WACM is the University of Wisconsin-Madison's student chapter of ACM-W, ACM's Women in Computing. We provide social, educational and outreach activities for women in the Computer Sciences department, in the university, and in the surrounding community.
Please see the Officers page for contact information.
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UW Alum (graduated in 2008), professor Natalie Enright Jerger will meet WACM on Monday, Nov 25 at 11:00 AM-11:45 AM. She is an assistant professor at University of Toronto.
Join us to hear her stories on her career path, experiences at UW, and a lot more discussions.
The meeting will be in CS 5331. We will provide some snacks.
Are you interested in robots? Are you worried that they may be planning to revolt and overthrow humanity? Come learn about recent research involving robots from PhD students Allison Terrell and Irene Rae. There will be both robots and cookies at the event!
Monday, November 4 at 6:00pm in CS 1221.
This event is co-organized by WACM mentoring program and Computer Architecture Seminars. The speaker will be Professor Martha Kim from Columbia University.
We will meet Professor Kim for lunch on Tuesday, October 29th. She will present her work briefly for us. We will have informal discussion with her during lunch. She will present her work in more details at 4:00 pm in CS 1221 on that day.
More information is available on the WACM mailing list.
Monday, October 21, 5:00PM in 1221 CS
Panelists from Google, Liberty Mutual Insurance, and Epic
Our panelists will talk about how to prepare for coding questions, how to talk about your experience and course projects, and what non-technical questions to expect. Afterwards, we'll open the floor for questions.
Lisa Henry, Liberty Mutual
Lisa Henry, Director of Enterprise Technology Services Application Delivery for Liberty Mutual Insurance, manages a team of seventy employees located in Seattle, WA, Wausau WI, Dover, NH, Portsmouth NH, and Boston, MA. She is responsible for enterprise B2B services, internal IT applications, environment Monitoring Tools and HR Administration.
Before joining Liberty in 2005, Lisa was the Communications Manager for Hannaford Supermarkets Company located in Scarborough Maine. She has held multiple positions throughout her career including Industrial Engineer, Project Manager, and Application Development Manager.
Lisa graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and her MBA from Rivier College.
Drew McCombs, Epic
My name is Drew McCombs and I'm a software developer and team leader at Epic. I graduated from Michigan State University in 2006 and have primarily been working in the healthcare setting developing solution in for Epic's electronic medical record software. I'm experienced in developing large projects, managing applications and teams and have been leading the implementation of agile practices on my most recent team. I'm also involved in the interview process at Epic demoing our software and conducting technical interviews.
Molly Stiffler, Epic
My name is Molly Stiffler and I'm a recruiter working in the human resources department at Epic. I graduated from UW-Madison in 2011 with a degree in Journalism (Strategic Communication) and Sociology. I am also coordinating all recruiting efforts at UW-Madison this fall campus season. I have hired for a variety of positions here at Epic - including quality assurance, technical communications, project management, technical services, e-learning training, software development, and clinical informatics.
Florentina Popovici, Google
Florentina Popovici currently works at Google, where she focuses on distributed systems. She received her doctorate from the Computer Sciences Department at University of Wisconsin-Madison under the direction of Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau and Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau. One of her fond memories from those times is setting a Datamation world sort record, which will never be claimed by anybody else. She is a two-time winner of the IBM PhD fellowship award. She enjoys the analysis, design, and implementation of large scale distributed storage systems. At Google she worked on the Google File System, and currently she analyzes and helps design distributed systems for availability and performance.
Our annual fall breakfast at Bluephies will be on Saturday, October 19. The Microsoft Jim Gray Systems Lab is generously sponsoring breakfast. More details are available on the mailing list!
Are you taking your first Linux-based course this semester (such as 354 or 367)? Or do you need a quick refresher? At our talk, we'll cover things like:
* Command line basics: ls, cd, mv, cp, rm, tab completion, etc...
* Man pages
* CSL-specific features:
*Backups (and recovering lost files)
*Directory structure and quotas
*Your personal web page
* Profile (setting environmental variables)
* Text editors: vi and emacs
* Compilation: javac, gcc, g++
* ssh (or: how to work from home)
Wednesday, September 11, 5:30-6:30pm in 1221 CS
Thursday, September 19, 5:30-6:30pm in 1221 CS
Note: Both sessions are identical. Attend only one.
Here's the handout from this event.
Please join us for the first event of the WACM Mentoring Program Speaker Series, Fall 2013. This event is sponsored by Microsoft.
The speaker will be Jennifer Beckmann, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft and a UW CS alum. We will have a discussion about her work and experiences on Monday 16 September 2013 at 6:00 pm in CS 2310. This discussion will provide a great opportunity to ask Jennifer questions about her experiences in our department and in industry.
WACM will be having a potluck dinner to welcome our new graduate women on Thursday, September 12th at 6pm. New graduate students need not to bring anything to the dinner; please just come and meet the other women in the department! Everyone else, please bring a dish to share. More details available on the mailing list.
We'll be hosting a few activities at the beginning of the academic year, including our annual fall breakfast at Bluephies. Check back soon for more information.
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