Mary Fernandez, Ph.D.
Dr. Mary Fernández is Assistant Vice President of
Software and Information Systems Research at AT&T Labs, where she
supports scientists and technologists whose research advances the
design and development of networked infrastructure ---from cloud to
mobile to pervasive computing systems ---that AT&T customers depend
upon every day. Mary is chair of the board of MentorNet (www.mentornet.net),
an award-winning e-mentoring program whose mission is to increase the
representation of women and under-represented minorities in STEM
professions. She is also on
the board of directors of the Computing Research Association (www.cra.org),
whose mission is to advance computing research.
Mary received her education in computer science from Brown
University and Princeton University.
She has been at AT&T Labs, having a lot of fun, since 1995.
The title of her talk is: A Path Between:
How mentors, role models, and YOU can grow the next generation of
computing professionals and have fun while doing good.
For digital natives – people born during the global
digital revolution of the past 20 years – technology is a natural
extension of their selves.
Every waking hour, they play, learn, and socialize with devices in hand.
Despite the ubiquity of technology in their daily lives, when
these young people enter university, they show little interest in
computing – the science that enables our connected lives.
This disinterest is a national crisis.
In the next ten years, more than half of STEM job openings will
be in computing, but the domestic production of computing graduates is
estimated to be less than half the anticipated annual demand of 135,000
computing jobs. The
shortfall of computing professionals is already being felt by employers
and more significantly, it will have deleterious effects on our economy
and national security.
Luckily, solutions to this problem are at hand – in
fact, in our own hands. We
will discuss how mentors, role models, and YOU can nurture the next
generation of computing professionals and have fun while doing good.
Find out when
Mary will be speaking!