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Irina Calciu

Brown University
GHC Scholarship sponsored by Box

I have always been a rebel. Nobody believed that I could do Math or Computer Science, so I had to prove them wrong. And I am glad that it worked out this way: I love Computer Science and I don’t know what career path I would have taken if I didn’t pursue Computer Science.

I think it is important to be part of a community and the Grace Hopper community is the best I have ever seen. I think this conference is the perfect place to learn new things from more senior women, but also to share experience with the younger women. I love meeting people in different fields of Computer Science that I wouldn’t be able to meet at the technical conferences I attend.

GHC is great to meet peers and make long lasting friendships, but it is also great to meet mentors and network with professionals. I am very happy I got to meet and talk to Justin Rattner, the former CTO of Intel. I admire his deep technical expertise, as well as his support for students just beginning their careers. I think attending GHC at least once in your career is a necessity for any woman pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in CS.

Irina Calciu is a PhD candidate at Brown University working with Maurice Herlihy (Brown University) and Justin Gottschlich (Intel Labs). Irina’s research focuses on designing algorithms that leverage new architectural features of modern hardware to enable more software parallelism. In particular, she is interested in hybrid transactional memory algorithms and in NUMA-aware data structures. Irina obtained her B.Sc in Computer Science from Jacobs University Bremen (Germany), during which she pursued a semester abroad at Carnegie Mellon University. She received a M.Sc. in Computer Science from Brown in 2011.