August 28, 2013 | Microsoft Campus, Redmond, Washington
Come and be inspired by what Microsoft Research, in partnership with she++, is doing to advance
View the she++ documentary and pose questions to our panels of experts. The first panel is composed of highly motivated and inspiring female interns who are making a difference in their local communities by growing the next generation of computer scientists. The second panel includes top technical women from Microsoft who are driving innovation and change across the company. Join us to share in the enthusiasm
Welcome / Learn what Microsoft Research and she++ are doing to grow women in computing
she++ documentary viewing
Panel 1: Interns making a difference in computer science
Panel 2: Technical women leaders in Microsoft making a difference in technology and
Closing: call to action
Ayna Agarwal is a project management intern on the Windows UEX Team this summer, and a rising senior at Stanford University studying Symbolic Systems (Human-Computer Interaction). Last year, Ayna launched she++ to inspire girls to reinvent the image of the technologist to encourage younger girls to pursue tech. Since then, she++ taken international recognition, through producing a documentary that has more than 50,000 views in one week of its public release, running conferences, and launching a mentorship program. Supporters such as Marc Andreessen, Sheryl Sandberg, Ariana Huffington, and Microsoft enlisted in the cause. At the age of 15, Ayna founded an international non-profit to help curb the spread of infectious diseases through sterilizing stray animals, and mobilized more than 2,000 youth to get involved in 12 developing countries. Her long-term goal is to use technology to build products for the social good. Ayna spent summer 2012 interning at a Silicon Valley start-up, Slice, and spring 2013 interning at Evernote. Last year, she studied abroad at Oxford University. She has been featured in TechCrunch, Bloomberg News, Forbes, TIME Magazine, and CNN, among others, for her work.
Erin Chapple is a partner group program manager in the Windows Server and System Center Division, where she leads the Cloud Infrastructure program management team. The Cloud Infrastructure Team delivers the core platform and administrative experiences necessary to minimize the cost and effort to deploy, manage, and operate Windows Server in a public or private cloud environments. Erin joined Microsoft in 1998 and has held several roles focused on delivering solutions for IT. Erin holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. In 2005, she completed a master's in Applied Behavioral Science from the Leadership Institute of Seattle. In 2007, the University of Washington recognized her with a 50th Anniversary Alumni Award for her work supporting women in technology. In 2012, Erin's peers at Microsoft presented her with the Leadership Advocacy Award for Women. Erin was recognized as one of ten "Microsoft Woman Worth Watching" on
Katie Doran is a program manager working on the future of technology on the Analog team at Microsoft. Katie has previously interned at Microsoft Research and NASA's Kennedy Space Center and was a Graduate Student Researcher Fellow at NASA Headquarter; she has both her undergraduate and master's degrees are in Computer Science and she uses this technical skill to strengthen communities through outreach and volunteering. Her work to grow the numbers of women and minorities participating in STEM has included an after-school Game Design and Development apprenticeship that ran for more than four years in Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as multiple trips to teach students and teachers in rural, northern Haiti about technology and computational thinking.
Priya Ganesan is a high school intern on the Microsoft Research Machine Translation team this summer, working on a Windows 8 application that utilizes machine translation and music synthesizing features to translate songs into different languages. She just graduated from high school and will be attending Stanford University this fall, majoring in Computer Science. Priya is a recipient of the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing, which recognizes high school girls for their interest in computer science. Priya is also a main organizer and co-founder of the annual youth conference, TEDxRedmond (sponsored by Microsoft), which inspires students to solve today's problems and make a difference in their communities. Last summer, Priya was a research intern at Stanford's Falk Center for Cardiovascular Research and conducted an independent research project on the application of adipose stem cells in regenerative cardiovascular therapy. The previous summer, Priya traveled to Rwanda for three weeks to work with underprivileged girls in rural Nyamata, teaching them English and empowering them to pursue their education despite their daily hardships. After witnessing the abject poverty in Rwanda and seeing the impact that technology can make in alleviating poverty and improving quality of life, Priya hopes to use computer science to make a difference in the lives of those residing in third-world countries.
Rane Johnson engages with academics worldwide to identify high-impact areas for research investigations. She is working on projects that use technology to transform how we learn about history and how we eradicate human trafficking. Johnson also serves as Microsoft Research's lead for growing, attracting, and retaining women in research, science, and engineering. She actively works with NCWIT, Anita Borg, CRA-W, and researchers to grow the pipeline of women in research and STEM fields. She is passionate about education and technology, with 16 years of experience in the field. Johnson is a graduate of Bucknell University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. in Economics/Finance, and of George Fox University with an Executive MBA in Transformational Leadership. She serves on the ACM-W Executive Council, ABI Advisory Board and UW Information School Advisory Board.
Amy Lin is a software development engineer intern on the Services Engineering Team this summer, and a rising senior at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) studying Computer Science. She has served as the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at UCLA's major chair, mentorship director, and external vice president. Amy was one of the 10 collegiate representatives chosen at the Society level to undergo leadership training (SWE Future Leader). She hosted numerous events including 3 company tours, 19 company information sessions and workshops, an etiquette dinner, and an alumni networking dinner. She currently serves as their president. As the UCLA Engineering Mentorship (MentorSEAS) program and committee director last year, Amy spearheaded the effort to provide every new engineering student with at least one upperclass student mentor of the same major (728 freshmen and transfers with 208 mentors). She also connected all students with a network and database of mentors, events, workshops, and resources. Amy spent summer 2012 at Microsoft as an Explorer intern. As an intern this summer, she organized an Intern Agile Immersion Day to expose a team of interns to a full-time employee team working in an open-space agile environment. She aims to expose girls to accessible, understandable forms of technology and to improve retention of engineering majors.
Kathryn S. McKinley is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research. She likes to solve programming language implementation problems and make systems faster, more reliable, secure, and energy efficient. McKinley and her collaborators produced the widely used DaCapo Java Benchmarks, TRIPS Compiler, Hoard memory manager, MMTk garbage collector toolkit, and the Immix garbage collector. She is co-chair of the CRA Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research, and has testified on the issue of information technology innovation to the U.S. House Science Committee. McKinley has graduated 17 Ph.D. students. She is an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Fellow.
Shilpa Ranganathan is a senior test lead at Microsoft. She has worked in the Unified Communications space for nine years and helped ship multiple versions of Microsoft Live Meeting and Microsoft Lync during her career at Microsoft. She is passionate about working on innovative techniques to improve software testing and helping create and ship high quality products. Shilpa has represented Microsoft at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in growing women in STEM. In addition, she was co-founder of Bytewise organization formed in 2011 by women on the Lync Test team with the purpose of establishing a culture that encourages women in software engineering. In her free time, she wrote a Think Week paper on "Trust and Gender Differences." Shilpa has a bachelor's and a master's degree in Chemical Engineering. She is currently focused on improving the test process through automation, new testing tools, and techniques.
Cordy Rierson is a 20-year entertainment industry veteran. She has worked in film, television, music videos, and commercials in live action, visual effects, and post production on projects such as Forces of Nature, Independence Day, Batman Forever, Clear & Present Danger, Broken Arrow, and Mission Impossible. She has spent the last 10 years in interactive entertainment, developing dozens of titles for Xbox, Xbox 360, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, and Wii, such as Front Mission: Evolved, Silent Hill: Homecoming, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and Kinect Fun Labs. Cordy is currently a Studio Manager for Microsoft Studios. Cordy is a graduate of University of Central Florida and Full Sail University where she studied communication, film, video, radio, and TV. Cordy is a 2009 inaugural Hall of Fame Inductee for Full Sail University for outstanding contributions and achievements in the entertainment industry and has been honored with a Congressional Recognition Award for dynamic digital visual effects in the film industry. She is also on the Board of Directors for the International Game Developers Association.
Organizations supporting women in computing
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