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On February 5, the NASA Ames Research Park Space Technology Center was formally opened with a reception, open house, and press conference. Speakers included Ames Research Center Director Scott Hubbard, SCU Dean of Engineering Daniel Pitt, and others. The Space Technology Center is a collaborative facility with representation from the satellite/robotics programs at Santa Clara University, Stanford University and San Jose State University. Within the Center, the Robotic Systems Laboratory has opened a mission operations facility in order to conduct field operations with on-orbit spacecraft, aircraft, and rovers.

Santa Clara University Sends Team to 5th Virtual Development Center Conference
Palo Alto, CA — A team from Santa Clara University will participate and present their results and work on SmartHome, an energy monitoring system to help budget household consumption of energy, at the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology's 5th Annual Virtual Development Center (VDC) Conference April 22– 25, 2004 on the campus the of the University of Arizona, at Tucson. The Santa Clara University Team consists of students, Mai Tran and Lauren Yamada, seniors in Electrical Engineering, and Kevin Myers, a junior Computer Science major. The Team is led by Ms. Geetha Rangan and Dr. Garret Okamoto.

The VDC is a collaborative network of nine colleges and universities. It draws together technical and non-technical women, and their supporters, into technology by making the connection between technology skills and the societal needs that they address. VDC participants create technology-based products that engage and build on women’s ideas, and vision. In doing so, we amplify the voice and priorities of women to enrich the discussion on technology and drive technology development to the benefit of all people.

“We are excited about the opportunity to share the work we have done over the past year and the especially the interaction with the women of HomeSafe,” said Professor Ruth Davis, Program Leader for the VDC Site at Santa Clara University. “The students are prepared and expect to find the atmosphere of the conference exciting and challenging, as well as somewhat unique in that they will be presenting among peers with similar experiences working with their local communities. We are changing the the conversation about technology, how and why it is created, and these students are on that cutting edge.”

The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) charitable organization providing platforms that enable women’s voices, ideas, and spirits to influence technology. For more information see The VDC is supported by the Hewlett-Packard Company, which provides seed equipment to partnering universities. Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, Compaq, Microsoft, The AT&T Foundation and individuals provide financial or in-kind support to the Institute.