Indiana Affiliate Award Celebration Wednesday, January 19, 2011 OneAmerica Auditorium
Welcome Maureen Biggers Associate Dean for Diversity and Education School of Informatics and Computing Indiana University Gene Berry Vice President and Chief Information Officer OneAmerica Financial Partners Inc.
Bobby Schnabel Dean School of Informatics and Computing Indiana University
Keynote Speaker “Why You’re Cool” Laurie McRobbie Indiana University’s First Lady and Adjunct Faculty School of Informatics and Computing Indiana University
Award Introduction Ruthe Farmer Director of Strategic Initiatives National Center for Women & IT Mission: To increase women’s meaningful participation in computing & IT.
NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing • Recognizes high-school young women for their computing-related achievements and interests. • Selection Criteria: • Demonstrated computing and IT aspirations & aptitude • Demonstrated leadership ability • Academic history • Plans for post-secondary education These outstanding young women were selected from a pool of 93 applicants from across Indiana.
Affiliate Stats 18 Affiliates 20 States 250 Winners 100 Runners-up National Stats 906 Applicants 35 Natl. Winners 24 States 148 Runners-up
Award Presentations Suzanne Menzel Senior Lecturer of Computer Science School of Informatics and Computer Science Indiana University Sriram Mohan Assistant Professor Dept of Computer Science & Software Engineering Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Nupur Bhatt Park Tudor School Class of 2012 Indianapolis, IN Nupur became interested in technology after taking a computer science class where she created a two-dimensional scrolling game and is considering attending college to study biotechnology.
Susanna Bowen The Indiana Academy Class of 2011 Muncie, IN Susanna has been interested in computers since she was very young and intends to study computer science and mathematics in college.
Rebecca Chen Park Tudor School Class of 2012 Indianapolis, IN Rebecca spent over 120 hours programming the World of DOOM computer game, she plans to study computer science in college, and credits her parents and Mr. Ritz, her teacher for inspiring her interest in computer science.
Geralyn Dierfeldt New Albany High School Class of 2011 New Albany, IN Geralyn and her classmate Derek Edwards took 2nd place at the Indiana Technology Fair and as a result of the Indiana Aspiration Awards, she plans to pursue a career in computing.
Amy Faust Mount Vernon High School Class of 2012 Fortville, IN In addition to working on many projects involving technology with her father since 1st grade, Amy, is involved in cheerleading, track & field, student council, yearbook and the National Honor Society and maintains a 4.0 GPA.
Jasmine Freeman Northrop High School Class of 2011 Fort Wayne, IN Jasmine will always be grateful to her teacher Mr. Gibson for inspiring her interest in computer programming and is planning to attend Purdue University to become a computer programmer and psychiatrist.
Kristin Haehl West Lafayette High School Class of 2012 West Lafayette, IN Kristin created an interactive math game for elementary students and is thankful for her teacher Mr. Watson, who has supported her aspirations in computer science and her parents for pushing her to be the best student she can be.
Katie Hedges Eastern Howard High School Class of 2011 Greentown, IN Katie attended the Women in Engineering Summer Camps at Purdue University and as a result would like to develop applications for phones and other technology that people use on a daily basis.
Victoria Humphreys Penn High School Class of 2012 Mishawaka, IN Victoria was inspired to work with technology at the age of 5 by the family’s first computer and, in her words, she "has restored a completely trashed computer to working order.”
Brittany Kaiser New Albany High School Class of 2011 New Albany, IN Brittany’s mother introduced her to computers at an early age and she has loved them ever since, and as a result, she placed 2nd in the Marion County Technology Fair for a program that assists doctor’s offices in collecting and storing patient information.
Megan Kirkbride Penn High School Class of 2011 Mishawaka, IN Megan has been to 7 foreign countries and says her family has had a big influence on encouraging her to learn everything she can about computing, because of all the opportunities available in the technical field.
Holly Markovich Munster High School Class of 2013 Munster, IN Holly’s parents and science teachers encouraged her to pursue computing by showing her the fun in science and she considers her 7-year involvement with FIRST Lego League to be her greatest technical accomplishment and is also proud of placing 5th in the optics event for the 2010 Science Olympiad National Tournament.
Sarah Parker Crown Point High School Class of 2011 Crown Point, IN One of Sarah’s two jobs is working at On-Site Computer, as a computer technician, she has always enjoyed tinkering with computers and would like to major in computer science at IUPUI.
Emily Peed Ben Davis University High School Class of 2012 Indianapolis, IN Emily earned the nickname "Mama IT" from her classmates; she plans to attend college to study programming.
Samantha Quinn Thomas Carr Howe High School Class of 2011 Indianapolis, IN Samantha is the first Quinn family member to graduate high school, she wants to continue her education with a double major in computer science and business, she desires a career with NASA, she thanks her Mom for all the support she has given and getting her out of bed each morning and her brother for pushing her to be where she is today.
Trisha Shanahan Lake Central High School Class of 2011 Saint John, IN Trisha would like to major in computer science and graphic design in college with a career goal to be a web designer.
Krystal Nicole Stutts Pike High School Class of 2011 Indianapolis, IN Krystal was captivated by the sheer idea of computer animation and the software involved in producing Pixar films and would like to become a computer engineer with Pixar.
Lindsey Watterson Southwestern Middle/High School Class of 2011 Hanover, IN Lindsey has programmed a computer game at Rose-Hulman’s Operation Catapult and plans to obtain a degree in software engineering from Rose-Hulman.
Victoria Weisenberger Delta High School Class of 2011 Muncie, IN Victoria plans to study electrical engineering in college and will be competing in the Super Mileage Challenge in April, where competitors will design and construct a vehicle that reduces dependency on gasoline and oil.
Ella Wildemann Columbus North High School Class of 2011 Columbus, IN Ella credits her teacher for fostering her interest in computing and plans to study mechanical engineering in college and aerospace engineering in graduate school.
Educator Award Presentation Ruthe Farmer Director of Strategic Initiatives National Center for Women & IT
Educator Award Recipient Rodrigo J. Anadon started in the Business Department at Penn High School in November of 2000. He has been using computers since 1983 and enjoys coding. He graduated from Notre Dame and IUSB with a bachelor's and master's. He is a proud member of the Computer Science Teacher Association (CSTA) and has joined the MSDN Academic Alliance to better serve his students. He currently enjoys troubleshooting computers, assisting staff with technology, and spending free time with his beautiful wife, Deanne and his three children (Nicholas, Alex, and Nina). Rodrigo Anadon Penn High School Mishawaka, IN
Closing Remarks Gail Farnsley Director, Lafayette Statewide Technology Visiting Professor, Computer & Information Technology Purdue University