UNC computer scientist inducted into Hall of Fame

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 in Science and Technology

A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill computer scientist has been inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame.

A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill computer scientist has been inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame.

Research professor Diane Pozefsky is one of five new inductees into the Hall of Fame, which was established in 1996 to recognize, honor and promote the outstanding contributions women make to scientific and technological communities.

A UNC alumna, she received her Ph.D. in 1979 from the computer science department in the College of Arts and Sciences. She worked for IBM for 25 years before returning to UNC as a faculty member in 2004.

While at IBM, she worked on the design of networking architectures and their product implementations. Her 25 patents earned her the title of IBM Master Inventor in 1996.

“Since coming back to UNC, Diane has been most committed to undergraduate education and to teaching the computer science courses for non-computer science majors — indeed, for students scared of technology,” said Fred Brooks, Kenan Professor of Computer Science and department founder. “Equally valuable has been her teaching of our graduate and undergraduate software engineering laboratory, to which she brings experience no one else on our faculty can touch.”

Pozefsky has won the undergraduate teaching award, voted on by the department’s graduating seniors, three times, most recently in May. She also was instrumental in establishing an internship component and in getting the combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program up and running.

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