NCWIT Pioneer in Tech Award

The NCWIT Pioneer in Tech Award recognizes technical women whose lifetime contributions have significantly impacted the landscape of technological innovation, amplifying the importance of capitalizing on the diverse perspectives that girls and women can bring to the table. Pioneer in Tech Award recipients also serve as role models whose legacies continue to inspire generations of young women to pursue computing and make history in their own right.

Congratulations to the 2017 winner of the NCWIT Pioneer in Tech Award — Barbara Liskov!

Barbara Liskov became one of the first women in the U.S. to get a PhD from a computer science department and has led a noteworthy career. She is currently an Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research interests, such as distributed and parallel systems, programming methodology, and programming languages, have contributed to the foundation for programming languages like Java and out-of-the-box servers like Google. In 2008, Barbara received the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Turing Award, often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of computing.” She was also inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2012.


Past Pioneer in Tech Award winners include computer scientist and programmer Jean E. Sammet who is best-known for her work on FORMAC, mathematicians Patricia Palombo and Lucy Simon Rakov who worked on NASA's Project Mercury at a time when computing was in its infancy, IBM's Eleanor Kolchin, NASA Mathematicians Katherine Johnson for her critical space flight trajectories and Dr. Christine Darden for her expertise in the areas of the sonic boom, as well as Cynthia Solomon for her development of Apple Logo.