Sandra Johnson Baylor became interested in electrical engineering at a young age: "Growing up in Louisiana, I became interested in math and science in junior high school, so I attended the Engineering Summer Institute at Southern University the summer prior to my senior year in high school. This experience sparked my interest in engineering and computers, and helped me make the decision to pursue engineering as a career." Sandra received her B.S. degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, her M.S. degree from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and her Ph.D. from Rice University in Houston, Texas--all in electrical engineering.
After finishing her education, Sandra became a research staff member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, where she conducts research on I/O (input/output) in parallel processors. If you have ever used a computer, you know that it is never as fast as you would like it to be. A traditional computer has only one compute engine (CPU, or central processing unit). One method that can be used to increase the speed of computers is to use several compute engines at the same time, or "in parallel." Such parallel processors are used for many applications, including weather forecasting, aircraft design, and stock market prediction. Sandra enjoys investigating ways to get data into and out of the compute engines of parallel processors as quickly as possible. For those who use IBM machines, this is valuable: quick I/O means they can then solve bigger problems faster.
Sandra is a member of the Computing Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research, and she is leading an effort to publish a graduate school information booklet for women in computing. (If you would like a copy of this booklet, contact the CRA office--information is given at the end of this brochure.) Sandra also enjoys a host of other activities. She does aerobics on a regular basis, and loves to play tennis, sew, and read. She is an active member of her church, where she sings in the choir, and of her sorority, which hosts various public service activities in Westchester County, New York, where she lives with her husband.
Sandra loves to travel and to dine out. She says, "One of the many things I like about my work is that I present the results of my research at conferences all over the world. As a result, I have dined on everything from sushi in Tokyo to tacos in Cancun, Mexico."