Rada Mihalcea, professor of computer science and engineering, was selected as the Center for the Education of Women’s 2018 Carol Hollenshead Award recipient for her work to increase the pipeline and retention of women in engineering and computer science. Mihalcea has dedicated substantial effort to developing programs that introduce more women to the world of computing and encourage them to pursue graduate studies and research careers in the field. She received her award on October 10 at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.
As the faculty champion for Girls Encoded, Mihalcea helps design and organize numerous programs through the group that develop a pipeline for women to computer science. “We are trying to change the stereotypes,” she said in a Q&A with the U-M Business Engagement Center. “There is so much more to computer science than the general stereotypes out there. This field isn’t only for men and isn’t only about programming; there is so much you can do in terms of changing people’s lives for the better.”