|High-Tech High Heels
Closing the gender gap in Science,
Technology, Engineering and Math
|Wanda Gass becomes HTHH Executive Director|
|Wanda Gass is the newly appointed Executive Director
of High-Tech High Heels. Wanda retired from Texas Instruments on March
30, to pursue her passion of helping girls and young women pursue science,
technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. Wanda will focus her efforts
full time on developing and supporting programs for High-Tech High Heels.
"We are thrilled that Wanda will now spend full time applying her many strengths
and talents to growing and accelerating our work," said Melendy Lovett, HTHH
co-founder and Leadership Team chair. "Wanda has been a key leader of our HTHH
work from the very start, and she is truly committed and passionate about
getting more high school girls ready for a STEM university degree program. Her
hands-on approach to HTHH programs is a major reason for their successful
Tegwin Pulley, prior Executive Director of High-Tech High Heels, is
serving as Executive Director of the STEM Equity Pipeline of the National
Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Education Foundation (NAPE-EF).
Last year, HTHH selected NAPE-EF to deploy and grow the HTHH programs. Wanda and
Tegwin will work together to achieve the goals of HTHH.
A distinguished career
Wanda began her TI career 31 years ago in Houston, Texas, as a design engineer
working on TI's first digital signal processor (DSP). She holds three patents
for this first-generation DSP and was responsible for circuit design of the data
paths, functional verification, schematic verification and specification of the
on-chip emulation features.
After relocating to Dallas in 1982, Wanda continued to take on roles of
increasing responsibility and was elected TI Fellow in 1999. She finished her
career at TI as the DSP architect overseeing semiconductor devices in 3G towers
(base stations) in Application Specific Products (ASP). These towers connect
mobile handsets to the telecommunication network.
"During her time in ASP, Wanda has been instrumental in driving multicore
architectures and has driven multicore system performance entitlement, which has
had tremendous traction with our customers," said Brian Crutcher, TI senior vice
president and general manager of the Embedded Processing business. "Wanda's
contributions have helped to propel us into a leadership position in wireless
infrastructure and opened up new multicore DSP markets. Wanda will be missed,
but we all wish her the best in her next endeavor."
In addition to her work at TI, Wanda has served on several boards and works
directly with students. She is currently serving on the board of directors for
the Learning Center of North Texas and the National Alliance for Partnerships in
Equity Education Foundation (NAPE-EF).
The Metroplex Technology Business Council recently honored Wanda with the 2011
Tech Titan Community Hero Award, recognizing her for her many years of
outstanding leadership and service in STEM gender equity.
In 2010, Wanda joined the Advisory Board of UTeachEngineering. This new program
in the University of Texas system offers two summer education opportunities for
high school STEM teachers and is developing a new high school engineering
Wanda has actively volunteered at The Hockaday School in Dallas as a coach and
mentor of the robotics team since 2003. She has been a speaker at the Hockaday
middle school career fair for eight years and has sponsored the senior projects
of several high school girls interested in engineering.
She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers
(IEEE) and has served on numerous technical committees. Wanda was the program
chair of the International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in Feb. 2011,
the premier international semiconductor conference of IEEE.
Wanda earned her master's degree in Engineering from Duke University and her
BSEE degree from Rice University.
"Wanda is an exceptional technologist and role model, and she will be missed at
TI," said Steve Lyle, TI's chief diversity officer and director of Engineering
Workforce Development. "However, by devoting her efforts full time to HTHH, she
will be able to accelerate some of the work that TI is also doing to increase
the pipeline of women talent in the semiconductor industry. I look forward to
our continued partnership."
HTHH Leadership Team:
Melendy Lovett, Chair
Wanda Gass, Executive Director