(WTVM) - Dr. Cheryl Swanier, an Associate Professor at Fort Valley State University, is among 11 individuals being recognized at the White House today, July 31, for expanding technology opportunities for young leaders, especially minorities, women, girls, and others from communities historically under-served or underrepresented in tech fields.
According to a White House press release, these champions are inspiring students to become the developers, engineers, and innovators who will create solutions to some of the Nation's toughest challenges.
In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama issued a call to better equip American graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy. The president noted that science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are crucial to America's economic future, and that students with STEM skills will be a driving force towards making the United States competitive, creative, and innovative.
Recognizing that diversity is one of our Nation's greatest strengths, the Administration is committed to ensuring that those graduates reflect the full spectrum of America, contributing their unique perspectives and broadening the talent base in the technology industry.
At the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Fort Valley State University, Swanier conducts research in Human Computer Interaction with an emphasis in visual programming of educational simulations with end user programming and educational gaming technologies.
Swanier is a recipient of the 2013 NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award, and chairs the annual Research Day Program at her institution, which showcases the research of faculty and students.
Swanier also works with outreach initiatives to improve computer science education at all levels, and works with many programs focused on increasing the computing pipeline by getting students interested in STEM disciplines and future technology careers.