Listee Features — Computer Science


Holding considerable expertise in cryptography, information security, hardware and software engineering, and product development, De Ann Pope has excelled as an engineer for over four decades. Over the years, she has regularly provided group facilitations, moderation and training in cyber security and project management related areas. Since 2003, she has found success as the chief scientist and senior program manager of L-3 Communications, now L3 Harris Technologies, where she designs large global computer systems and networks and writes patents for government entities. Prior to her current position, Ms. Pope was the technical director and systems architect for ManTech International Corporation from 2002 to 2004, the director of the information assurance practice of Pragmatics Inc. in 2002, the executive vice president

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Driven to help others, Valerie Alsberry pursued a career in the military. As a contractor for the government, she worked with a budget of between $500,000 and $1 million to ensure people had enough equipment to do their jobs to the best of their abilities. Additionally, Ms. Alsberry guaranteed that they had the right software and liaised with customers, as well as a networking team. Over the years, Ms. Alsberry has also gained valuable expertise in computer analytics through her work with General Dynamics. In pursuit of her career, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in business and computer networking in 1983. She concluded his academic efforts with a Master of Arts in criminal justice in 1985. Although her career

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Dr. Mi Lu is a registered professional engineer, who specializes in educating students at Texas A&M University. In 1987, she joined the faculty at the university as an assistant professor. Through the years, she has moved into roles of an associate professor and professor. At the university, she focuses on training students in computer engineering. Dr. Lu’s research interests include parallel computer, distributed processing, computer architectures, computer networks, computer arithmetic, computational geometry and VLSI algorithms. Dr. Lu became involved in her profession because she came from an engineering family; her father and mother are also both in engineering. One is into hydo-electronic power, which is a very prestigious service. They designed many important projects that are still in use today.

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Choosing to work with numbers because of its simplicity and her enjoyment of it, Doris Keefe Lidtke, PhD, found transitioning into her profession a natural choice. Retired since 2009, she began her professional career as a programmer analyst at Shell Development Co. in Emeryville, California, in 1955, remaining in this role for four years before transferring to the University of California Berkeley from 1960 to 1962. She then switched to education, serving as an assistant professor at Lansing Community College from 1963 to 1968, an education specialist at Johns Hopkins University in 1968 and an assistant professor of computer science at Towson University from 1968 to 1980. The associate program manager at the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 1984 to

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Deborah Lockhart


A persistent problem solver, Deborah A. Lockhart’s day-to-day responsibilities as a computer programmer included taking someone’s idea of what they want it to do and making that happen. She got into the development and designing of the idea, deciding what it has to do and designing how they fit together. There are all sorts of jobs in that process, and Ms. Lockhart has done most of them except sales. She designs programs, tests it and gets it out there in the field. Ms. Lockhart began her professional career as a programmer aid at Ling Temco Vought in Grand Prairie, Texas, in 1966, remaining in this role for two years before becoming a programmer analyst at Trinity University in San Antonio

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Connie Gard


Not wanting to live at home anymore, Connie R. Gard was recruited into the U.S. Navy in 1954, which allowed her to teach computers at a junior college in Santa Rosa, California, where students would come up to her and say that she got them interested in computers. After serving three years, she became the office manager of Anchorage Drug Supply in Alaska from 1963 to 1967. She then served as the assistant operations manager at Sonoma County Data Processing from 1969 to 1995. During this time, she consulted for Chips & Bits Micros in Santa Rosa from 1984 to 2001. When Ms. Gard was working for the county, she didn’t realize it at the time, but she was really

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Minnie Cassell


Volunteering in the office, Minnie M. Cassell has served as the coordinator of the Cure d’Ars Catholic Church since 2010. As its ministries grow, the church, a multi-ethnic community of Catholic Christians rooted in African American spirituality, continues to be a beacon of hope, a sign of the healing and reconciling presence of Christ to all. In addition to this professional role, Ms. Cassell contributes much of her time to her local community. Having served as choir counsel chair and member on the board of directors of the Spirituals Project Choir for over two decades, she was active with the Denver Hospice in 2007 and the Denver Place from 2010 to 2011. She has also participated with the Metropolitan Organizations

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Falling into her profession by chance, Margaret A. Klee has worked as a software engineer at Leidos Innovations since 2016. Leidos provides scientific, engineering, systems integration and technical services. Leidos works extensively with the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Intelligence Community, including the NSA, as well as other U.S. government civil agencies and selected commercial markets. Prior to this role, Ms. Klee began her career as a programmer at Goodyear Atomic Corporation in Piketon, Ohio, in 1982, remaining in this position for two years before moving up the ranks to software engineer from 1984 to 1985. She then transferred to General Dynamics Corporation in Fort Worth, Texas, from 1985 to 1987, also serving

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Kathleen Hodge


Specializing in principle reports and distributed medical software, Kathleen A. Hodge became interested in automation due to her love for mathematics. Since 2012, she has been a reporting analyst for Compulink Health Solutions, previously serving the company as an electronic data interchange supervisor from 2008 to 2012. The company provides specialty-specific medical software that incorporates what clients need to run their practices smoothly. Prior to this role, Ms. Hodge began her career as the executive director of the Feminist Women’s Health Center of Orange County in 1981, remaining in this role for two years before becoming a network administrator for Pacific West from 1986 to 1993. She then worked as a programmer and support technician for Santiago in Newport Beach,

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Hardworking and passionate, Dianne Dillitzer has thrived as a reader/evaluator at Measurement, Inc. She joined the educational assessment services company in 2015 after previously serving in the same role at Pearson from 2009 to 2015 and at Measurement, Inc., from 2004 to 2008 and in 2002. Prior to this, Ms. Dillitzer garnered experience in roles such as computer laboratory assistant at Franklin Middle School, reading development instructional assistant at Hubble Middle School, receptionist and administrative assistant at Dain Bosworth, and administrative assistant at both Dolphin Temporaries and the First Trust Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has also served as a computer laboratory assistant at the College of St. Catherine and a word processing operator at Word Processors Personnel-ADIA and

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