New York Assemblymember Dan Quart Pledges Funding for Digital Lab

New York State Assemblymember Dan Quart pledged $250,000 to expand the digital lab at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women. The grant will allow for the digital lab to be doubled in size and signals significant advances in the computer science program.  Students and alumni joined Dan Quart today to announce the grant, and students taught Dan Quart’s team how to code.

Quart represents the 73rd Assembly District, which includes the future computer science lab on the school’s midtown campus. Recent Stern College graduates have landed jobs—and current students internships—in firms such as Google, Facebook, UBS, and JP Morgan, among others. Stern College computer science students have won scholarships and recognition in the field, faculty expertise covers the newest innovations, curriculum is constantly updated to keep pace with technological changes and periodic hackathons match coding skills to creative ideas.

“An investment in Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women is an investment in the future. Our economy is changing quickly, and by funding computer science programs, we are building a skilled workforce ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow,” said Assemblymember Dan Quart. “There is no doubt in my mind that these young women will emerge as the next generation of leaders in innovation and technology.”

Assemblymember Dan Quart gets a lesson in coding from Zoe Abboudi ’20S
Assemblymember Dan Quart gets a lesson in coding from Zoe Abboudi ’20S

Once completed, students in the Stern College computer science program will have a dedicated space to work on coding, creating and collaborating. The lab will consist of three rooms equipped with the latest in equipment and spatial design, such as magnetic projectable writable glass walls for presentations and brainstorming; a 3D printer, Arduino processors, and other fabrication tools; and pivoting walls that will create larger spaces for events such as hackathons.

“As a Stern College alumna, I am so excited about the new lab and the continuing growth of the computer science program. Having the digital lab facilities will give students more opportunities for learning that enable them to secure great internships and jobs after graduation,” said Riva Tropp ’17S, currently employed at Google.

“Assemblymember Quart’s commitment to our community and to women and science will truly impact the role of future leaders. This grant will now enable the women studying computer science to become leaders in the field, not only technically but in keeping with the ethos of Yeshiva University,” said Dr. Karen Bacon, The Mordechai D. Katz and Dr. Monique C. Katz Dean of Undergraduate Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Members of the Stern College computer science program with Assemblymember Dan Quart
Members of the Stern College computer science program with Assemblymember Dan Quart (fifth from left)