Mary Jane Irwin, the A. Robert Noll chair of Engineering in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Penn State, was named the 2010-11 Athena Lecturer by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Council on Women in Computing.
Irwin is being honored for her work in computer-aided design (CAD), computer arithmetic and computer architecture. She designed computer structures that are used in laptops to improve the performance of image and speech applications. She also developed techniques to automate CAD activities, which have been assimilated by the CAD industry.
She received her bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Memphis University, and both her master of science and doctoral degrees in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a fellow and former vice president of ACM.
Irwin will receive her award at the ACM Annual Awards Banquet on June 26 in San Francisco. The award was established to honor women who have made fundamental contributions to computer science.