James Geller, computer science professor and associate dean of research at the Ying Wu College of Computing, served on a panel at the Richard Tapia Conference, an annual celebration of diversity in computing.
Tapia is a mathematician and professor in the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University in Houston. He is internationally known for his research in the computational and mathematical sciences and is a national leader in education and outreach.
“I was blown away by Dr. Tapia's keynote presentation on his career, his struggles, his amazing successes, his terrible setbacks and his resilience,” said Geller.
Professor Geller along with an adjunct professor and eight female students from NJIT, attended the conference, where he discussed the Building, Recruiting and Inclusion for Diversity (BRAID) initiative, a project that addresses the underrepresentation of minority students studying computer science.
Nearly 1000 undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers and professionals attended the conference.
“In a time of struggle, of cynicism, and of frightening news on almost a daily basis, I came home with a feeling of hope,” said Geller. “There are still good people.”