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Jeannette M. Wing – Computational Thinking and Thinking About Computing

Computational thinking will be a fundamental skill used by everyone in the world. To reading, writing, and arithmetic, lets add computational thinking to every childs analytical ability. Computational thinking is an approach to solving problems, building systems, and understanding human behavior that draws on the power and limits of computing. While computational thinking has already begun to influence many disciplines, from the sciences to the humanities, the best is yet to come.Looking to the future, we can anticipate even more profound impact of computational thinking on science, technology, and society: on the ways new discoveries will be made, innovation will occur, and cultures will evolve.


Dr. Jeannette Wing is the Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate at the National Science Foundation. In this post, Wing guides and manages $527 million in funding for research in computer and information science and engineering. She received her S.B. and S.M. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1979 and her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science in 1983, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 2004-2007, she was Head of the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon. Wing is currently on leave from CMU where she is the Presidents Professor of Computer Science.


Professor Wing was or is on the editorial board of twelve journals. She has been a member of many advisory boards, including: the Networking and Information Technology (NITRD) Technical Advisory Group to the Presidents Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), the National Academies of Sciences Computer Science and, Telecommunications Board, ACM Council, the DARPA Information Science and Technology (ISAT) Board, NSFs CISE Advisory Committee, Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board, the Intel Research Pittsburgh’s Advisory Board, and the Sloan Research Fellowships Program Committee. She is a member of AAAS, ACM, IEEE, Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi, and Eta Kappa Nu. Jeannette Wing is an AAAS Fellow, ACM Fellow, and IEEE Fellow.


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