Computer Science Professor Attends Google Conference

Dr. Nelly Cardinale, an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Eastern Florida State College, was invited to attend “The Latinas Think Big™ Innovation Summit” hosted by Google at their Mountain View, CA campus October 3, 2014.

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Dr. Nelly Cardinale in a self-driving
Google car at the Summit.

The objective of the event was to highlight and celebrate Latina leaders and entrepreneurs who work in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields and create a strong education-oriented network between them.

Google describes the one-day Summit as a gathering of a "group of talented Latina innovators — along with a carefully vetted group of innovative leaders, tech entrepreneurs and influencers — to connect, learn and elevate the conversation on Latina innovation."

The Summit included plenary and breakout-sessions, keynote speakers and high-caliber networking opportunities.

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Dr. Cardinale, third from the left, attended
a breakout session covering "Latina STEM
Leadership and Entrepreneurship" case studies.

Dr. Cardinale is a first-generation American born to a family from Puerto Rico. She teaches in the Melbourne Campus Technologies Department.

"I thought it was important to attend the conference and represent Eastern Florida State College as a Latina teaching in the STEM field," said Cardinale, who funded her own trip to the Summit. "Moreover being that Google is a top employer in the technology field and because I teach Computer Science, I also wanted to make some Google contacts and ask questions about working there, so I could relate this information to my students."