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MAA Member Maria Klawe Inaugurated as Fifth President of Harvey Mudd College


Maria Klawe was inaugurated as the first woman President of Harvey Mudd College on February 2, 2007. For the past three years, Klawe was the dean of Princeton University's School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Previously, Dr. Klawe was at the University of British Columbia where she held posts including dean of science, vice president of student and academic services, and head of the Department of Computer Science. Maria's rich career also includes eight years with IBM Research in California. She received her Ph.D. and B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Alberta

Maria has made significant research contributions in several areas of mathematics and computer science. She was the founder and director of the Electronic Games for Education in Math and Science, a project which explores the use of computer games in enhancing mathematics education for grades 4 through 9 and studies the effect of gender in technology-based learning environments, and made seminal developments in educational software.

Maria is a fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery, chair of the Board of Trustees of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, and a trustee of the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics in Los Angeles and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley. She is a member of the Mathematical Association of America, the American Mathematical Society, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the Association for Women in Mathematics and the Canadian Mathematical Association. She has received many awards for her research in science and mathematics and for her efforts to encourage women to pursue careers in science and engineering.

Harvey Mudd College is a liberal arts college focusing on engineering, science and mathematics education founded in 1955 as one of the The Claremont Colleges in Claremont, Calif. In 2006, the Department of Mathematics received the AMS Award for an Exemplary Program in Achievement in a Mathematics Department.

News Date: 
Thursday, February 1, 2007