She has been referred to as the “first programmer” and the “prophet of the computer age.” She described herself as a “poetic scientist,” as she examined how individuals and society relate to technology as a collaborative tool. And nearly two centuries after her groundbreaking work on the first computer algorithm, she is still heralded around the world.
On Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m., Hofstra University will celebrate Ada Lovelace Day in the Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, South Campus. Named for the 19th century English computational programming pioneer, Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“It is important for Hofstra University to be a part of the worldwide celebration of Ada Lovelace Day on October 14, because Hofstra students can benefit by learning about the important role women have played in the history of computers,” commented event faculty organizer Elizabeth Scott, professor of computer science in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
The Hofstra Cultural Center event will feature Dr. Rebecca Wright, director, Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, Rutgers University, and a professor in the Rutgers Computer Science Department. Dr. Wright’s research focuses on information security, including cryptography, privacy, foundations of computer security and fault-tolerant distributed computing, as well as foundations of networking.
This event is sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center and School of Engineering and Applied Science. For more information, please contact the Cultural Center at (516) 463-5669 or visit hofstra.edu/culture.