2020 Massey University alumni Distinguished Service Award
Dr Mahsa McCauley
Dr McCauley graduated with a PhD in computer science in 2013. Her vision to address the gender imbalance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, to remove virtual barriers and to facilitate equal opportunities has fuelled her work to encourage young New Zealand girls to consider what a career in technology offers. In 2014 she founded She Sharp, which runs networking and development events each year for secondary school girls and women who are tertiary students and industry professionals.
In her role as a senior lecturer at Auckland University of Technology’s School of Computer, Engineering, and Mathematical Sciences, she is a recognised leader in artificial intelligence and machine learning, including researching how these fields will revolutionise our future. Last year she was a keynote speaker at AI-DAY and is currently an external technical adviser to to AI business advice company AIDER and online writer support network The Story Mint.
The lack of diversity in the technology sector is becoming widely recognised as a significant issue, and as a result there is a growing call to action to address the situation. Mahsa’s tireless work in advocating diversity in this sector has impacted thousands. In 2018 she was invited as a visiting professor to the University of St. Bonaventure in New York in 2018, to teach an intensive week of AI. Her work in this field was covered on prime-time news in New York while she was there, including her passion for encouraging more girls to consider a future career in technology.