June 19, 2013

Honor recognizes national impact on increased diversity in STEM education and careers

BOULDER, COLO. (June 19, 2013) – The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is pleased to announce that its CEO, Lucy Sanders, will be among five leaders honored today with the U.S. News STEM Leadership Hall of Fame Awards.

Ms. Sanders co-founded NCWIT in 2004 to significantly increase women’s meaningful participation in technology and computing. NCWIT helps companies, academic institutions, and K-12 organizations more effectively recruit and retain girls and women to technology and computing fields. The 501(c)(3) is housed within the University of Colorado at Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science and has brought more than 13 million dollars in National Science Foundation grants to the University.

Prior to leading NCWIT, Ms. Sanders held R&D and executive positions at AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent, and Avaya, where she received the Bell Labs Fellow Award and co-authored six patents. She has served on the Information Technology Research and Development Ecosystem Commission for the National Academies and the U.S. Commerce Department's Innovation Advisory Board.

Ms. Sanders will be honored in a special awards ceremony at the U.S. News STEM Solutions 2013 National Conference, on Wednesday, June 19, from 12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. The STEM Solutions conference brings together more than two thousand educators, scientists, executives, nonprofit leaders, and government officials to focus on improving STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and workforce development across the United States.

In addition to Ms. Sanders, the U.S. News STEM Leadership Hall of Fame is honoring Dan Arvizu, Ph.D., Director and Chief Executive, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Chairman, National Science Board; Sylvia Earle, Ph.D., Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society; Irwin M. Jacobs, Sc.D., Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus, Qualcomm; and Charles M. Vest, Ph.D., President, National Academy of Engineering; President Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“All of these award winners have not only been pioneers in their own disciplines but also have helped lead the national effort to better prepare students and workers in the STEM fields,” said U.S. News Editor Brian Kelly.


NCWIT is a non-profit organization of organizations working to increase women’s participation in computing and technology. NCWIT helps its members more effectively recruit, retain, and advance girls and women in K-12 through college education, and from academic to corporate and startup careers. NCWIT members include more than 450 leading universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide. Find out more at