Ellen Spertus

Associate professor of computer science, Mills College

San Francisco, California

Ellen Spertus is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Mills College, where she has taught with App Inventor, and a Senior Research Scientist at Google, where she was one of the App Inventor developers. She and her work have been written about in Wired, USA Today (which described her as "a geek with principles"), and in The New York Times (as one of three "women who might change the face of the computer industry"). In addition to her many technical publications, her writings have appeared in the book She's Such a Geek: Women Write about Science, Technology, and Other Nerdy Stuff and in the magazines Technology Review, Chronicle of Higher Education, Odyssey: Adventures in Science, and Glamour.

App Inventor App Inventor
by Hal Abelson, David Wolber, Liz Looney, Ellen Spertus
May 2011
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $31.99

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