Conference Addresses Decline of Women in Computer Science

UMKC and Northwest Missouri State
professors seek solutions from peers

 KANSAS CITY, MO. – Professors from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Northwest Missouri State University are working together to address a troubling trend: the nationwide decline in women entering the computer science industry.

UMKC School of Computing and Engineering retired Associate Teaching Professor Judy Mullins and Northwest Missouri State University Associate Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems Carol Spradling will co-chair the Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas Women in Computing (MINKWIC) conference.  The conference is Oct. 18-19 at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, Kansas City, Mo.

This regional meeting will bring together students, faculty and technology leaders from across the four states to discuss the role of women in today’s computing and technology fields, share experiences and strategies for success, and explore issues common to women in these fields.

Keynote speaker Nora Denzel, a recently-retired technical executive, will present on “The most popular ways technical women shoot themselves in the foot in their careers.” Sarah Granger, an award-winning innovator in digital media, will present on “Empowerment in the digital age.”

Representatives from Microsoft, NetApp, Perceptive Software, Cerner, Garmin, Monsanto, American Century, KCP&L, Commerce Bank, NASA and Silpada Designs will speak at the event, and students can present their research and areas of study. Career and college fairs are scheduled as well. View the conference schedule here.

About the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering
Located in one of the nation’s largest engineering communities, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Computing and Engineering is Kansas City’s only university with ABET-accredited engineering, computer science and information technology degree programs.
SCE’s internationally-recognized faculty prepare students for today’s competitive job market by providing a curriculum that includes the latest technology and business trends, as well as a comprehensive education in each field’s theory and fundamental practice. Our classes also build bridges to the professional world by partnering with local companies, organizations and engineers. To learn more about SCE, visit

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City
The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.  For more information about UMKC, visit  You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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