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Internet2 Announces Four Gender Diversity Award Winners

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 by Angela Stark
Tags: 2015 Global Summit, Frontpage News, Gender Diversity Award, Gender Diversity Initiative, Higher Education

Women IT professionals from across the U.S. receive scholarship to attend Internet2 Global Summit event in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2015—Internet2 today announced it has given four Gender Diversity Awards to women IT professionals ahead of its annual meeting, the Internet2 Global Summit, taking place this week in Washington, D.C. This year’s winners are: Heather (Heath) Davis, University of Iowa; Angel Male, Rochester Institute of Technology; Deidre Mitchell, University of Alabama at Birmingham; and Jackie Stampalia, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The Gender Diversity Award was established in 2014 as part of Internet2’s Gender Diversity Initiative. This community-driven initiative seeks to improve gender diversity in the research and education IT and Internet2 communities. The current co-chairs of this effort are Laurie Burns McRobbie, adjunct faculty member, School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University and Marla Meehl, manager, network engineering and telecommunications and the Front Range GigaPoP.

The Gender Diversity Award supports the attendance of emerging IT women and early career professionals at Internet2 events—thereby supporting their entry into the IT field and the Internet2 community. This year’s award covers travel expenses and conference registration for the 2015 Global Summit, with the goal that the awardees will bring new technology ideas and strategies back to their institutions, while also supporting their individual career development. For this event, two of the 2015 winners’ institutions, the University of Iowa and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, are providing travel support for their respective award winners.

“Now in its second year, the Internet2 Gender Diversity Awards shine a much-needed spotlight on the women who are making outstanding contributions to advanced technology disciplines,” said Ana Hunsinger, Internet2’s vice president of community engagement. “Internet2 is committed to ensuring the IT field is diverse and inclusive. We congratulate this year’s winners and look forward to watching their career accomplishments for many years to come.”

A full list of 2015 Internet2 Gender Diversity Award winners and their bios appears below:

Heather (Heath) Davis photo Heather (Heath) Davis, Research IT & Informatics Project Manager, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa – Davis has spent the last seven years working at the University of Iowa at the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science and the Carver College of Medicine. During her time at the University of Iowa she has been an important leader and contributor on a wide variety of projects. One project of particular note was Davis’ leadership on introducing a new technology called REDCap to campus. This technology provides a research data capture and management solution that is used broadly across the campus from medicine to psychology and social work. Davis skillfully led the implementation of this tool, thinking not only about the technology but the user experience, training, and communication plan. Today the service is actively used by more than 1,500 researchers across the institution and is a key component of the university’s research cyberinfrastructure. Davis has also been an active member of the university’s Graduate Student Diversity Board and previously a regional diversity coordinator for a large corporation.

Angel Male photo Angel Male, Network Engineer II, Rochester Institute of Technology – Male began her career in the United States Marine Corps in 1996 where she served as Tier 3 support for a portion of the East Coast Military Institutions. After consulting for nine years, she joined the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where she has been for five years and is an emerging leader and a solid technical contributor within RIT’s Network Communications Group. She has recently begun an initiative to advance the use of perfSONAR within RIT. Because of her emerging leadership, Male was recently chosen to travel to RIT’s Croatia campuses to deploy network infrastructure improvements and establish relationships with her international technical peers.

Deidre Mitchell photo Deidre Mitchell, Information Security Engineer I, University of Alabama at Birmingham – Mitchell has been employed as an information security engineer in the central information technology division at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) for nearly three years. She supports security operations of the organization, including intrusion detection and prevention, and Digital Millennium Copyright Act investigation resolution. She also supports security system design and requirements review for UAB IT projects. She has played a lead role in UAB’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month efforts. Mitchell says that professionally, she has always been committed to two things: the continual education/improvement that is engrained in any IT career and helping to make the world a safer place while providing a creatively functional user experience.

Jackie Stampalia photo Jackie Stampalia, Associate Director for Academic and Research Computing, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Stampalia has been responsible for operations at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s supercomputer center, the Center for Computational Innovations (CCI), since 2008. She played a key role in the transition of the Center’s IBM Blue Gene/L computer, to the IBM Blue Gene/Q, which included the installation of additional chillers and other upgrades to the facility. She received a glowing testimonial from a leading technology executive for her leadership, customer focus and professionalism during these projects. Stampalia also helped to secure funding for this transition by successfully applying for and receiving a NYSERDA infrastructure grant in excess of $1 million. Her experience with high-performance computing and related activities spans over the past 16 years.

Davis, Male, Mitchell and Stampalia will be recognized during the Global Summit General Session Tuesday, April 28 at 10:30 a.m. For more information on the Global Summit, taking place April 26-30 at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel, visit

EDITOR’S NOTE: Members of the media interested in obtaining a press badge to attend the Global Summit should contact Angela Stark, or 202.803.8996.

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