"If you were a math major in the 1960s," Keiko Pitter
remembers, "you were
expected to go into computers." So after graduating from UCLA, she went to
work for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a cognizant programmer with the
navigation team on the Mariner, Pioneer, and Viking space projects. She
then worked on computerizing Tektronix's Profit Plan before taking time
off to meet the demands of motherhood.
In 1982, Pitter began her second career, this time in higher education.
She taught CIS at Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, Nevada,
eventually taking command of Truckee's information services. At the same
time, she earned her M.Ed. in Computer Education from the University of
Nevada, Reno and wrote
the first of her more than 40 books on computer applications and the
Internet. Her books
have now been translated into German, Hebrew, Hungarian and Turkish.
From 1991-1997, Pitter worked in Willamette University's integrated
technology services department, eventually as executive director.
she came to Whitman as chief technology officer. Her title was eventually
changed to chief information officer.
Pitter retired from Whitman College in June 2011. She was
the title of Chief Information Officer Emerita in May 2012 by Whitman