Liz Jessup is professor and chair in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. She earned her BA in mathematics at Williams College and her MS in applied physics and MPhil and PhD in computer science at Yale University. Her research concerns the development of efficient algorithms and software for matrix algebra problems. Her recent work focuses on ways to ease the production and use of high-performance matrix algebra software. Liz has been actively involved in computer science education, beginning with her role as co-creator of an award-winning, NSF-funded undergraduate curriculum in high-performance scientific computing. She has also worked to promote the participation of women in computing and has carried out research into factors influencing women's choices to study computing.