Networking is an important skill. This session addresses the skills that are needed for networking, a very important component of your professional life. The topics include strategies for finding a community, meeting people in the field, and promoting your research and yourself: the elevator pitch. This session will also address what you should prepare for, learn, and what to do when you attend conferences, workshops, or any technical meeting, including meeting researchers visiting your department.
Colleen Lewis is an Associate Professor of computer science (CS) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Lewis was previously the McGregor-Girand Associate Professor of CS at Harvey Mudd College. At the University of California, Berkeley, Lewis completed a PhD in science and mathematics education, an MS in computer science, and a BS in electrical engineering and computer science. Her research seeks to identify and remove barriers to CS learning and understand and optimize CS learning. Lewis curates CSTeachingTips.org, a NSF-sponsored project for disseminating effective CS teaching practices. Lewis has received the NSF CAREER Award, the NCWIT.org Undergraduate Mentoring Award and the AnitaB.org Emerging Leader Award for her efforts to broaden participation in computing.
Brad Solomon is a Teaching Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He graduated from Northwestern University with a triple major in Computer Science, Molecular Biology and Genomics, and Integrated Sciences; his Ph.D. was in Computational Biology at Carnegie Mellon where he developed algorithms and data structures for scalable storage, search, and analysis of large genomic data collections. At Illinois, he works to develop new pedagogical tools and approaches for scalable teaching and mentorship, for broadening participation in computing, and for improving undergraduate research experiences.