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Career Talk

July 21, 2020 @ 1:00pm

Prehistoric computing 1960s-1970s

Maria Sughars

This event is only for registered CodeLabs community members.

Ms. Shugars will discuss her experiences in the early days of commercial computing from wiring circuit boards and punching cards to drum storage and 1K memory. She will also discuss what it was like to be one of the few females in a male-dominated field.

About the Speaker

Maria Shugars has over 50 years of experience in the field of Information Technology. Positions she held range from Systems Engineer and Project Manager to Member of Technical Staff, Chief Scientist, and Vice President.

Ms. Shugars domain knowledge ranges from mathematical models to submarine and aircraft command and control systems to artificial intelligence and telemedicine.

Her early training at Bell Telephone Laboratories was influenced by the pioneers in computing who developed numerical science, communication theory, and computer languages. Most of her work supported Federal agencies including the Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Intelligence Community.

Semi-retirement has allowed Ms. Shugars to volunteer her IT skills for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts where she supports the museum’s collection database systems and provides ad hoc applications. Ms. Shugars has a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Wagner College and a M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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