CS Celebrates Women's History Month


This March we are celebrating Women's History Month which recognizes the contributions of women and their vital role in American history as well as their global impact. In the Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook University it is a time for us to recognize the accomplishments of women in the field of computer science and STEM education. Whether a current student or a long time CS professor, we are grateful for their passion and their pioneering spirit as women researchers and educators. 

Here are three simple things that you can do to celebrate women in computer science: 

1) Learn - Take e a look! The department is fortunate to have women faculty teaching courses, leading research, and mentoring students. Log in to our YouTube channel SBUCS and hear the stories of these women CS faculty firsthand:

  • Annie Liu - Prof. Liu recently co-authored the book Declarative Logic Programming with Prof. Michael Kifer. Liu's Design and Analysis Research Lab tackles challenges in languages and algorithms, especially systematic design and optimization.
  • Anita Wasilewska - Prof Wasilewska conducts research in machine learning, knowledge discover, bioinformatics, and foundations of data mining. Look for announcement this month about her new book, Logics in Computer Science.
  • Aruna Balasubramanian - Recently named an N2 Women's Rising Star, Professor Balasubramanian was recently awarded a VMWare Early-Career Faculty GRant. She also leads our WPhD student group and mentors K-12 students through Girls Who Code.
  • Jing Chen - After earning a PhD in computer science from MIT, Prof. Chen came to Stony Brook to pursue her passion for teaching and research. She focuses on computation and economics, or game theory.
  • Jie Gao - Algorithms, sensor networks, and computational geometry are some of the research areas that motivate Prof. Gao. Gao earned a PhD from Stanford University. 

2) Join - Get involved! This week Women in Computer Science at Stony Brook kicks-off Women's History Month with a weeklong HackHealth Bootcamp. Whether you want to attend one of the sessions or volunteer at the actually hackathon on March 9, now is your chance! Read more about the events they have planned here: https://www.cs.stonybrook.edu/about-us/News/HackHealth-Bootcamp-Week-Sta...

3) Encourage your daughter, your sister, your niece, your partner!  The number of women enrolled in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook has increased from 20% to 25%. That accomplishment is due in part to the great strides made by Stony Brook's Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program. WISE encourages students in K-12 to learn more about STEM education and in a future as a leading scientist, mathematician, or engineer.  Learn more about the possibilities for women here.