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Women in IT

“My advice: figure out what you’re passionate about. Explore how computing and technology can make a difference in that area. If you are doing what you love, the rest will become that much easier.”
Gail's biography

Gail is a computer scientist, educator, and blogger. She completed her Bachelor and Masters degrees at Carleton University, and is currently on leave from her PhD studies there. Her research currently centers on storytelling in video games. She is currently working as a faculty instructor at Carleton University where she gets to bring her passion for CS education to the classroom. She is heavily involved with outreach and making the field of computer science more attractive for everyone, especially women. She co-founded Carleton’s Women in Science and Engineering group (known as CU-WISE) and is on the Advisory Board for the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. Gail blogs at The Female Perspective of Computer Science. She enjoys practising Tae Kwon Do (where she has a second-degree black belt), weeding her gardens, taking photos, and spending weekends with her husband Andrew and toddler Molly.

Instructor I: I teach computer science classes to undergraduates at Carleton University

The thing that excites me most about computer science is the fact that you can connect it (and apply it) to anything you’re passionate about, thanks to the fact that computers and technology touch every aspect of our lives.

When I was young, my dad used to bring home obsolete computers from work. I used them for creativity purposes for a long time, and eventually wanted to understand how the programs I used work. I took a chance and signed up for computer science at university without any prior programming experience. Obviously, it worked out well!

After our little girl is in bed, we usually mess around on the Internet (sometimes even doing useful things, like working on a MOOC!), and play video games.


Through outreach and professional development activities, research, partnerships, thought leadership and online initiatives, we work with industry and academia to educate on the value of diversity for innovation, to inspire women to thrive and to celebrate the contributions of women in science and engineering.
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