Clayton State University senior Christina Gardner (Peachtree City) was offered a computer science major’s dream internship for the summer of 2011 as a full-time employee at United Services Automobile Association’s (USAA) world headquarters in San Antonio, Tex., thanks to the networking and opportunities available through the Grace Hopper conference in Atlanta.
Gardner worked in the internal operations department and was assigned to the automation and orchestration team. She was responsible for writing a software application that will alleviate memory management issues that is currently responsible for errors that span the cloud servers. She also designed the architecture of a generic caching interface and worked the entire life cycle of the software engineering process.
Gardner will also be attending the Fall 2012 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, thanks to a $17,000 Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU) grant by the Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W). The grant includes academic year and summer stipends for students, conference travel expenses, and additional funds to attend the upcoming Hopper Conference.
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing honors Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, a mathematician, computer science pioneer, social scientist, systems designer, programmer and rear admiral in the United States Navy. These events invite thousands of women together to celebrate the contributions of women in computing, to present research and to have an opportunity to network with other women in the field and are designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. The fall 2010 conference was held in Atlanta, with Clayton State Professor Mary Hudachek-Buswell serving as the local chair.