Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing (OCWIC) will be held on Feburary 16-17, 2007 at the Deer Creek Resort and Conference Center, located near Mt. Sterling, Ohio.  Attendees will be women majoring in computing fields and enrolled in universities and colleges from all over Ohio.

The OCWIC Planning Committee is pleased to announce that the OCWIC2007 keynote speaker will be Dell CIO, Susan Sheskey
  Ms Sheskey is a Miami University alumna, who has worked for Dell for over 13 years. Before being named Chief Information Officer, Sheskey served as vice president of information technology for Dell's Americas region in which capacity she was responsible for the development, deployment and support of Dell Global Sales, Services, Manufacturing and Fulfillment Systems. She was one of the chief business sponsors of a call center system known as the Integrated Dell Desktop (IDD), which gives sales agents a single view of their customers. In her spare time, she serves on the Austin Food Bank´s board of directors.
Read more about Ms Sheskey
Friday - Feb 16th, 2007
3:00 - 4:00 pm Registration and Snacks
  • 3:30-4:00 Coffee House
4:00 - 4:15 Welcome (ballroom)
4:15 - 5:45

Parallel Panels
Session A - Different Careers, One Institution [Details] [Slide]
  • Bettina Bair (Ohio State University), Moderator
  • Eva Bradshaw (Ohio State University)
  • Rebecca Andre (Ohio State University)
  • Fusun Ozganer (Ohio State University)
Session B - Internship Experiences [Details]
  • Julie Barnes (Bowling Green State University), Moderator
  • Kelsey Shannahan (Bowling Green State University)
  • Ocean Celestino (Bowling Green State University)
  • Sarah Kainec (Bowling Green State University)
  • Shannon Steinfadt (Kent State University)
5:45 - 6:45 Featured Speaker
  • Jeannine Abele - CIO, GE Aviation [bio]
Strategies for success in an IT career

An overview of how a person can build and manage a successful career in IT - starting with student life, how to choose the right company to work for, Early Career and Career Advancement in IT. [Slide]
7:00 - 8:30 Dinner - Sponsors Recognition
Research Posters
  • Sijia Wang (Ohio State University): Snogard's Tale [abstract]
  • Carol A. McKee (Ohio State University): Bridging the Gap: Encouraging High School Students Toward Careers in Technology [abstract]
  • Shannon I. Steinfadt (Kent State University): Massively Parallel Programming in the Bioinformatics Domain [abstract]
  • Ilsa O. Bolano (Ohio State University): The Gidget Pipeline Project Database [abstract]
  • Louise M. Popio (Youngstown State University): Women in Computing: An Investigation in to the Reasons for Low Female Enrollment in the YSU CSIS Department [abstract]
  • Sijia Wang (Ohio State University): Pointer Error Logging: Towards an Improved Pedagogy for Teaching Pointers in C++ [abstract]
  • Sandra P. Mooney (Franklin University): Analysis of Users Issues with E-Commerce Sites in the Web Shopping Environment [abstract]
9:00 - 12:00 BOFs and other activities
Saturday - Feb 17th, 2007
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 - 10:15 Keynote Speaker
  • Susan Sheskey - CIO, Dell Computer
From Information to Innovation: The Evolving Role of the CIO

During her more than 30 years in information technology, Dell CIO Susan Sheskey has seen the discipline of IT evolve from mere "data processing" to a level of synergy between IT and the business that is unprecedented - an interdependence that enables and drives virtually every aspect of business innovation today. Susan will reflect on the role of today's CIO as a true change agent for new paradigms of business/IT partnership and discuss the shift from "chief information officer" to "chief innovation officer" in the global business environment. [Slide]
10:15 - 10:45 Break - Corporate Sponsor Expo
10:45 - 12:45 pm

Parallel Sessions
Session A - Career Panel [Details]
  • Rodi Tountcheva (GE)
  • Robert Burnett (GE)
  • Erin Klayman (GE)
  • Diem Le (GE)
  • Regis Rogers (GE)
  • Megan Bessick (Progressive Insurance)
  • Paul Heller (JPMorgan Chase)
  • Megan Savage (JPMorgan Chase)
Session B - Technical Papers
  • Karen C. Davis (University of Cincinnati): Developing Computing Outreach Activities [abstract[Slide]
  • Jennifer L. Sader (Bowling Green State University): Women Graduate Students in Computer Science: What They Say about Themselves and the Field [abstract[Slide]
  • Valerie V. Cross (Miami University): Ontology research at Miami University [abstract[Slide]
  • Yi Sun (Miami University): Querying with Terminological Ontologies and Their Annotations [abstract[Slide]
12:45 - 2:00 Lunch
2:00 - 2:30 Wrap-Up

  • Poster presenters will be given the opportunity to give a 5 minute presentation.
  • Paper presenters will speak for 15 - 20 minutes, 5 minutes for questions.
  • Each panelist speaks for 5 - 10 minutes, moderator manages questions discussion with audience.
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