Women in Tech: The Brainiacs

5 of the smartest technologists working today.

Vice Admiral Nancy Brown
Adviser to the Joint Chiefs of Staff

In the future, technology will be both the means of waging war and the key to keeping peace. Brown has literally written the book: Her Joint Net-Centric Operations Campaign Plan is the strategy to "better integrate and synchronize joint community transformation and maximize joint warfighting capabilities." Sit up straight when you read that, soldier.

Helen Grenier
iRobot

Grenier has done more than anyone to bring the power of robots to the U.S. military. Though she resigned as chair in October, Grenier remains on the board of iRobot, whose stair-climbing, video-shooting PackBot has already made our soldiers safer and more effective.

Susan Landau
Sun Microsystems

When she isn't talking about number theory and computational algebra (and who isn't these days?), Landau is a leading researcher and expert on wiretapping, computer encryption, and security issues.

Esther Takeuchi
University at Buffalo

Takeuchi holds more patents than any other American woman. After 23 years at Greatbatch—where, among other feats, she invented the battery used in the implantable defibrillator—she now runs an academic research program.

Jill Tarter
SETI Institute

Sure, the Jodie Foster role in Contact was based on her, but Tarter's current adventure is operating the new Allen Telescope Array, a massive intergalactic search tool that will speed innovation in communications, GPS technology, weather, and defense. And maybe find E.T.

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  • Calvin Loh

    I don't recognize the names of these women, but then I also don't know who the top male technologists today are. I know that some people have mentioned Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, Larry Ellison, Scott McNealy, Bill Joy, etc, but I disagree. IMO, these people are businessmen, not real technologists.

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  • Calvin Loh

    I don't recognize the names of these women, but then I also don't know who the top male technologists today are. I know that some people have mentioned Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, Larry Ellison, Scott McNealy, Bill Joy, etc, but I disagree. IMO, these people are businessmen, not real technologists.

    Calvin (Outdoor Wicker Furniture)

  • Calvin Loh

    I don't recognize the names of these women, but then I also don't know who the top male technologists today are. I know that some people have mentioned Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, Larry Ellison, Scott McNealy, Bill Joy, etc, but I disagree. IMO, these people are businessmen, not real technologists.

    Calvin (Outdoor Wicker Furniture)

  • Alamin Chowdhury

    Whether you believe that there is gender inequality within the tech tower defense community that we should all work to improve or if you think that there are no issues at all, one underlying truth is that we should support each other as individuals.

  • moo moo

    Women master more skills that have previously been characterized by men. Now women are working programmers, web designers, technologists, etc. Very often women thrive in etie professions better than men. Many men need to be equal to women. By Sergio ลดน้ำหนัก

  • Pat Woodcock

    It's good to see that it's not just men who are involved in technology. I found an old recipe book from the 1950's that had an advert which said "it's so good no wonder people are saying "it could have been invented by woman.""
    Pat

  • Bill Cash

    Brains are what makes the human race unique - it's a pity that so many people use their brains to try and make other people even more dull and bovine - TV reality shows for example ! We need an education system that values intelligence Netbooks Online Stock Trading

  • Janet Bratter

    Is it just me or does anyone else cringe just a tiny bit to see that the top two women on the "brainiac" list work in or for the military? Stair climbing robots that can kill without risking "our" soldiers...whoa...Have these women been playing the same dehumanizing, violent video games used to pump up the recruits? And how about Ms. #1 on the list whose accomplishments include "maximizing joint war fighting capabilities"?

    Where are the smart women who are using technology to create a more life-sustaining world? Or is that too much to ask from a technology oriented segment of society bent on reforming life into a more mechanized model?