52 Inspirational Quotes by Women in Computer Science & IT: A Journal for Reflection

“There’s so many exciting things going on in the computer industry, that if you have an idea, a dream, something that you want to do, then just go for it.” ~ Stephanie Shirley, Founder of software company in 1962 staffed completely by Women

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52 Inspirational Quotes by African Americans in STEM: A Journal for Reflection

“I think every one of us has the power to be a genius. I was not born a genius; it was nurtured in me by my father.”

~ Philip Emeagwali, High-Performance Computing Pioneer

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Women in Robotics: Challenges and Progress

Electrical engineering and computer science professor Julie Adams along with students Sean Hayes, right, Mark Bailey, left, Electa Baker and Caroline Harriott, center, work with their remote control robots outside the Student Life Center. (John Russell/Vanderbilt University)

Robotics is one of the fastest growing fields in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and women have benefited from that growth. Over the past three decades, women in robotics have faced challenges, but at the same time, have seen encouraging progress.

“Around the time I entered graduate school in the early 90s, the number of females going into PhD programs in robotics showed a big step up, and I was part of that,” said Julie Adams, associate professor of computer science and computer engineering at Vanderbilt University.

At that time, Adams was one of only three women of the 30 to 35 students in the general robotics, automation, sensing & perception (GRASP) laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, and one of the first to graduate with a PhD. Continue reading “Women in Robotics: Challenges and Progress”

52 Inspirational Quotes by Women in STEM: A Journal for Reflection

“When we are chafed and fretted by small cares, a look at the stars will show us the littleness of our own interests.” – Maria Mitchell, Astronomer

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Mary L. Spaeth: Tunable Laser Inventor

Mary L. Spaeth invented the first tunable laser.

One of the most accomplished engineers I have had the privilege of interviewing was Mary L. Spaeth, a specialist in the field of laser optics.

Spaeth was a pioneer who discovered the world’s first “tunable” laser.

While researching ruby lasers at Hughes Aircraft Corp., Spaeth “came to believe that dyes would make excellent lasers.” Dyes are strongly colored chemicals that can be used to add color to a material, such as hair or cloth.

The year was 1966, only six years after the first laser was invented. Continue reading “Mary L. Spaeth: Tunable Laser Inventor”