Diversity Milestones

Year

Event

1876

Elizabeth Bragg graduates from Berkeley as a Civil Engineer, the first woman graduate

1894

Julia Morgan graduates from the College of Mechanics

1900-1940

In 40 years, only 2 women earn engineering degrees

1940-1950

With the onset of World War II, thirteen women receive engineering degrees from Berkeley

1950-1960

Fourteen women graduate with engineering degrees from Berkeley

1969

Kawthar Zaki earns the first doctorate in Electrical Engineering, now Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland

1971

Susan Graham appointed Assistant Professor of Computer Science (which was in L&S)

1976

Susan Graham promoted to Associate Professor of Computer Science with tenure

1977

WICSE is founded by graduate students in Computer Science, including Paula Hawthorn, Diane McEntyre, Barbara Simons, Mary Ann Niemat, Susan Eggers, Deborah Estrin

1978

"Working in Engineering and Computer Science: A Conference for Women" attracts 800 women and launches a Berkeley women's program in engineering

1980

"Options in Engineering: A Conference for Women Students" sponsored by WICSE, College of Engineering, and Women's Center

1982

"Options in Engineering and Science: A Conference for Women Students" sponsored by WICSE, SWE, College of Engineering

1983

Computer Science Reentry Program established at Berkeley in the Computer Science Division

1985

Professor Mildred Dresselhaus, Dr. Ruth Davis appointed Regents' Professors in EECS

1986

Dr. Jeanne Ferrante, IBM Watson Research Center, appointed NSF Visiting Professor in CS

1987

Professor Mary Lou Soffa, University of Pittsburgh, NSF Visiting Professor in CS

1987

WICSE Tenth Anniversary Conference and Celebration "The First Decade: The Next Decade," Professor Mildred Dresselhaus, MIT, Keynote Speaker

1988

Professor Avideh Zakhor appointed in EE

1991

WICSE "Forum on Women in Academia"

1992

Professor Katherine Yelick appointed in CS

1992

Association of Undergraduate Women in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (AUWICSEE) founded in EECS by women undergraduates; office space allocated in Cory Hall

1993

"Women in Engineering Conference at Berkeley" sponsored by WICSE, Intel Foundation, EECS Department, College of Engineering, and attracts 300 participants

1993

Shafi Goldwasser wins her first Godel Prize

1994

CS Reentry Program celebrates first decade

1994

EECS Faculty pass the Parent Policy allowing graduate student parents to modify their academic program

1994

Berkeley EECS sends 12 women to Grace Murray Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Washington, D.C.

1995

Dr. Ljiljana Trajkovic and Dr. Anita Flynn appointed as Visiting Faculty in Electrical Engineering; Women's Display Case in Cory Hall remodeled

1996

Professors Constance Chang-Hasnain and Tsu-Jae King appointed to EE

1996

CS Re-entry Program phased out because of Proposition 209

1996

Shafi Goldwasser wins Gracy Murray Hopper Award

1997

WICSE 20th Anniversary, November 14, 1997

1998-2000

Dr. Barbara Simons (Ph.D. '81) President, Association of Computing Machinery

1999

Six EECS women grads attend CRA-W Career Mentoring Workshop, Atlanta, GA

1999

Dr. Janice Hudgings, EE, wins Optical Society Prize, named Professor at Mount Holyoke

1999

Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Residence Hall opens its doors to undergraduate women

1999

Dr. Sheila Humphreys wins A Nico HAbermann Award of CRA

2000

Berkeley sends 15 women to Grace Murray Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Cape Cod, MA

2000-2001

Distinguished Women speak at EECS Colloquium:

Professor Deborah Estrin, UCLA

Professor Francine Berman, UCSD

Professor Susan Eggers, University of Washington

Professor Mary Gray Baker, Stanford University

Professor Barbara Liskov, MIT

Professor Valerie Taylor, Northwestern University

2001

Shafi Goldwasser wins her second Godel Prize

2002

EECS Diversity Programs win 2002 WEPAN Women in Engineering Program Award (WIEP)

2002

Professor Maria Klawe (Princeton) speaks to WICSE as Regent's Professor

2002

Professor Barbara Grosz (Harvard) visits EECS as McKay Professor of CS

2002

Grace Hopper Conference: 23 EECS Students attend; grads present a Panel Discussion of women's issues, Vancouver, Canada

2002

Professor Valerie Taylor wins COE's Outstanding Young Leader Award

2003

Professor Dawn Tilbury wins COE Outstanding Young Leader Award

2003

Professor Belle Wei named Dean of Engineering, San Jose State University

2003

Wicse celebrates 25th Anniversary Celebration, UC Berkeley

2004

Professor Ruzena Bajcsy named CRA Distinguished Professor

2005

Professor Margo Seltzer named Harvard College Professor and Asoc. Dean for Computer Science ; Prof. Barbara Grosz asked by Pres. Lawrence Summers to lead Task Force on Women and Science

2005

Dr. Barbara Simons first woman to receive UCB College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award

2007

Dawn Song appointed Assistant Professor of CS

2007

17 Berkeley students and Prof. Susan Graham attend Hopper Conference, Orlando Florida

2008

WICSE celebrates 30th Anniversary

2008

Frances Allen, 2006 Turing Award Winner, is EECS Regents' Lecturer

2008

Bin Yu takes joint faculty appointment in EE (joined Statistics faculty in 1993)

2011

Sylvia Ratnasamy joins CS faculty, Ana Claudia Arias joins EE faculty

2012

Laura Waller and Alexandra von Meier join EE faculty

2012

Dr. Sheila Humphreys wins the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)

2012

Shafi Goldwasser wins the ACM Turing Award

2015

Raluca Ada Popa joins CS faculty, Gireeja Ranade joins EE faculty

2016

Anca Dragan joins CS faculty, Rikky Muller joins EE faculty

2017

Somayeh Sojoudi joins EE faculty

2018

Shafi Goldwasse and, Jennifer Listgarten join CS faculty. Goldwasser is also named director of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing