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The Future of IT Innovation – STEM Education Backed by Microsoft

Tuesday, August 24, 2010
11:45 - 1:30

The Future of IT Innovation – STEM Education Backed by Microsoft

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are critical in K-12 curricula. How will the next generation(s) compete in a Global IT economy? Microsoft has taken a leadership role in STEM education by providing programs to teachers and students. Learn about initiatives that are available now to schools and teachers who want to make a difference. For example, DigiGirlz High Tech Camp for girls, provides hands-on experience in workshops. Established in 2000, the program is offered free of charge to high-school aged girls.

About Our Speaker(s)

Linda Routson is currently a Technical Services Manager on the US DOD Services Team at Microsoft Corporation. Linda has been with Microsoft for four years, managing Microsoft support services for the Overseas Navy Networks, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Information networks and the Naval Postgraduate School. Linda came to IT Management from the functional perspective, having spent 23 years in the US Navy in various technical positions, including Department Head of IT Services in major command, Administrator of 3 Local Area Networks in a classified tactical environment, Officer in Charge of overseas web based training program and simulated live intelligence training feeds in electronic classrooms and a learning center. In 2004, she deployed to Afghanistan with the Joint Task Force - 76, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where she installed secure, tactical networks for American and Coalition Forces. Prior to coming into the IT Management arena, Linda flew tactical helicopters for the Navy and spent eight years in the Pacific Theater providing search and rescue support and shipboard mission support.

Linda holds a B.A. degree from California State University at Northridge, and is finishing her Master of Science Information Technology Management degree through National University. She holds certificates in IT Service Management, Satellite Technology Operations, Network Administration, and Database Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

She established and serves as the lead for the San Diego DIGIGIRLZ program, a program that provides free technical and programming camps for high-school aged girls. She was nominated for the 2010 Athena San Diego Pinnacle award for her work in developing and promoting interest among young women in technology education and careers. Her outside interests center on her family and raising two terrific teenagers.

Event Date and Venue

This event will be held from 11:45 - 1:30 on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at:

    Fish and Richardson
    12390 El Camino Real
    San Diego, California 92130

Pre-registration for this event is closed and on-site registrations will not be accepted.

Contact Us

For more info regarding registration or event details, please contact Carey Harrington ([email protected]).

For more details about pre-registration, contact Tech Support.