Posts Tagged ‘women leaders’

WWE- Weekend Woman Engineer- Grace Hopper

I thought I’d start a new blog series about inspiring women in engineering.  Since I have a little more time on the weekends to do research, I’ll post these on the weekend.

On the very top of my list of – who would you like to eat dinner with, dead or alive, is Grace Hopper.  I think she was one of the coolest women of all time.  Why? Read on…

A few things we can thank Grace Hopper for…

  • Not having to program in a cryptic machine language- but actually being able to write in understandable English.  Grace developed the first computer compiler
  • Those early years when people learned to program in COBOL. Grace conceptualized and led the development of COBOL, one of the 1st computer languages
  • Every time someone says “debug” or “I’ve found a bug”, they can thank Grace.  She coined the term after finding a two inch moth in the Harvard Mark 1 experimental computer in 1945.
  • The ease at which most of us can pick up new computer programming languages due to their similarities.  Grace pioneered the implementation of standards for testing computer programming languages and systems.
  • The saying “It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission”- It’s one of her famous quotes.

Grace Hopper was a computer scientist and a rear admiral in the United States Navy. (She was one of the first women to be promoted to rear admiral in 1985).  She was born in 1906 and went to Vassar to receive a degree in mathematics and physics, then Yale for a masters and PhD in mathematics.

At age 34 she joined the Navy (inspired to serve her country with the outbreak of WWII) and became a programmer for the Harvard Mark 1, the  world’s first large-scale automatically sequenced digital computer. The computer was used to calculate aiming angles for Naval guns in varying weather conditions. Because the numbers were so pertinent, Hopper and her assistants were often required to run and monitor the system twenty-four hours a day.

Her years of service to the country led to a US Navy Destroyer, the USS Hopper, being named after her.

Grace won many awards, but she also has a great legacy that lives on today through scholarships in her name, and the Grace Hopper conference. I think it is one of the best technical conference for women, especially those in computer science and computer engineering.  Her legacy and impact continues to live on.

5 Women Leaders to Follow on Twitter (or Blogs)

I’m not big into Twitter yet.  My husband is, but even he will admit it is somewhat of a time waster.  I’m not big into following celebrities and my family isn’t really on twitter (although that would cut down on the number of phone calls from my mom 🙂 )

That said, I read this earlier today and I think I might need to get on the twitter train.  At least to see some of these ladies’ thoughts.

I also appreciate that Jo points out their blogs.  I’ve now got some good ones to add to my feed.  Hopefully  you’ll enjoy them too.

Here is a repost from Jo Miller’s column on the Anita Borg Newsletter.

5 Women Tech Leaders You Should Follow on Twitter

Ever wondered where the interesting people are hiding on Twitter? Here’s some dynamic, interesting women to follow.

1. The CTO
@padmasree
Cisco’s Chief Technology Officer Padmasree Warrior tweets with news from Cisco and industry, daily replies to her followers and the occasional Dr Seuss quote.

Recent tweet:
In my home no two things are the same, nothing “matches” that’s what makes it cozy. In life, each different moment is the beauty
Jan 31st

2. The Business Strategist
@nilofer
CEO & Founder of Rubicon Consulting Nilofer Merchant is an authority on creating business strategy to win markets. A prolific user of Twitter, Merchant’s tagline is “solving toughest business problems with strategy”.

Curious — has anyone seen a company do SOCIAL as a core part of their business strategy (not as an add-on or just marketing) #ask
Feb 2nd

3. The Fashionista Technologist
@umityalcinalp
Dr. Umit Yalcinalp is a former Software Architect turned Salesforce.com Evangelist with a Ph.D. in CS, and a self-described “seasoned technologist, fashionista geek and web technology veteran”. Dr Yalcinalp’s blog is WS Dudette.

Getting ready for the Developer Meetup on Force.com for Thursday. Will be covering “Data Modeling, Queries, Feeds”. Oh my.
Feb 1st

4. The Women in Tech Expert
@csimard
In her Twitter bio, ABI’s Director of Research Caroline Simard lists areas of interest including “organizational behavior, tech human and social capital, retention, diversity”. Her tweets provide a constant stream of facts and information on all the above. She co-authors a blog on Fast Company on the issues facing women in technology.

Report – companies losing out from org structures reflective of a 1960s workforce and not of today’s diverse workforce. http://bit.ly/7lIJSX
Jan 26th

5. The Emerging Leader
@gailcarmichael
One to watch! Gail Carmichael is a PhD student in Computer Science at Carleton University, focusing on educational entertainment and augmented reality. She has a passion for encouraging girls to enjoy computer science. Carmichael blogs on The Female Perspective of Computer Science.

Blog: Game Day at Carleton University: Game Day is an annual event at Carleton University. It’s a day full of … http://bit.ly/cWyug3