Sana Odeh

Clinical Professor of Computer Science
Faculty Liaison for Global Programs of Computer Science
Computer Science Department
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
New York University, New York
NYU New York: 251 Mercer Street, Office # 321, New York, New York 10012, USA

Affiliated Faculty of Computer Science, New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)
NYU Abu Dhabi: Office: Building A2, Office # 191, Saadiyat Island Campus, PO BOX 129188, NYU Abu Dhabi

Email: sana (AT) nyu (DOT) edu


Professor Sana Odeh, is a Clinical Professor, and Faculty Liaison for Global Programs of Computer Science at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, and an Affiliated Faculty of Computer Science, New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). A proponent of women in technology, professor Odeh is the founder and chair of the Conference on Women in Computing in the Arab world (held at NYUAD in Abu Dhabi during Spring 2012, May 2013, May 2015, February 12 in Algeria, and on August 12-15, 2017 at AUB’s in Lebanon), founder and chair of the Arab Women in Computing (arabwic.org), founder and chair of the Annual NYU Abu Dhabi International Hackathon for the Social Good in the Arab World (Held on April 26-29, 2018, April 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2011), chair of the annual New York City Girls Computer Science and Engineering Conference (sponsored by Google, NYU’s Courant Women in Computing (WinC) and Princeton University Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE), and the faculty advisor for NYU’s Courant's Women in Computing (WinC) at NYU NY (held annually since 2007 at NYU). Faculty advisor of the NYU's Courant's Women in Computing since 2005. She is also a member of the leadership committee of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC), the world’s largest conference for women technologists, and also a member of the steering committee of the Association for Computing Machinery Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W). She is also an Affiliated Faculty of Computer Science at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) where she spent three years (from 2010 to 2013) setting up the Computer Science department at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and also created successful international collaboration projects in Computer Science. She remains an affiliated faculty at NYUAD where she spends the Spring semester. She is also currently coordinating and developing two computer Science courses at NYU Paris to be offered starting Fall 2018: Introduction to Machine Learning and Introduction to Computer Security.
Her research focuses on Arab Women in Computing, Programming Languages and Web and Mobile Technologies, Developing information technologies for the developing world, and E-Learning.

Current Research:

Professor Odeh is currently coordinating a comprehensive study on Women in Computing in the Arab World. The goal of this study is to explore the enrollment of women in computing, the opportunities as well as the diverse challenges facing women in computing in the Arab world. The study focuses on women in academia (students and faculty), industry, and entrepreneurs. We are trying to publish by next year. Here are my research collaborators: Jennifer Olmsted, Associated Professor of Economics, and Chair of Drew university, USA, May Al Dabbagh, Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy,  NYUAD, Fida Adely, Assistant Professor, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, USA and Marc Michael, Director of Graduate Studies/Faculty Fellow, Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, NYU.

Interests:

AWARDS:

  • Recognition Award on on 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014 from the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC), the world’s largest conference for women technologists, for founding and chairing the Arab Women in Computing (arabwic.org).

  • On May 8th, 2016, Professor Odeh was selected by Facebook for her work on Arab Women in Technology (ArabWIC) as one of six stories to feature in honor of International Women's Day.
  • Made the final list for the prestigious "2016 WORLD TECHNOLOGY AWARD". Recipient of the Google Rise Award 2009 and 2010
  • Awarded Google Special Award Fall 2010: "We at Google believe strongly in your mission and the impact you are having.  We wanted to thank you for the amazing work you've done to make a real difference in the lives of so many. In recognition of that work and to support your continued success." The award money paid for female CS students to go to CS conferences.
  • WinC was Awarded the 2008 & 2009 NYU's Presidential Service Award for “extraordinary and positive impact on the New York University Community.”

 

Invited Featured/Keynotes Talks for 2017 - 2018:

Accepted Papers during the following 2018 Conferences:

Accepted 2018 and 2018 Featured and keynotes Talks:

PRESS:

  • View Anita Borg's featured interview of my work on Arab Women in Computing "HOW ARAB WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY INSPIRE GLOBAL DIVERSITY IN TECH: FEATURING PROFESSOR SANA ODEH, CLINICAL PROFESSOR AT NYU CS DEPARTMENT, AND FOUNDER AND CHAIR OF ARABWIC AND CO-CHAIR OF ARABWIC AND A SENIOR SCIENTIST AT IBM, DR. KAOUTAR EL MAGHRAOUI"
  • View Press on Arab Women in Computing (ArabWIC).
  • View report from BBC featuring my research on Arab Women in Computing.
  • View article in Philanthropy Age (Gates Foundation's Magazine) mention of my research on Arab Women in Computing.
  • View article in Forbes mention of my research on Arab Women in Computing

Teaching:

NYU Committees:

  • Global Committee for Curriculum Development
  • Computer science Undergraduate Curriculum Development

Activities:

 

Professional leadership Committees:

    • Member of the leadership committee of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC), the world’s largest conference for women technologists.
    • Member of the steering committee of the Association for Computing Machinery Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W).

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Updated 2018