Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center – Georgetown, TX

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Dan Garcia

UC Berkeley
Teaching Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
At a time when computing is so much a part of all of our lives, has incredible job opportunities, and is so empowering, most students graduate high school without having had an introduction to computer science. A decade ago in the United States, the CSforALL movement was launched to broaden participation in computing to those traditionally underrepresented. This talk reflects on the current state of that initiative and introduces the "Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)" course, which has received worldwide attention and currently has 65% female enrollment at UC Berkeley, among the highest in the nation.
Dan Garcia (UC Berkeley MS 1995, Ph.D. 2000) is a Teaching Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at UC Berkeley. Selected as an ACM Distinguished Educator in 2012, he has won all four of the department's computer science teaching awards and holds the record for the highest teaching effectiveness ratings (6.7/7) in the history of the department's introductory courses. He is a national leader in the "CSforALL" movement, bringing engaging computer science to students normally underrepresented in the field. Thanks to four National Science Foundation grants, the "Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)" non-majors course he co-developed has been shared with over 500 high school teachers. He is delighted to regularly have more than 50% female enrollment in BJC, with a high mark of 65% in the Spring of 2018, shattering the record at UC Berkeley for an intro computing course, and is among the highest in the nation!