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Maria Klawe

President, Harvey Mudd College

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A tomboy and math junkie, Maria Klawe grew up as an outcast among her peers. But as she made her way through her career as a computer scientist and eventually first female president of Harvey Mudd College, she discovered how being an "odd duck" herself set an example of diversity and different perspectives among her employees and students.
Maria Klawe the fifth president of Harvey Mudd College.  A renowned mathematician, computer scientist and scholar, Klawe is the first woman to lead the College since its 1955 founding. Prior to joining Harvey Mudd College, she served as dean of engineering and professor of computer science at Princeton University. Klawe is passionate about making science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) accessible to diverse groups and in her tenure at Harvey Mudd her initiatives raised the percentage of women majoring in computer science from ten percent to forty percent.  

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My Father's Son
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Girls and STEM
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PCs, Games and Boys
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IBM to Canada
In this MAKERS interview, Maria Klawe talks about going from IBM and its progressive outlook on gender diversity to University of British Columbia, which had never had a a female science faculty member. 

Princeton Dean of Engineering
When Shirley Tilghman, president of Princeton University, hired Maria Klawe as Dean of Engineering, there had already been push-back to the increasing number of women in leadership roles. With a simple meet-and-greet, Klawe easily proved that she was the right one for the job.

Big Problems, Broad Solutions
In this MAKERS interview, Harvey Mudd President Maria Klawe talks about the importance of broad perspectives when it comes to solving the biggest problems.