Student Receives Women Tech Award

Congratulations to University of Utah College of Engineering student Anna Bell, who received the student 2021 Women Tech Award from the Women Tech Council (WTC).

Bell, who is working toward a degree in data science in the School of Computing, was one of eight people honored this year. She received the Student Pathway Award, given to an undergraduate student “in the midst of their STEM degree for their promising work and dedication.” The other awards were given to community leaders and innovators for “their impact on the technology sector and economy and their community contributions.” Click here to see a list of all the recipients.

The awards, now in their 14th year, are designed to bring visibility to women who create new technologies, drive innovation, impact tech companies and inspire the technology community.

“As we all face unprecedented circumstances, it’s critical that we help those around us accelerate through these difficulties, especially women who are disproportionately impacted by these events,” said Cydni Tetro, president of WTC. “Small measures to give visibility, expand a network, offer mentoring or create opportunities make individual and collective impact, and can change the trajectory of people’s careers and the technology ecosystem.”

Bell is a data science student actively engaged in research. She is known for her drive and ability to think deeply on a micro scale in the context of project work as well as on a macro scale in how technology impacts the broader world. Prior to her focus on STEM, she studied philosophy in ancient civilizations, which led her to identify similarities in issues needing to be addressed in today’s society. She is now using data science as a powerful tool for investigating big questions and finding solutions to social problems. She also takes every opportunity to introduce non-computer science students to programming and serves as an example and mentor to other young women pursuing STEM. After graduating, Bell plans to pursue a Ph.D., teach others as a professor and become an innovator and contributor to private projects.

The Women Tech Council is a national organization focused on the economic impact of women in the technology sector through developing programs that propel the economic pipeline from K-12 to the C-suite. WTC offers mentoring, visibility, opportunities and networking to more than 10,000 women and men working in technology to create business environments focused on inclusivity and high performance.

CS: The Versatile Degree

The University of Utah College of Engineering, School of Computing and the ARCS foundation present "Computer Science: The Versatile Degree."

Featuring: Dr. Kiri L. Wagstaff is a Principal Researcher in machine learning at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and an associate research professor at Oregon State University. Her research focuses on developing new machine learning methods for use onboard spacecraft and in data archives for planetary science, astronomy, cosmology, and more. She received her B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Utah in 1997 followed by a M.S. in Computer Science (2000) and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University in 2002. She is passionate about keeping machine learning relevant to real-world problems.

Panel: Panelists are University School of Computing graduates working in a variety of careers (security, defense, finance, healthcare, education). Computer Scientists are involved in virtually every aspect of modern life. Come find out how a computer science degree is your ticket to a rewarding career in any field. 

  • Alice Griffin, Engineering Associate, Goldman Sachs
  • Seth DeCato, Cybersecurity Lead and Information System Security Manager, Federal Civil Service
  • Jessica Lemon, Sr Mobile App Developer, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Dave Venable, Sr. Software Developer, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
  • Ryan Hawkins, Software Engineering Intern, Instructure

Light refreshments will be served
Although reservations are not required, they are appreciated.
Register by emailing or calling (801) 560-3587


UCIC Launch

The University of Utah School of Computing officially launched the new Utah Center for Inclusive Computing (UCIC) on Sept. 1, 2021, which recognizes the importance of inclusion in engineering and computing and is designed to boost the percentage of students from groups currently underrepresented in computing. We welcome all students to come explore if computing is for you!

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