“Increasing Diversity in Engineering”

Event Date: April 4, 2013
Time: 3:30 p.m. seminar
4:30 p.m. reception
Location: Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, Kurz Atrium
701 W. Stadium Avenue
West Lafayette, IN
Maria Klawe
Maria Klawe
Maria Klawe
President, Harvey Mudd College
During a three-year period, the number of women majoring in computer science at Harvey Mudd College grew dramatically from 10 percent to 40 percent. Maria Klawe will discuss how this happened, examine strategies for increasing female and minority participation in science and engineering, and share her own story of becoming a female technologist.
3:30 p.m., April 4, Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, Kurz Atrium. 4:30 p.m. reception.


Harvey Mudd College is led by Maria Klawe, HMC’s fifth president, who began her tenure in 2006. A renowned computer scientist and scholar, President Klawe is the first woman to lead the College since its founding in 1955. Prior to joining HMC, she served as dean of engineering and professor of computer science at Princeton University. During her time at Princeton, Klawe led the School of Engineering and Applied Science through a strategic planning exercise that created an exciting and widely embraced vision for the school. At Harvey Mudd College, she led a similarly ambitious strategic planning initiative, "HMC 2020: Envisioning the Future."

Klawe joined Princeton from the University of British Columbia where she served as dean of science from 1998 to 2002, vice president of student and academic services from 1995 to 1998 and head of the Department of Computer Science from 1988 to 1995. Prior to UBC, Klawe spent eight years with IBM Research in California, and two years at the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. (1977) and B.Sc. (1973) in mathematics from the University of Alberta.

Klawe has made significant research contributions in several areas of mathematics and computer science, including functional analysis, discrete mathematics, theoretical computer science, human-computer interaction, gender issues in information technology and interactive-multimedia for mathematics education. Her current research focuses on discrete mathematics.

Klawe is one of the ten members of the board of Microsoft Corporation, a board member of Broadcom Corporation and the nonprofit Math for America, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a trustee for the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley and a member of both the Stanford Engineering Advisory Council and the Advisory Council for the Computer Science Teachers Association. She was elected as a fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery in 1996 and as a founding fellow of the Canadian Information Processing Society in 2006.