About Us

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Mission

We work at the intersection of academia and industry to propel women and underrepresented communities into computing degrees and tech careers.

Through curriculum innovation, career access, and community building, our goal is to achieve gender equality in tech.

Our Team

We’re a cross-institutional, agile team, working to support large numbers of curious and self-motivated young women as they explore academic and career opportunities in computing fields, and we are especially committed to serving Black, Latina, and Indigenous women.

We love to collaborate with tech leaders in all fields. Whether you’re a large corporation, a startup, a nonprofit, in government, or in academia, we want to partner with you.

We’re hoping to inspire future change makers—the next generation of top talent, the companies that value diversity, and the public institutions that support innovation.

Break Through Tech DC Leadership

Huzefa Rangwala,

Huzefa Rangwala

he/him
Break Through Tech DC Site Lead at Mason; Professor of Computer Science & Lawrence Cranberg Research Faculty Fellow
Shvetha Soundararajan

Shvetha Soundararajan

she/her
Break Through Tech DC Co-Site Lead at Mason; Term Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Kate Atchison

Kate Atchison

she/her
Break Through Tech DC Co-Site Lead at UMD; Assistant Director of the Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing (I4C)
Jan Plane

Jan Plane

she/her
Break Through Tech DC Academic Lead at UMD; Director of the Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing (I4C) and Principal Lecturer of Computer Science

Additional Members of the Break Through Tech DC at Mason Team

Sanjeev Setia

Sanjeev Setia

he/him
Break Through Tech DC Administrative Lead and Divisional Dean School of Computing
David Rosenblum

David Rosenblum

he/him
Break Through Tech DC Academic Co-lead and Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science
Ozlem Uzuner

Ozlem Uzuner

she/her
Break Through DC Academic Co-Lead and Interim Chair, Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
Mark Snyder

Mark Snyder

he/him
Term Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Computer Science
Shahnaz Kamberi

Shahnaz Kamberi

she/her
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Liza Durant

Liza Wilson Durant

she/her
Associate Provost, Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement and Professor and Associate Dean
Kammy Sanghera

Kammy Sanghera

she/her
Interim Executive Director Institute for Digital Innovation

Additional Members of the Break Through Tech DC at UMD Team

Vedat Diker

Vedat Diker

he/him
Principal Lecturer & Program Director, iSchool
Roger Eastman photo

Roger Eastman

he/him
Director of Immersive Media Design and Professor of Practice, Computer Science
Mike Hicks

Michael Hicks

he/him
Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies & Professor, Department of Computer Science

Robert Infantino

he/him
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
Kate Izsak

Kate Izsak

she/her
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, iSchool
Maria Johnson

Maria Johnson

she/her
Director of Corporate Partnership Development, Computer Science and the institute for Advanced Computer Studies
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Bill Kules

he/him
Director of the iConsultancy and Principal Lecturer, iSchool
David Mount

David Mount

he/him
Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies & Professor, Department of Computer Science
Ron Padron

Ron Padrón

he/him
Interim Director of Undergraduate Operations, iSchool
Caitlin Rudy

Caitlin Rudy

she/her
Break Through Tech DC Career Access Lead
Veronica Sanchez

Veronica Sanchez

she/her
Retention Coordinator, Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing (I4C)