New Computer Lab for Stern College for Women

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Computer Science Department Will Get a New Collaboration Lab

Stern College for Women has received a major grant from the Selma T. and Jacques H. Mitrani Foundation to renovate a space on the Israel Henry Beren Campus into a computer science collaboration lab. Once completed, students in the Stern College computer science program will have a dedicated space to work on coding, creating and collaborating.

“The Mitrani Foundation has been a cherished partner of Stern College for Women,” said Dr. Karen Bacon, The Mordechai D. Katz and Dr. Monique C. Katz Dean of Undergraduate Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “Their prior investments have literally reshaped the College, and this grant will now enable the women studying computer science to become leaders in the field, not only technically but also in keeping with the ethos of Yeshiva University.”

The lab will consist of two rooms equipped with the latest in equipment and spatial design, such as projectable glass walls for presentations; a 3D printer, Arduino processors, and other fabrication tools; and pivoting walls that will create larger spaces for events such as hackathons. The expected completion date for the lab is the Spring 2019 semester.

Rendering of the Mitrani Lab

The new Stern College computer science program has about 30 computer science majors with many additional students minoring in the field. Recent Stern College graduates have been able to land jobs in firms such as Google, Facebook, UBS, JP Morgan and others, and current students also do internships with these companies. Stern CS students have won scholarships and recognition in the field, faculty expertise covers the newest innovations, curriculum is constantly updated to keep pace with technological changes and periodic hackathons match coding skills to creative ideas.

“Students in other majors have long enjoyed facilities at Stern College to create and collaborate within their respective disciplines,” said Prof. Alan Broder, clinical professor and chair of computer science. “This grant acknowledges the exceptional progress that the computer science program has made since its inception, and we’re very grateful to the Foundation for its vote of confidence in what we are doing.”

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Crucial Expansion for the Stern College Computer Science Program

New York State Assemblymember Dan Quart pledged $250,000 to expand the digital lab at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women. The grant will allow for the digital lab to be doubled in size and signals significant advances in the computer science program. Students and alumni joined Dan Quart today to announce the grant, and students taught Dan Quart’s team how to code.

Quart represents the 73rd Assembly District, which includes the future computer science lab on the school’s midtown campus. Recent Stern College graduates have landed jobs—and current students internships—in firms such as Google, Facebook, UBS, and JP Morgan, among others. Stern College computer science students have won scholarships and recognition in the field, faculty expertise covers the newest innovations, curriculum is constantly updated to keep pace with technological changes and periodic hackathons match coding skills to creative ideas.

“An investment in Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women is an investment in the future. Our economy is changing quickly, and by funding computer science programs, we are building a skilled workforce ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow,” said Assemblymember Dan Quart. “There is no doubt in my mind that these young women will emerge as the next generation of leaders in innovation and technology.”

Assemblymember Dan Quart gets a lesson in coding from Zoe Abboudi ’20S

Assemblymember Dan Quart gets a lesson in coding from Zoe Abboudi ’20S

Once completed, students in the Stern College computer science program will have a dedicated space to work on coding, creating and collaborating. The lab will consist of three rooms equipped with the latest in equipment and spatial design, such as magnetic projectable writable glass walls for presentations and brainstorming; a 3D printer, Arduino processors, and other fabrication tools; and pivoting walls that will create larger spaces for events such as hackathons.

“As a Stern College alumna, I am so excited about the new lab and the continuing growth of the computer science program. Having the digital lab facilities will give students more opportunities for learning that enable them to secure great internships and jobs after graduation,” said Riva Tropp ’17S, currently employed at Google.

“Assemblymember Quart’s commitment to our community and to women and science will truly impact the role of future leaders. This grant will now enable the women studying computer science to become leaders in the field, not only technically but in keeping with the ethos of Yeshiva University,” said Dr. Karen Bacon, The Mordechai D. Katz and Dr. Monique C. Katz Dean of Undergraduate Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Members of the Stern College computer science program with Assemblymember Dan Quart

Members of the Stern College computer science program with Assemblymember Dan Quart (fifth from left)