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Women computer science students present at statewide conference

Kaitor Kposowa and Adrienne Cornwall | Mar 11, 2013

Women computer science students present at statewide conference

Kaitor Kposowa and Adrienne Cornwall | Mar 11, 2013

Two computer science students from Ohio University's Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology presented their current research interests at the 2013 Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing at the Mohican Lodge and Conference Center in Perrysville, Feb. 22-23.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for young women in computing to be inspired and mentored by successful senior women in the field as well as to network and learn from each other,” said Cindy Marling, associate professor of computer science, who accompanied the group of seven student attendees along with EECS instructor Andrea DeMott.

Women majoring in computing fields from universities and colleges all over Ohio attended, as well as women leaders in business, industry and academia.

Marling said the two OHIO students had well-received presentations. Nattada Nimsuwan, a graduate student in computer science, presented ongoing diabetes research at Ohio University's SmartHealth lab.

Nimsuwan discussed the lab's 4 Diabetes Support System, or 4DSS, which uses specialized software to help patients with Type 1 diabetes manage their blood glucose. Researchers at the lab are also investigating how they can use the machine to predict blood glucose levels to anticipate and hopefully avoid dangerous glucose control problems.

Qing Zhu, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science, presented a poster on a research question in her field, developing educational mobile applications.

In addition to her poster presentation, Zhu said she was inspired by the women featured in the presentations and panels, many of whom are parents of young children like she is.

“They had the same experience as me. When they were pursuing their Ph.Ds, they had families,” she said. “But now they are very successful, either as professors in universities or in industry. The life is kind of crazy, but they did it. This is very encouraging.”

In addition to technical presentations, the conference features a job fair, career development workshops, keynote speakers and networking opportunities.
Elita McKever, a junior in computer science, said the conference meant a lot more than she had expected.

“I have better insight now about the expectations of higher education, research, and industry,” McKever said. “It helped me feel refreshed and gave me the confidence boost I need as a student.”