Penn Engineering Hosts Aspirations in Computing Awards

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. The Award offers both national and local "affiliate" competitions to generate support and visibility for women's participation in communities nationwide. The University of Pennsylvania participated in a Philadelphia Area Affiliate award with Villanova University, Drexel University and Temple University.

On March 21, 2012, 11 winners were honored at a program and dinner attended by faculty and students from Penn, Villanova, Drexel, and Temple. At the event, CIS chair Susan Davidson, Professor Stephanie Weirich and CIS alum, Gayle Laakmann McDowell E, MSE'05 talked to the students about how they got involved in computing, and why it was such a great field for them. Tammy Pirmann, Computer Science teacher and District Coordinator for Computer Science and Business at the School District of Springfield Township, Montgomery County, PA, was honored with the Philadelphia Area Educator's Award. Because of Tammy's efforts, all Springfield students are required to pass a course in computer science in order to graduate.

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