Mary Jane Irwin, Evan Pugh Professor and A. Robert Noll Chair in Engineering in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Pennsylvania State University, is as committed to her research as she is to serving the computer science community, in particular women in the field. Her interests and accomplishments span computer architecture, multicore systems design, and energy-aware design. She has also been active in the Computing Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W), the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, the Board on Army Science and Technology, and the National Academy of Engineering's Membership Policy Committee. She has been deeply involved with ACM as well, co-founding the Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems and serving as an elected member of ACM's Council, as vice president from 1997 to 1998, and as editor-in-chief of ACM's Transactions on the Design Automation of Electronic Systems from 1998 to 2004.
You grew up in Memphis [Tennessee], where your dad was a professor at what was then Memphis State University. What drew you to computer science?
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