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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's Biography

Harvey Mudd College:"The best undergraduate science and engineering education on the face of the earth, sorry."
Parents' Story:Met during World War II in Scotland
Wished She Was a Boy"If you [wanted] to get Maria to do something you tell her it's not allowed for girls and then I [would] definitely absolutely do that whatever it is."
10 Minutes Early or 10 Minutes Late:Two minutes late

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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