Valerie is the Professor of Computer Science at Union College- Schenectady, NY. She studied Applied Mathematics at Mount Holyoke College, has a Masters from NYU and a Ph.D. in CS from Rutgers. She has worked on automated blood analyzers, automated storage and retrieval machines, and banking back office operations. Her recent research has focused on verification and validation for natural language processing systems. She is heavily involved in the development of interdisciplinary programs between CS and other fields with the goal of increasing the number and diversity of CS enrollments. Valerie is chair of the Association for Computing Machinery Council on Women in Computing.