Ellen is an associate professor of computer science at Mills College and a research scientist at Google. She received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in computer science from MIT and has worked at Microsoft Research and The University of Washington. Since 1990, she has investigated and advocated around girls’ and women’s underrepresentation in computer science. She has done research in computer architecture, information retrieval, and online communities. In 2001, she was named Sexiest Geek Alive. She and her work have been written about in The New York Times, Wired, and The Weekly World News.