Stevens Institute of Technology and Syncsort’s CTO, Tendü Yoğurtçu, Ph.D., are Dedicated Advocates for Women in STEM
As part of its 150th anniversary celebration in 2020, Stevens Institute of Technology has published 150 stories to help tell of its rich history in technology and innovation. One of these stories features Syncsort’s CTO, Tendü Yoğurtçu, Ph.D., who received her doctorate in computer science from Stevens in 2000.
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevens Institute of Technology was founded on February 15, 1870 as America’s first college of mechanical engineering, with a student body of 21 students. Today, the premier technology-focused university makes a global impact, educating more than 7,000 students each year.
Stevens’ campus sits directly across the river from New York City in Hoboken, NJ. While still recognized as a leader in engineering academics, Stevens also offers undergraduate degrees in science, computer science, business and the arts.
Advocating for women in STEM
As Tendu notes in the featured story, a big factor in her decision to study at Stevens was due to its reputation for encouraging women in STEM.
Having benefited from this encouragement and support, Tendü is herself, a dedicated advocate for women in STEM.
She believes there are two vital ways for technology leaders to help drive greater participation. The first is to engage young people and educate them on the benefits and opportunities for women if they focus their education on pursuing a career in technology. The second, as Tendü has done at Syncsort, is to mentor emerging female leaders and foster an environment within your organization that empowers women to succeed and advance their careers.
On a personal note, as a fellow Stevens alumna (B.E. ’01), I was buoyed to see Yoğurtçu on the executive team as CTO when I was interviewing with Syncsort. It was a strong indicator that the company values contributions from female employees. Tendü was one of the first to welcome me to the organization and continues to impress me with her leadership. She has been a champion of my career growth as well those who work within her department.
Demonstrating leadership excellence
Tendu was recognized as “CTO of the Year” at the 2019 Women in IT Awards. During her acceptance speech, she noted that she was proud to work for an organization that stands out by focusing on creating a fair, inclusive environment that empowers everyone to contribute, excel and reach their potential.
The Women in IT Awards is the world’s largest tech diversity event. It is organized by Information Age and DiversityQ, a site for professionals and business leaders that provides content and analysis to enhance, develop and promote workforce diversity and inclusion. The event provides a high-profile platform for celebrating women in IT and identifying new female role models in the industry.
Look for Tendu at this year’s event, where she will be presenting the Data Leader of the Year award.
View this 30-minute webinar on-demand where Syncsort’s CTO, Tendü Yoğurtçu, shares insights from her work with data-driven organizations around the world, on the top technology trends – and how data governance is key.