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Maria M. Klawe  

Renowned Mathematician, Computer Scientist & Scholar; First Female President at Harvey Mudd College

Maria M. Klawe, Ph.D, has been a director since 2011. Since 2006, Dr. Klawe has been President of Harvey Mudd College, a private liberal arts college in Claremont, California that focuses on engineering, science, and mathematics. From 2003 to 2006, Dr. Klawe served as Dean of Engineering and a Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University, and from 1998 to 2002 she held several positions at the University of British Columbia, including Dean of Science, Vice President of Student and Academic Services, and head of the Department of Computer Science. Dr. Klawe has also worked at IBM Research in California, the University of Toronto, and Oakland University. She received her doctorate and Bachelor of Science degrees in mathematics from the University of Alberta. Dr. Klawe has made significant research contributions in several areas of mathematics and computer science including functional analysis, discrete mathematics, theoretical computer science, and the design and use of interactive-multimedia for mathematics education. Her current research interests include discrete mathematics, serious games and assistive technologies. As a leading figure in the advancement of the role of women in science and engineering, Dr. Klawe was the first woman to serve on the board of the Computing Research Association and she co-founded CRA-W, the highly acclaimed Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research. She served on the board of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology from 1997 to 2011 and as chair from 2003 to 2008. From 1997 to 2002 she was the IBM-NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for British Columbia and the Yukon where she led several research studies and projects related to increasing the participation of women in computing. Dr. Klawe is a past president of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), a trustee of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Berkeley, and a member of the board of Math for America. She is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the American Mathematical Society, and the Canadian Information Processing Society and the recipient of numerous awards including the Computing Research Association's Nico Habermann Award. Dr. Klawe holds several honorary doctorate degrees in the areas of science and mathematics. Public Company Directorships During the Past Five Years: Microsoft Corporation (software and services company) - March 2009 to present.

Speech Topics


  • Increasing diversity in science and engineering
  • The Imposter Syndrome
  • Leadership
  • Making computer science fun and non-scary for everyone
  • MOOCs, flipped classrooms and other ed tech innovations
  • Strategic planning
  • Women in tech

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