ACM womENcourage Europe

01 March 2014, Manchester, UK

Panel : "What are the career opportunities? What is the future?"

Chair: Beryl Nelson

Beryl Nelson is an Engineering Manager at Google in Search Infrastructure, and a member of the ACM-W Europe Executive Committee. She has worked in Google India and Google Poland before moving to the US in February of this year, and in a number of engineering areas. She has lived in 5 countries (US, Germany, Japan, India, Poland), of which 15 years were spent in Asia. Her 3 daughters learned to read Japanese before English. Her early work was in the area of languages, and she was a contributor to two early Lisp implementations. She has worked in both large companies like DEC and DE Shaw, and at start ups, in a variety of technologies. While living in Hyderabad, Beryl was a co-founder and vice chair of the local ACM chapter. In addition to her main work, Beryl is also interested in the published research on the data on diversity within business and its practical applications.

Panelist: Cornelia Boldreff

Professor Cornelia Boldyreff lives in Greenwich and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Greenwich in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences. She was previously the Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise) at the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering at the University of East London from 2009 - February 2013. Cornelia gained her PhD in Software Engineering from the University of Durham where she worked from 1992; she was a Reader in the Computer Science Department when she left. In 2004 she moved to the University of Lincoln to become the first Professor of Software Engineering at the university, where she co-founded and directed the Centre for Research in Open Source Software. She has over 25 years' experience in software engineering research and has published extensively on her research in the field. She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, and a founding committee member of the BCSWomen Specialist Group, a committee member of the BCS e-Learning Specialist Group, and currently (2013) chair of the BCS Open Source Specialist Group. She has been actively campaigning for more women in STEM throughout her career. Together with Miriam Joy Morris and Yasmine Arafa, she founded the start-up, ebartex Ltd, and together they are developing a new digital bartering currency, ebarts.

Panelist: Claire Vishik

Dr. Claire Vishik’s work at Intel Corporation focuses on hardware security, trusted computing, privacy enhancing technologies, some aspects of encryption and related policy issues. Claire is a member of the Permanent Stakeholders Group of ENISA, the European Network and Information Security Agency. She is active in standards development and is on the Board of Directors of the Trusted Computing Group and on the Council of the Information Security Forum. Claire is active in developing R&D strategies for security & privacy, through organizations like Cybersecurity Research Alliance and strategy efforts in the EU, UK, US, and other countries. She is an advisor to a number of R&D projects and initiatives including IPASco, PUFFIN, cryptography program at the University of Bristol, and many other. Claire received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining Intel, Claire worked at Schlumberger Laboratory for Computer Science and AT&T Laboratories studying various aspects of security & Internet technologies. Claire is the author of many papers and reports and 30+ pending and granted US patents.

Panelist: Philip Su

Philip Su is the site director for Facebook’s London engineering office, where he focuses on building the best teams and products for Facebook worldwide. Prior to this role, he built Video Calling and Messages at Facebook. Philip was also an engineering manager at Microsoft on a variety of teams, including Office, Windows, Tablet PC, and Bing. Philip holds dual BS degrees in neurophysiology and computer science from the University of Maryland.

Panelist: Christine Flounders 

Christine Flounders joined Bloomberg as a software developer in 2001 after studying Computer Science at NYU. Over the next few years Christine developed applications for a number of teams in New York and London including Graphics, News and Real Time Analytics. After this she became a team leader and then manager for teams that developed various pricing engines and analytic functions. After having two children Christine is now part of the R&D management team as the London contact and focuses on improving the environment and productivity of London R&D in order to make Bloomberg an awesome place to work.


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