Today is Ada Lovelace Day and I signed the pledge to blog about a woman in technology whom I admire. I chose Tracy Camp, a professor of computer science at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.
I have known Tracy for many years, having first met her when I participated in an NSF sponsored workshop on Ethics in Computing. I interviewed Tracy as part of the Computing Educators Oral History Project.
Tracy is well-respected in her research field of mobile computing, has managed to select areas of research that have social significance, and has been honored for her teaching excellence. In addition to this she has served as the chair of ACM-W, which is now a council of the Association for Computing Machinery dedicated to the support of women in computing careers. Tracy currently serves as the treasurer of ACM/SIGMobile. She is both a distinguished scientist in the ACM as well as one of their distinguished lecturers. She developed a social networking tool for the attendees at the 2008 Grace Murray Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference and will serve as the program chair of the 2009 Hopper conference.
Tracy maintains a grounded life by integrating family (she has a husband and two young children) with her work and volunteer efforts. Although I often tease Tracy, encouraging her to say the “No” word more oftern, I admire her intelligence, energy, determination and grace.
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