July 2022 Newsletter
July 28, 2022
CompuGirls Hawaii Summer 2022 Event Recap
Throughout the summer, CompuGirls Hawaii hosted Learn, Lead and Lunch (LLL) events for past CompuGirls participants, students and teachers interested in cybersecurity, information technology (IT) and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). These LLL events provided students and teachers the opportunity to learn about the opportunities throughout the state and meet with leaders currently working in STEM fields.
Whitney Aragaki, DOD STEM Ambassador, met with CompuGirls Hawaii students and teachers for LLL events on the following islands:
CompuGirls students and teachers visited the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) and the Maui High Performance Computing Center (MHPCC). Tiare Martin, executive director of MHPCC; Dr. Robyn Garner, project manager of the Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawaii; and Leslie Wilkins, president and CEO of MEDB; guided participants on a tour through MHPCC and shared about supercomputing and the long standing history of Maui's role in the technological advancement for Hawaii and the U.S.
University of Hawaii's (UH) Information Technology Center and the East-West Center welcomed students and teachers on the UH campus to learn about protecting data sources and physical measures of protection. Participants also had the opportunity to sit down with Suzy Vares-Lum, president of East-West Center; Jodi Ito, chief information security officer of UH; and Connie Lau, retired president and CEO of Hawaiian Electric Industries. Also in attendance was Esther Chan, participant of CompuGirls Hawaii and recipient of the 2022 Prudential Emerging Visionary for her program "Cyber Safe Seniors".
- Students and teachers on Hawaii island toured the ʻImiloa Astronomy Center. Liz Chock, software engineer for Keck Observatory; Laurie Rousseau-Nepton, astronomer for the Canada–France–Hawaii Telescope (CFHT); and Heather Flewelling, astronomer for CFHT shared how computer science and cybersecurity have an impact on astronomy, giving back to the community and the ethics of science.
CompuGirls Hawaii participants had the opportunity to visit the Pacific Missile Range Facility starting with a windshield tour of the Daniel K. Inouye Range Operation Control Complex, Aircraft Hangar, Kauai Test Facility and visiting the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex. PMRF's Carleen Pimentel, range operations manager, Eileen Conaty, senior radar engineer; and Jessica Behnke, environmental lead; shared from their perspective roles how computer science and cybersecurity play a significant role in military operations and at PMRF.
2022 CompuGirls Hawaii Summit
To bring together participants of the LLL events to one culminating event, CompuGirls Hawaii participants, students and teachers with the interest of cybersecurity, IT and STEM were brought together again at the 2022 CompuGirls Hawaii Summit at the Entrepreneur's Sandbox in Kakaako.
More than 80 students, teachers and staff representing the islands of Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, Molokai and Oahu attended the summit. The event began with opening remarks from Whitney Aragaki, DOD STEM Ambassador, followed by Dr. Kim Scott, founding executive director of the Arizona State University Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology. Attendees heard from a panel of mana wahine in IT representing federal and private sectors which included:
- Yumi Hasegawa, SalesForce consultant at Pacific Point
- Christine Ramos, software engineer at DataHouse
- Christine Lanning, CEO of IST Technologies; and
- Leeanne Walker, branch chief of plans & exercises at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (J2 Intel)
Students and teachers also had the opportunity to attend the following hands-on and informational sessions:
- Analysis of a Phish led by Bailey Borengasser from the University of Hawaii;
- Anatomy of a Computer led by Melvin Quemado from the University of Hawaii;
- Ethics & Basic Cyber Hygiene led by Manda Tong from the University of Hawaii
- Internships 101 led by Leslie Wilkins, MEDB; and
- Preparation for Post-Secondary led by Grant Toyooka & Harmony Paz from the Hawaii Department of Education (Leilehua Complex)
CompuGirls Hawaii aims to provide opportunities to students in communities traditionally underrepresented in STEM, to cybersecurity and IT as a field of study and a viable career path through activities and events much like this. Mahalo nui loa to all for their support in making these events possible!
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