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Top Trends in Tech Speaker Series 2013 Presented by the Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences       and The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine
Maria Klawe
Donald Bren Hall 6011
President — Harvey Mudd College
A renowned computer scientist and scholar, Klawe is the first woman to lead Harvey Mudd College since its founding in 1955.
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A renowned computer scientist and scholar, Maria Klawe is the first woman to lead Harvey Mudd College (HMC) since its founding in 1955. Prior to joining HMC in 2006, she served as dean of engineering and professor of computer science at Princeton University. During her time at Princeton, Klawe led the School of Engineering and Applied Science through a strategic planning exercise that created an exciting and widely embraced vision for the school. At Harvey Mudd College, she led a similarly ambitious strategic planning initiative, “HMC 2020: Envisioning the Future.”

Klawe joined Princeton from the University of British Columbia where she served as dean of science from 1998 to 2002, vice president of student and academic services from 1995 to 1998, and head of the Department of Computer Science from 1988 to 1995. Prior to UBC, Klawe spent eight years with IBM Research in California, and two years at the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. (1977) and B.Sc. (1973) in mathematics from the University of Alberta.

Klawe has made significant research contributions in several areas of mathematics and computer science, including functional analysis, discrete mathematics, theoretical computer science, human-computer interaction, gender issues in information technology, and interactive-multimedia for mathematics education. Her current research focuses on discrete mathematics.

Klawe is one of the 10 members of the board of Microsoft Corporation, a board member of Broadcom Corporation and the nonprofit Math for America, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a trustee for the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, and a member of both the Stanford Engineering Advisory Council and the Advisory Council for the Computer Science Teachers Association. She was elected as a fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery in 1996 and as a founding fellow of the Canadian Information Processing Society in 2006.

Fred Wilson
Managing Partner — Union Square Ventures
Wilson has been a venture capitalist since 1987. Union Square Ventures’ notable investments include Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare and Zynga.
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Fred Wilson has been a venture capitalist since 1987. He currently is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures and also founded Flatiron Partners. Union Square Ventures has invested in Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare and Zynga, among other Internet companies.

Wilson publishes a blog called “AVC: musings of a VC in NYC” ( He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from MIT and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Thornton May
Futurist, Executive Director and Dean — IT Leadership Academy
The editors at eWeek have included May on their list of Top 100 Most Influential People in IT, while the editors at Fast Company have labeled him “one of the top 50 brains in business.”
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Thornton May is a futurist, educator and author. His extensive experience researching and consulting on the role and behaviors of “C” level executives in creating value with information technology has won him an unquestioned place on the short list of serious thinkers on this topic. May combines a scholar’s patience for empirical research, a stand-up comic’s capacity for pattern recognition, and a second-to-none gift for storytelling to address the information technology management problems facing executives. The editors at eWeek have included May on their list of Top 100 Most Influential People in IT. The editors at Fast Company labeled him “one of the top 50 brains in business.”

May has established a reputation for innovation in time-compressed, collaborative problem solving. He designs the curriculum that enables the mental models that allow organizations to outperform competitors, delight customers and extract maximum value from tools and suppliers. He serves as Executive Director and Dean at the IT Leadership Academy in Jacksonville, Florida; Futurist - External Technology Advisory Board at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering; and Co-founder of the CIO Solutions Gallery at the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University.

A columnist for Computerworld, May’s insights have appeared in numerous publications, including the Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and Business Week. He wrote the book “The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics.”

May obtained his bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from Dartmouth College, his master’s degree in Industrial Administration from Carnegie-Mellon University, and developed his Japanese language competence at the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan and Keio University in Japan.


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