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UTEP Professor Wins Prestigious Borg Institute Social Impact Award


Dr. Ann Quiroz Gates
Dr. Ann Quiroz Gates
 
The University of Texas at El Paso and the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI) announced today the winner of this year’s Anita Borg Social Impact Award. The award honors an individual or team that has caused technology to have a positive impact on the lives of women and society or has caused women to have a significant impact on the design and use of technology.

The 2010 award winner is Ann Quiroz Gates, Ph.D. Gates is the associate vice president of research in the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects at UTEP and a professor of computer science. She is the founder of the Computing Alliance for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI) at UTEP, a program that strives to increase the number of Hispanics who pursue and complete baccalaureate and advanced degrees in computing areas, as well as create a unified voice in an effort to consolidate the strengths, resources and concerns of other participating CAHSI institutions.

“Through strong collaborations with over 30 corporations, nonprofits and institutions, CAHSI is successfully broadening participation in computing by recruiting, retaining and advancing Hispanics in the field, and it expects to extend its impact even more as new institutions join the alliance,” Gates said.

Gates’ leadership is making a significant social impact by increasing the number of Latinos and Latinas graduating from college and seeking graduate studies in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

“I am honored and truly humbled to have received the Anita Borg Social Impact Award,” Gates said. “There are many people who deserve to be recognized alongside of meā€”people who have shared the vision of empowering others to excel.”

Gates will be honored at an awards ceremony on Sept. 30 during the 10th Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Anita Borg Institute provides resources and programs to help industry, academia and government recruit, retain and develop women leaders in high-tech fields, resulting in higher levels of technological innovation. Its programs serve high-tech women by creating a community and providing tools to help them develop their careers.

Originally posted on News @ UTEP.