DLS Talk by Maria Klawe (Harvey Mudd College)

Thursday, November 15, 2018 | 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Speaker:  Dr. Maria Klawe, President, Harvey Mudd College

Title:  Meeting the Demand for Computational Skills


Over the last few years the demand for graduates with knowledge and skills in computer science and data science has sky-rocketed as all industry sectors are being transformed by technology. At most universities the number of students wanting to major in computer science has tripled or quadrupled, and many non-CS majors also want access to computer science and data science courses. As a result computer science faculty are also in high demand, but increasingly fresh Ph.D.s and existing faculty are being hired by industry at much higher salaries. This talk discusses a variety of strategies for addressing this situation.


Maria Klawe began her tenure as Harvey Mudd College’s fifth president in 2006. A renowned computer scientist and scholar, President Klawe is the first woman to lead the College since its founding in 1955. Prior to joining HMC, she served as dean of engineering and professor of computer science at Princeton University. Klawe joined Princeton from the University of British Columbia where she served as dean of science from 1998 to 2002, vice president of student and academic services from 1995 to 1998 and head of the Department of Computer Science from 1988 to 1995. Prior to UBC, Klawe spent eight years with IBM Research in California, and two years at the University of Toronto. She received her PhD (1977) and BSc (1973) in mathematics from the University of Alberta. Klawe has made significant research contributions in several areas of mathematics and computer science, including functional analysis, discrete mathematics, theoretical computer science, human-computer interaction, gender issues in information technology and interactive-multimedia for mathematics education. Her current research focuses on discrete mathematics. Klawe is a renowned lecturer and has given talks at international conferences, national symposia, and colleges across the U.S. and Canada about diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines and industries, gender and gaming, and lessons from her own career in STEM industry and education. She has devoted particular attention in recent years to improving K-12 science and mathematics education.

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