Abie Award Winners, Educational Innovation in Honor of A. Richard Newton

Barbara Ericson

2012 Winner of the A. Richard Newton Educator ABIE Award

Barbara Ericson is the Director of Computing Outreach for the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. She has worked at Georgia Tech to increase the quantity and quality of secondary computing teachers and the quantity and diversity of computing students since 2004. Barbara is also on the executive committee for the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT)’s K-12 Alliance. She has served as a member of the Advanced Placement Computer Science Development Committee and as an AP reader for CS. Barbara has a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Wayne State University. She is an author on four textbooks about Media Computation. Media Computation teaches computing concepts by having students manipulate media: negating the pixels in a picture, reversing a sound, creating movies that blend live action and animation. Barbara and her husband, Dr. Mark Guzdial, were the winners of the 2010 Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Computing Educator Award. She is also an avid equestrian.