Abie Award Winners, Social Impact

Ann Quiroz Gates

2010 Winner of the Social Impact ABIE Award

Dr. Ann Quiroz Gates is the Associate Vice President of Research and Sponsored Projects at the University of Texas at El Paso and past chair of the Computer Science Department. Her research areas are software property elicitation and specification, and workflow-driven ontologies.

Gates directs the NSF-funded Cyber-ShARE Center that focuses on developing and sharing resources through cyber-infrastructure to advance research and education in science. She was a founding member of the NSF Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure, and she served on the Board of Governors of IEEE-Computer Society 2004-2009. Gates leads the Computing Alliance for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI), an NSF-funded consortium that is focused on the recruitment, retention, and advancement of Hispanics in computing and is a founding member of the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT), a national network to advance participation of women in IT.

Gates received the 2009 Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science, and Diversifying Computing and was named to Hispanic Business magazine’s 100 Influential Hispanics in 2006 for her work on the Affinity Research Group model that focuses on development of undergraduate students involved in research. She received her Ph.D. from New Mexico State University in 1994.