Discrimination against women and minorities is putting the U.S. at a disadvantage in technology innovation, according to the chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley.
Robert Birgeneau said of the top 50 university computer science department jobs in the U.S., not one is held by a woman of color. “How embarrassing,” he said. “It’s an astounding waste of talent in an increasingly competitive world.”
Birgeneau was the keynote speaker at a workshop on women in technology as part of the Emerging Technologies Conference being held at MIT this week.