Lynn Conway

Scientist, Inventor, and Transgender Community Activist

Lynn Conway is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Emerita, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Widely known for her pioneering research in digital computing and VLSI microelectronics, her work underlies much of modern information technology. Lynn has also had a long involvement with military technology. She served as Assistant Director for Strategic Computing at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, leading DARPA’s 1980’s initiative to develop the technology base for modern intelligent weapons systems. She went on to serve as a member of the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, as a member of the Board of Visitors at the U.S. Air Force Academy (Presidential Appointment), and as a Member of the Corporation at The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory (1993-2010, Emerita). Lynn has also long advocated for transgender inclusion, via her website