CRPC's Linda Torczon Wins Top 20 Houston Women in Technology Award

Rebecca Bergeron (left), 1999-1999 President of the AWC, Houston Chapter, and Linda Torczon, winner of the Top 20 Women in Houston Technology Award.
CRPC Executive Director Linda Torczon has been named one of this year's Top 20 Houston Women in Technology by the Houston Chapter of the Association for Women in Computing (AWC). She received the award at a presentation held at the Houston Double Tree Hotel on June 11, 1999.

Recipients of the award were selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Works in the Houston metropolitan area
  • Has at least 10 years in the computer industry or academics
  • Provides a positive role model for women
  • Shows significant career accomplishments
  • Is in upper management or has tenure
Torczon, a Rice University graduate with a B.S. in chemical engineering (1980), M.S. in computer science (1984), and Ph.D. in computer science (1985), is a research scientist in the Rice Computer Science Department. She has been instrumental in developing new methods and systems in the areas of code generation, interprocedural data-flow analysis and optimization, and programming environments. She is co-holder of a patent involving digital computer register allocation and code spilling, has published numerous technical papers, and is an active member of several professional societies.
Torczon has served as the CRPC Executive Director since 1990, managing extensive research efforts, education and outreach programs, and technology transfer. She has been involved in a variety of activities to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities entering mathematics and science-related fields, including K-12 training programs for teachers, and workshops that encourage students to pursue careers in technical fields.

The AWC is a not-for-profit organization for information technology professionals. The Houston Chapter's mission is to provide for the technical professional development of computing specialists and to provide a formidable network that is a source of education, expert information, and career opportunities for its members. For more information, see

Linda Torczon (center) receives her AWC Top 20 Houston Women in Computing Award. At her table were (left to right) AWC Treasurer Judy Floy; AWC National Capital Chapter President Patricia A. Summers; former CRPC Associate Director, External Relations Kathy El-Messidi; Nadia El-Farnawani; Linda; AWC Kathi Boles Scholarship Winner Vanessa Zavaletta from the University of Houston; Keith Cooper, Rice University Computer Science Professor; and Linda and Keith's daughters, Christine and Carolyn Cooper.
Linda Torczon and her family, (counterclockwise) Keith, Carolyn and Christine Cooper at the AWC Award Ceremony.
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