Richard Tapia and Cultivating Diversity in Computing.

I am fortunate enough to have worked with Richard Tapia. A recipient of the National Medal of Science (2011) and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, among many other honors. Richard Tapia is, by accomplishments alone, significant.

I first met Richard in 1998 as part of the National Science Foundation's Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure. He is passionate. He is caring. He is dedicated to creating a world of excellence in the world of STEM. He is able to see that the ability for students to become excellent mathematicians is dependent on opportunity and community.

The Tapia Conference—the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing—was named after Richard because of his years of cultivating leaders of a myriad of ethnic and racial backgrounds in mathematics and computational sciences. Too few leaders can boast of supporting a diverse body of students to advance in their careers. Richard can. The conference organized in honor of his work, and a community's commitment to increasing diversity in computing disciplines, broadens his and our ability to reach this goal.

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