Westminster Computer Science Professor Receives Women in Tech Award

Sep 17, 2014

Sept. 17, 2014 Dr. Helen Hu recognized for her contributions in technology education SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster computer science professor Dr. Helen Hu received the Education Excellence Award at the 2014 Women in Tech Awards. The Women Tech Council recognizes technology-focused women who are driving innovation, leading technology companies, and are key contributors to the community. Dr. Helen Hu is passionate about broadening participation in computer science throughout Utah. Hu was awarded a three-year $800,000 National Science Foundation grant to improve computer science education in Utah high schools. Through the NSF grant, Hu introduced a new high school course "Exploring Computer Science" to over 50 Utah schools. The program already has better gender equity than any other Utah high school computer science course.   Earlier this year, Hu was awarded a three-year AAC&U/TIDES grant to increase diversity in college STEM education. With this funding, she will create innovative new course combinations that are designed to excite first-year college students about the versatility of technology.   Helen tech award 2Hu is a computer science professor at Westminster College. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Utah and her bachelors from Princeton University (both in computer science). For the past 10 years, Hu has run a programming workshop for Westminster's AWE+SUM summer camp-a camp for 8th grade girls. She also participates in the Northern Utah affiliate of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award and serves on the Utah Technology Council's Public Policy Forum. She is a member of the Computer Science Advocacy Leadership Team (CSALT) and serves as an officer for the Utah Chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA).   Founded in 2007, the Women Tech Council provides mentoring, visibility and networking for women. The community is built for both women who currently work for technology companies, and those who may work in technology roles in other market sectors. Over the past seven years, the Women Tech Council has been able to honor 110 women, 20 university students, and sponsor over 250 high school students for the awards, helping to inspire the next generation of STEM-focused students.  

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