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

Christine Alvarado

2013 Winner of the A. Richard Newton Educator ABIE Award 

Dr. Christine Alvarado, Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, spearheaded the implementation and institutionalized the practices that changed the culture within the Harvey Mudd College Computer Science Department and lead to dramatic increases in the participation of women studying and pursuing careers in the field of computing.  That culture led to a nation-leading rate of participation-over 40% of HMC computer science majors are women–that has been sustained since the incoming class of 2008.  The results of this program are outstanding, sustainable, and clearly serve as a model of what universities could be doing.