Pass-It-On Awards Program: Pass-It-On Awards Review Committee
Promita Bose (Present Chair), Software Engineer at Emory University Human Genetics Department
Promita is a Bioinformatics developer/analyst. She graduated from the Technical University of Munich , Bavaria, Germany with a post graduate degree in Mathematics in Biosciences. Subsequently she persisted with researching the compact coding of protein folds with a Delaunay triangulation based Pseudo Kernel for constant size representation of protein structure suitable for machine learning and databases. Promita also received a second Master’s degree from Georgia State University in Computer Science. Promita joined Systers in 2010 after attending Grace Hopper Celebration in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been an active member in local Atlanta Systers meetup and recently joined the review committee in August 2012.
Kristi Potter (Past Chair), Research Scientist, University of Utah
Kristi is a research scientist at the University of Utah, working in the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute. Her current research is focused on methods for improving visualization techniques by adding qualitative information. This work includes researching statistical measures of uncertainty, error, and confidence levels, and translating the semantic meaning of these measures into visual metaphors. She received her PhD in 2010 and MS in 2003 from Utah, and her BS in 2000 from the University of Oregon in computer science and fine art. She joined Systers in 2005 and the awards review committee in 2008. She is the PIO Committee Chair for 2011.
Christine Marton, Instructor, University of Toronto
Christine is a sessional instructor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Information (Toronto, Canada) where she teaches online information retrieval. Christine has degrees in health sciences, science education, and information science. She has worked extensively in the health care, academic (university) and education (secondary school) sectors, in several roles – teacher, administrator, and researcher. She completed her doctorate. Her thesis topic was, “How women seek health information on the Web.” Christine joined the awards review committee in 2008 and served as the PIO Committee Chair for 2010.
Leslie Hawthorn, Community Action & Impact, Red Hat
Leslie is currently leading Community Action & Impact at Red Hat. Working directly under CTO office helping community building, outreach, education and gain new contributors. Leslie has been instrumental in the Systers community. She was Community manager for Systers Google Summer of Code (GSOC) mentor and Google Highly Open Participation Contest (now Google Code In) for high school students. She is also been involved in open source since 2006. Leslie is an advisor for Humanitarian FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) project as well as board member and community development committee chair for Sahana Software Foundation. As a member of the editorial board for Open Source Business Resource, she provides strategic direction for themes for monthly issues. Leslie is also one of several Systers who initiated Open Source Day at Grace Hopper Celebration and continue to manage this initiative for Grace Hopper annually. Leslie is a longtime and engaging Syster and join the review committee as Future Chair for PIO awards.
Winifred Menezes, Software Engineer
Winifred grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, started her professional career in Information Technology in Sweden where she lived for 24 years, and now lives in Ontario, Canada but works all over the world. As a software engineer, Winifred has worked with software design and development, systems analysis, and project management. Currently she works with process improvement based on models like the CMMI, ISO 9000, and Six Sigma concepts. With over 30 years experience in software engineering, software process improvement and training, Winifred feels that there are many opportunities for women in the IT field. She joined Systers in 1995 and the awards review committee in 2008.
Priscilla Oppenheimer, Architecture Consulting Engineer
Priscilla Oppenheimer is a full-time contractor for Cisco Systems where she works as an Architecture Consulting Engineer, helping systems engineers design and implement large-scale computer networks. Priscilla earned her master’s degree in Information Science from the University of Michigan in 1980. After many years as a software developer, she became a technical instructor and course developer and traveled around the United States, Asia, and Europe to teach more than 3000 network engineers from Fortune 500 companies. Priscilla is the author or co-author of five books on computer networking, including the best-selling “Top-Down Network Design, 3rd ed.,” Cisco Press, 2010. Priscilla has been an active member of Systers since 2007.
Esther Schindler, Computer Industry Journalist
A long-time technology evangelist and community instigator, Esther Schindler has been in the computer press since 1992, writing for magazines ranging from CIO and Computerworld to InformIT and ITWorld. These days, she’s editor in chief for multiple tech-related content marketing sites, writing market research analyst reports, co-author of the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Twitter Marketing, and works earnestly to sneak in a reference to chocolate in each of them. Esther owned a computer store, optimized compilers, taught corporate classes about operating system internals, and designed QA tests for Lotus Development (back when 1-2-3 ruled the earth). She joined Systers sometime in the 1990s and has been the PIO awards committee since 2009.
M. Rita Thissen, Research Computing Division, RTI International
Rita has extensive experience with social science and clinical data management and currently works in development and management of survey research computing systems. With a MS in CS from the University of Kansas, she designs, develops, and maintains databases, interactive applications and unattended processes. She manages a department of about 30 computing professionals, directs data processing projects for federal clients and serves as a senior system administrator for RTI’s call center. She has been with RTI since 1995. Rita joined Systers in 1997 and the awards review committee in 2006.
Jessica McKellar, Software Engineer and Founder Boston Python Workshop
Jessica is a Linux kernel engineer from Cambridge, MA. She is a Python Software Foundation board member and an organizer for the largest Python user group in the world. With that group she runs the Boston Python Workshops for women and their friends — an introductory programming pipeline that has brought hundreds of women into the local Python community and is being replicated in cities across the US. Jessica is a veteran open source contributor and a maintainer for several open source projects, including OpenHatch and the Twisted event-driven networking engine. Jessica was a Spring 2012 recipient of the Systers Pass-It-On award winner and joined the review committee this round. It is her way of giving back to a community that supported her through community engagement and PIO award.