Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
Ignatios Vakalis, Ph.D., is a professor of computer science and software engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He began his diversity work as a professor of mathematics and computer science at Capital University in Ohio, where he worked to recruit more women in the field of mathematics. He also co-organized and chaired three international conferences on the teaching of mathematics, with a vision for the conferences to be inclusive and promote gender and ethnic diversity.
Vakalis joined Cal Poly in 2006 and served as chair of the computer science and software engineering department for 10 years. During this time, Vakalis– with the support of his colleagues– developed and implemented a multi-year strategic plan to draw more women to the computer science program at Cal Poly. When he began, females accounted for roughly 9 percent of computer science and software engineering students. By 2017, the number had increased to almost 30 percent.
Ignatios Vakalis, Ph.D., is the recipient of the 2018 Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity and Inclusion. Come to this session to learn how the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, computer science and software engineering professor tripled the number of female computing majors at SLO since joining the faculty in 2006. Vakalis will lead this […]