Here is a picture of the Champions of Change chosen by the U.S. White House for Computer Science Education. I was selected for my work in the field, which includes creating the Quorum programming language and work for people with disabilities.
For my work on accessibility of computer programming tools for people with disabilities, my team and I, including Melissa Stefik and Jeff Wilson, were honored with the 2011 Java Innovation Award. Above is a picture of all the winners in San Francisco.
I am an assistant professor in computer science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. For the last decade, I have been creating technologies that make it easier for people, including those with disabilities, to write computer software. With grants from the National Science Foundation, I helped establish the first national educational infrastructure for blind or visually impaired students to learn computer science. I am the inventor of Quorum, the first evidence-oriented programming language. The design of Quorum is based on rigorous empirical data from experiments on human behavior. As part of my work, I am a PI on the NSF-funded AccessCS10K grant that is helping CS 10K projects prepare K-12 teachers to be more inclusive in their computing courses with students with disabilities. Finally, I was honored with the 2016 White House Champions of Change award in computer science education.