Program 2019

  • Friday, April 12, 2019

    1:00pm-6:00pm Registration

    2:00pm-4:00pm Workshops:

    • Who? Me? Understanding Implicit Bias: A Workshop for Changing the Gender Equity Equation by Sandie Han, Chair of Mathematics Department, New York City College of Technology Urmi Ghosh-Dastidar, Professor of Mathematics/Director of Computer Science, New York City College of Technology Janet Liou-Mark, Professor of Mathematics, New York City College of Technology Diana Samaroo, Chair of Chemistry Department, New York City College of Technology Suhua Zeng, Adjunct Professor of Mathematics, New York City College of Technology
    • Introduction to Processing by Chiara Shah Emma Willard School
    • Resume Critique

    4:00pm-5:30pm Poster session

    5:30pm-6:45pm Dinner with Table Topics

    6:30pm-7:30pm Welcome and Keynote Speaker Dr. Jane L. Snowdon and Unconference Voting

    7:30pm-8:00pm Tinkering with Treats

    8:15pm-9:15pm Breakout Sessions

    • Panel Session: My job is so Cool
    • Virtual Mindfulness: Using Virtual Reality to Induce a State of Mindfulness by Kristen Raye, Annie Reynoldse, Khushboo Panchale, Caglar Yildirime, Tara O’Grady SUNY Oswego
    • Ethical Machine Learning: Identifying and Removing Unfairness Caused by Biased Data by Pablo Riva Marist College
    • Makerspaces in PK-12 School Libraries: A Preliminary Analysis by Shannon Mersand University at Albany SUNY
    • What do you get when you ask for help online? A test of optimal match theory of social support on an online drug recovery forum by Bahareh Ansari University at Albany, SUNY

     9:30pm-10:15pm Breakout Sessions

    • Panel Session: Life after college
    • Hey! What’s Your Story? by Cathy Parker University at Albany, SUNY
    • Thinking in Kubernetes by Mark Abrams Rancher Labs
    • Computer Guided ACLS by Asel Ismailova Schenectady County Community College
    • Implementing Bayesian Optimization on Tensegrity Robots by Aikaterini Petridou Union College
    • Collaborative Assistive Humanoid Robots by Dr. Mohammad Azhar BMCC, The City University of New York

    10:30pm-12am Fun Night

    Saturday, April 13, 2019

    7:30am-9:30am Breakfast and Keynote Speaker Dr. Nicki Washington

    9:30am-10:30am Museum tour (Weather Depending)


    10:30am-11:30am Breakout Sessions:

    • Panel Session: Grad School and Research Careers
    • Panel Session: Male Allies
    • Ready, Set, Go! ACM-Women Chapter Establishing and Running Birds of a Feather session by Bowu Zhang, School of Computer Science and Mathematics, Marist College Cynthia Worrad, School of Computer Science and Mathematics, Marist College
    • Makerspace as an avenue for computer science talent development by Shannon Mersand, University at Albany
    • A Quantum Leap: The Mathematics of Quantum Mechanics by Ana Maria Delgado, Undergraduate, Physics, New York City College of Technology (CUNY) and Satyanand Singh, Mentor, Prof. of Mathematics, New York City College of Technology (CUNY)

    11:45am-12:45pm Unconference Sessions

    1:00pm-2:00pm Lunch Buffet, Closing & Awards

    2:00-3:30pm Career Fair

    Our Breakfast Keynote:

    Dare to Be Dope: The Fear and Fulfillment in Following Uncertain Paths

    Pursuing anything new can be challenging and uncomfortable, especially as one of the few (if not the only) women. However, taking these risks in spite of the circumstances can often lead to unimagined opportunities and connections. In this talk, Dr. Nicki Washington discusses her path to computing and shares strategies for overcoming the “fear of the unknown” to successfully chart one’s unique path in this ever-growing field that’s still in dire need of diversity.


    Dr. Nicki Washington is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at Winthrop University and author of Unapologetically Dope: Lessons for Black Women and Girls on Surviving and Thriving in the Tech Field. She previously spent nine years at Howard University as the first Black female faculty member in the Department of Computer Science. Her research on culturally relevant pedagogy and curriculum to increase the participation and retention of underrepresented students in computer science includes partnerships with organizations such as Google, Exploring Computer Science,, Washington, DC Public Schools, and the South Carolina Board of Education to create K-12 local, state, and national computer science standards and programs. She has also been a featured writer, speaker, and interviewee for USA Today College, The Root/VerySmartBrothas, The Atlantic,, Bennett College for Women, Google, The DC STEM Summit, the National Coalition for Women in Information Technology, and the National Society of Black Engineers. She received her B.S. in computer science from Johnson C. Smith University (2000) and M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from North Carolina State University (2002, 2005), becoming the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. in computer science from the university. She is a native of Durham, NC.

    Our Dinner Keynote:

    Dr. Jane L. Snowdon is Associate Chief Health Officer for IBM Watson Health.  She is responsible for managing global efforts to advance research evaluation studies and building a study portfolio for Watson Health cognitive solutions.  Prior to this role, Jane served as Director, IBM Watson Health Partnerships, where she led strategic partnerships and drove collaborative research and development of innovative healthcare solutions with U.S. State, Federal and international governments. Previously, Jane was Chief Innovation Officer, IBM Federal and served as Director of the IBM Federal Cloud Innovation Center in Washington DC. She co-chaired the Cyber Security Education and Workforce Development Working Group with NIST and the Department of Homeland Security and was a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Council on Technology and Innovation. 

    Jane was a Senior Manager in the Department of Strategy and Worldwide Technical Operations at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center where she was responsible for jointly leading the directions of IBM’s overall Research strategy across twelve global labs and the 2013 Global Technology Outlook. Jane has spent much of her 35-year career at IBM Research developing novel mathematical models, algorithms, and business applications in the manufacturing, travel & transportation, energy & utilities, and government industries.  Jane received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a M.S. degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a B.S. degree in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.  

    Jane has served as the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Advisory Board Chair, College of Engineering Advisory Board Member, and Georgia Tech Advisory Board Member advising the President. She is a former Advisory Board member of the Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at George Mason University, CUNY Institute for Software Design and Development, Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology Medical Division at Stony Brook University, and the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Penn State. She is a recognized thought leader who frequently speaks on the future of information technology at conferences and universities.  Jane has published more than sixty articles in mathematics, computer science, and engineering literature.  She is a Senior Member of IIE and IEEE, and a Member of ACT-IAC, AFCEA, AMIA, CASE, INFORMS, NYAS, SWE, WIT, and WITI. 

    Dr. Jane Snowdon