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Cal Poly Engineering Women ‘Go Big’


Posted: December 8, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 8, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Cristina Formaini, far right, with several members of White Hat, Cal Poly's cyber security club. The other computer science students are, from the left, Nicole Giusti, Camarillo; Savannah Smith, San Luis Obispo; and Jessie Pease, Elk Grove. Courtesy photo

Cal Poly went big - 32 students strong - at the recent Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. The world’s largest gathering of women in technology, the conference challenged attendees to “Think Big, Drive Forward.”

Cristina Formaini of Stevenson Ranch, a junior, was among the students representing Cal Poly.

Most of the students are members of the Cal Poly chapter of Women Involved in Software and Hardware, a mentoring program that pairs female students with industry professionals.

Cal Poly brought the largest cohort of students from a public undergraduate university. Students represented a cross-section of majors, including computer engineering, computer science and software engineering disciplines.

The school’s strong presence at the conference reflects efforts undertaken by the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department and led by Associate Professor Zoë Wood to increase the number of women in computing fields.

Faculty members Wood and Julie Workman, a computer science lecturer, co-presented a workshop on computational art at the conference.


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