Maria Klawe, President, Harvey Mudd College
**Maria Klawe** became the fifth president of Harvey Mudd College on
July 1, 2006. Prior to joining HMC, she served as dean of engineering
and professor of computer science at Princeton University. During her
time at Princeton, Maria 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
is leading a similarly ambitious strategic planning initiative known as
"HMC 2020: Envisioning the Future."
Maria 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, Maria 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.
Maria 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 the development
and use of multi-modal applications to assist people with aphasia and
other cognitive impairments.