Jean Bartik, Software Pioneer, Dies at 86

Ever find it hard to remember how things (technologically speaking) were when we were young(er)?

I found myself yesterday with my younger sister, being amazed because she had never seen, and of course never used a typewriter.

So every now and then it’s nice to look back, and remember, and thank all those who have played an important role to get the rest of us started in this great field.

Jean Jennings Bartik, one of the first computer programmers and a pioneering forerunner in a technology that came to be known as software, died on March 23 at a nursing home in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She was 86.

Ms. Bartik was the last surviving member of the group of women who programmed the Eniac, or Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, which is credited as the first all-electronic digital computer.

On behalf of the ACM at UTEP, we thank her for her pioneering work, and we praise her for being one of the first brave women who ventured into what we now call software engineering.

You can find more about her and other pioneers at the New York Times site: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/08/business/08bartik.html?_r=1

Tech Sector Hiring Is Hot Again as Google, Twitter, Etc., Grow

Hello ACM members. Yet again, here is another article that paints a bright future for technology professionals!

From an excerpt of the March 30, 2011 edition of ACM TechNews, referring to a USA Today article, here it is, technology in the news again:

USA Today (03/30/11) Jon Swartz

Technology companies are in the midst of a hiring frenzy that has not been seen since the Internet bubble 10 years ago. Large corporations and startups are recruiting computer engineers, social media experts, data analysts, Web site and product designers, and managers, offering perks such as iPads, shuttle service, and meals. The surge in tech hires could be an indicator of things to come for the U.S. economy as a whole, says Monster.com’s Jesse Harriott. Nationally, 148,000 technology jobs are expected to be added by the end of 2011, says Moody’s Analytics economist Sophia Koropeckyj. California added nearly 100,000 jobs in February, reducing the state’s jobless rate from 12.4 percent to 12.2 percent, according to a recent California Economic Development Department report. Across the United States, tech job listings rose about 30 percent in March and February, according to Craigslist. “It is an incredibly competitive marketplace for (tech) talent,” says Square’s Keith Rabois.

Interesting? Read the original full article here: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2011-03-29-technology-jobs_N.htm

Volunteering Opportunities: TSA Contest

Hello Fellow Volunteers!!

The TSA Regional Contest is currently underway and they need college students to judge several events. We are looking for volunteers to judge the Graphic Solutions portion on Wednesday evening from 6pm to 9pm. In addition they need judges for the NQE Projects on Thursday during the day from 10:30am to 1:00pm. The contest is being held at Burges High School and food will be provided both days. Attached is a schedule for the contest and below are the directions to Burgess High School from the UTEP campus. If you would like to volunteer please respond to this email with your name and phone number. Thank you in advance for all of your time and effort!

500 W University Ave
El Paso, TX 79902
1. Head southwest on W University Ave toward Wiggins Way
0.2 mi
2. Turn left at Sun Bowl Dr
0.2 mi
3. Take the 1st right onto W Schuster Ave
0.1 mi
4. Take the ramp onto I-10 E
7.3 mi
5. Take exit 25 toward Airway Blvd/El Paso Airport
0.1 mi
6. Merge onto Gateway Blvd E
0.1 mi
7. Turn left at Airway Blvd
0.5 mi
8. Turn right at Edgemere Blvd

Destination will be on the right
0.6 mi
7800 Edgemere Blvd
El Paso, TX 79925

 

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) awards young girls from local high schools for their achievements and interests in computing. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing has been awarded at both the local (“affiliate”) level as well as at the National level.

 

NCWIT

This fall is UTEP’s Computer Science Department’s second year sponsoring the affiliate award for the El Paso/Las Cruces region. In its first year sponsoring the award UTEP was able to reach about 20 girls and this year another 23 girls from schools in different school districts in El Paso such as Fabens Independent School District, Socorro Independent School District, and Ysleta School District, as well as a few New Mexico High Schools.

Winners will be announced on December 1st, 2010 and invited to the affiliate level awards ceremony in early February 2011. We would like to thank all those professors and students who helped out throughout the process this event has taken, from announcing the award by visiting or contacting local high schools, to revising the applications, and planning the affiliate awards ceremony. For more information you are welcome to visit the award page at:

http://www.ncwit.org/work.awards.aspiration.html

 

 

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