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Santa Clara University students to present work on "SmartHome"

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—April 21, 2004 — 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– 24, 2004 on the campus of the University of Arizona, at Tucson.

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 they address. VDC participants create technology-based products that engage and build on women's ideas, and vision.

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 Geetha Rangan and Garret Okamoto. The Santa Clara VDC site has enjoyed continuous support from the SCU Center for Science, Technology, and Society, as well as the   School of Engineering.

“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 SCU professor Ruth Davis, program leader for the VDC Site at SCU. “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 conversation about technology, how and why it is created, and these students are on that cutting edge.”

In addition to Santa Clara University, the VDC encompasses eight other development center sites: Purdue, Texas A&M, Smith College, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Arizona, University of California at Berkeley, University of Washington and University of Texas at El Paso. The conference will feature presentations and results from university teams.

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<p>Computer engineering professor Ruth Davis leads student team.</p>

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