Or even Ellen Spertus, a Mills College professor and research scientist at Google-and the 2001 winner of the Silicon Valley “Sexiest Geek Alive” pageant
It’s sweltering in Boston, and a dozen Tufts University coeds are out in shorts and tanks, attracting the usual stares. https://datingreviewer.net/cs/420-seznamka/ Only today the stares are for a different reason: the girls are huddled around a 750-pound machine that looks like a spaceship, long and wide with a bubble-shaped cockpit open to reveal a mass of pipes and wires. It’s actually a solar car-one they’ve built from the ground up and hope to race next year. Suddenly sparks fly, and the girls jump back. They may be engineering whizzes, but they know a hazard when they see one. They call a teacher over to help solve the problem, as Alex McGourty, 21, gets ready to take the wheel. A junior with blond hair and freckles, she built her first car engine in high school: a biodiesel “veggie mobile” she ran on McDonald’s fryer oil. McGourty revs out of the driveway, and almost immediately dislodges the car’s chain. Campus police block off the street, and the baseball team, just returned from practice, lines up to watch. “Look out,” a construction worker yells. “It’s the Nerd Girls!”
The Nerd Girls may not look like your stereotypical pocket-protector-loving misfits-their adviser, Karen Panetta, has a thing for pink heels-but they’re part of a growing breed of young women who are claiming the nerd label for themselves.