14 UWM Students Attend World’s Largest Computing Conference for Women

Fourteen UWM students took part in the three-day Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, held in Houston this October. The conference has become the world’s largest gathering of women technologists, with attendance reaching 15,000.

IBM CEO Ginni Rometti addresses this year's crowd.

IBM CEO Ginni Rometti addresses this year’s crowd.

“It was wonderful to see that our students’ skills are in high demand, “ says Christine Beimborn, Enquest coordinator and STEM outreach specialist. Beimborn and Christine Cheng, associate professor, computer science, accompanied the students.  “Tech companies were lining up to request resumes from UWM students in computer engineering, computer science and IT and many had on-site interviews for internships and jobs,” she said.

Students also met with alumna Ying Lin (MS Computer Science) who now works for Microsoft.

This is the third year that the trip was fully sponsored by the Anita Borg Institute’s BRAID Initiative. “UWM is fostering diversity in computer sciences in several ways, including through this initiative,” says Beimborn.