Pioneer in Tech Award

The NCWIT Pioneer in Tech Award recognizes technical women whose lifetime contributions have significantly impacted the landscape of technological innovation, amplifying the importance of capitalizing on the diverse perspectives that girls and women can bring to the table. Pioneer in Tech Award recipients also serve as role models whose legacies continue to inspire generations of young women to pursue computing and make history in their own right.

The 2020-21 NCWIT Pioneer in Tech Award is sponsored by Facebook.

Congratulations to Gladys West—the 2021 recipient of the NCWIT Pioneer in Tech Award!

Dr. Gladys West started her career at Naval Proving Ground in Dahlgren, Virginia, now called the Naval Surface Warfare Center, in 1956, and she worked there for 42 years as a mathematician and computer programmer. When she began, she was the second Black woman ever to be hired at the site, and one of only four Black employees total. Inspired by the civil rights movement that was unfolding around her, she countered prejudice within her workplace through hard work and intellectual achievement.

Learn more about Dr. West in this post, and view her remarks from the 2021 vNCWIT Pioneer in Tech Award Celebration online.

Gladys West Photo

Past Pioneer in Tech Award Winners

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