jane’s work is more important than ever: the percentage of computer science graduates who are women declined from 37 percent in 1985 to a dismal 18 percent in 2009, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, another organization where Jane has had a tremendous impact.

For a greater understanding of this problem, download Solutions To Recruit Technical Women, (by Caroline Simard, Ph.D. and Denise Gammal, Ph.D.,) from the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.