Princeton Dean Becomes First Woman Head of Harvey Mudd College

Princeton Dean Becomes First Woman Head of Harvey Mudd College 


      A Princeton University dean known for her research in computer science has been chosen as the first woman president of Harvey Mudd College, the school announced this week.

      Maria Klawe will take over on July 1. She will be the fifth president of the 50-year-old liberal arts college of engineering, science and mathematics. She succeeds Jon C. Strauss, who is retiring.

      Klawe is dean of Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

      Klawe’s research has emphasized the use of software to teach mathematics, reading and science. She helped design “Phoenix Quest,” an adventure game to teach mathematics to girls, the college said.

      She also has “a strong research record in theoretical computer science and discrete mathematics, especially in algorithms and data structures,” according to the school.

      Klawe holds a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Alberta, Canada. She began her tenure at Princeton in January 2003.

      Prior to that, she held academic positions at the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto and Oakland University.

      She also worked for eight years at IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose as a research scientist and then a manager.

— Associated Press

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