Episode 11: Dr. Maria Klawe, President, Harvey Mudd College

September 18, 2017

Best of the WWEST welcomes Dr. Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. Danniele chats with Maria in this minisode about how she ended up in a STEM field, her most memorable moments as a former chairholder of WWEST at UBC from 1997-2003, and how one can successfully balance a demanding career and family obligations.

Guest: Dr. Maria Klawe (Twitter, website)

Dr. Maria Klawe joined Harvey Mudd from Princeton University after serving 14 years at the University of British Columbia. Prior to UBC, Dr. Klawe spent eight years with IBM Research in California and two years at the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. (1977) and BSc (1973) in mathematics from the University of Alberta.

Dr. Klawe is a renowned lecturer and has given talks at international conferences, national symposia, and colleges across the U.S. and Canada about diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines and industries, gender and gaming, and lessons from her own career in STEM industry and education. She recently spoke at the President's Dream Colloquium on Women in Technology (hosted by WWEST chair Dr. Lesley Shannon) at Simon Fraser University on the topic of increasing participation of women in computing.

A full transcription of this episode can be found here.



Hosted by: Danniele Livengood (@livengood)
Theme Music: “Positive and Fun” by Scott Holmes
Produced by: Vanessa Reich-Shackelford