July 23, 2012


Boulder, Colo. – July 23, 2012 – The Computing Research Association (CRA) will present the 2012 A. Nico Habermann Award to the three founders of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) this evening at the CRA 40th anniversary Conference at Snowbird in Snowbird, Utah.

NCWIT is a national community of more than 300 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase the participation of women in technology and computing. Its founders are Lucy Sanders, CEO of NCWIT; Robert Schnabel, Dean of the Indiana University School of Informatics; and Telle Whitney, CEO and President of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.

The A. Nico Habermann Award recognizes the success of NCWIT’s founders in creating a sustainable, national resource for improving the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in the field. The award honors the late A. Nico Habermann, a champion for women and minorities in computing who headed the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation.

NCWIT was founded in 2004 to unite programs, people, and organizations – both across the country and across the education and workforce pipeline – focused on increasing the participation of girls and women in computing and technology. In founding NCWIT, Ms. Sanders, Mr. Schnabel, and Ms. Whitney united the efforts of key stakeholders such as universities, Fortune 500 companies, K-12 education organizations, startups, and non-profits. They created a platform for identifying and sharing effective strategies for outreach, recruitment, and advancement; built an infrastructure for distributing free resources to a broad audience; and created a community for change leaders to seek and provide encouragement, advice, and cooperation.

NCWIT’s impact can be seen in the increased enrollment of women within the computing and IT departments of its Academic Alliance members, the demand for more than 400,000 copies of its research-backed resources, and the nearly 1,000 high school women who have received awards, scholarships, and support through the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.


NCWIT is a 501(c)(3) working to increase the participation of girls and women in technology and computing. NCWIT believes that greater diversity in computing will create a larger and more competitive workforce, and foster the design of technology that is as broad and innovative as the population it serves. Find out more at



Jenny Slade