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Cecilia Aragon is an associate professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. She was previously a computer scientist in the Computational Research Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 2005, after earning her Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 2004. She earned her B.S. in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology.
In 2008, she won the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. Her research has been recognized with four Best Paper awards since 2004, and she was recently named one of the Top 25 Women of 2009 by Hispanic Business Magazine.
She is a founding member of Latinas in Computing, a board member of the Computing Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W), a founding member of Berkeley Lab's Computing Sciences Diversity Working Group and Women in Science Council, the current chair of the IEEE Computer Society's Entrepreneur and Pioneer Awards committee, and has served as a reviewer and program committee member for numerous computer science conferences.