Ellen Spertus

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Ellen Spertus
Education New Trier High School
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering (1990), master's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (1992), Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (1998)
Occupation Computer scientist, professor
Employer Microsoft, Mills College, Google
Known for App Inventor for Android, leasing a General Motors EV1
Spouse(s) Keith Golden
Awards "Sexiest Geek Alive", 2001

Ellen Spertus is a Professor of Computer Science at Mills College, Oakland, California, United States, and a senior research scientist at Google.[1]

Spertus grew up in Glencoe, Illinois, where she attended New Trier High School.[2] At MIT she received a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering (1990), a master's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (1992), and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (1998).[1][3] She spent several summers between terms working for Microsoft.[2]

Spertus has written articles treating both technical and social subjects, often combining the two. She was profiled in a 1993 New York Times article about "women who might change the face of the computer industry" and in a follow-up article in 2003.[3] In 2001 she was named "The Sexiest Geek Alive".[4][5]

Since January 2009,[1] Spertus has spent her time at Google working on App Inventor for Android, a block based development platform with a graphical user interface that lets developers and amateurs alike create applications for Android.[6] In May 2011, O'Reilly Media published App Inventor, which Spertus co-authored with David Wolber, Hal Abelson, and Liz Looney.[7]

Spertus was a lessee of one of the approximately 1,000 General Motors EV1s.[8] She is married to computer scientist Keith Golden.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Ellen Spertus's CV". Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  2. ^ a b Katie Hafner (1993-08-29). "Woman, Computer Nerd -- and Proud". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  3. ^ a b c Katie Hafner (2003-08-21). "3 Women, 3 Paths, 10 Years On". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  4. ^ Mark Ward (2001-06-21). "Sexiest geek declared". BBC News. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  5. ^ "SGA 2K+1 Articles". Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  6. ^ "App Inventor for Android". Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "App Inventor - O'Reilly Media". Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  8. ^ Katharine Mieszkowski (2002-09-04). "Steal this car!". Salon.com. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 

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