Calvin C. Pohawpatchoko Jr., a member of the Numunu (Comanche) Tribe, Quahada (Antelope) clan. He has a BS in Computer Science and Information Systems and a MS in Object Oriented Technology with Honors. His master’s thesis: Cultural Preservation through Technology. He is currently finalizing his PhD in Technology, Media and Society with a concentration in Computer Science Education at University of Colorado, College of Engineering and Applied Science in the ATLAS Institute, that would benefit the Native American community and possible teach at a College/University or Tribal College/University.
He has 25+ years in the CS/IT industry. He worked his way up through the ranks from operations to management, to consulting. He has work for corporations such as Fox-Meyer (now a part of Bristol-Meyer), National Foundation Life Insurance, Hertz Corporation, Midland/Met Financial Group, Information Handling Services Denver (IHS) and Jeppesen-Boeing Denver. As a consultant, he has implemented systems for government agencies such as Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), Department of Agriculture (USDA) and several associated agencies within USDA. As a consultant with EDS, he supported and maintained systems for GM, Buick, Chevrolet, IBM, Fujitsu, Storage Tek and Roll Royce Aircraft Engines. He has led special teams in system development for many clients. He duties also consisted of training new recruits in the consulting field. Most of his IT experience has been in financial system maintenance and development, system conversions, team leadership and project management.
He has served as a member of the late Multi-Cultural Engineering Program Advisory Council at CU-Boulder and is a current member of CU-Boulder Bold Center board. He’s is a member of AISES and was Vice President of the late Colorado AISES Professional Chapter. He’s a member of the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) and has presented on projects and his work in 2005 & 2010 at the National Convention. He has also presented at the 2011 Cosmic Serpent Conference on Museum Interface Development for providing voice for the Native Community through Technology. He was a NSF GK-12 Fellow at the Colorado School of Mines and at the University of Colorado. He has presented at NSF GK-12 Conference in DC, SACNAS and AISES on his STEM work. He works with Native American communities in the greater Denver area. He has also assisted with Startup Micro-businesses in Kazakhstan with his economic development interest. He also received the Chancellor’s award for excellence in STEM education. He has a number of publications on the subject of integrating culture in Computers Science, Indigenous Computational Thinking (unpublished), Developing an Indigenous Digital Voice and co-author on Teaching Computational Thinking through Scalable Game Design. He was also a contributor to NSF GK-12. He has also taught middle and high school Indigenous students to build a computer through the University of Alaska, Native Alliance, Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) in Colorado.
He has served with the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE), the College in Colorado Campaign and the pre-collegiate consortium strategic advisory committee. He has been a special speaker for IBM’s Native American Technology Journey Family Group. And he has provided technology assistance for the disadvantage seeking jobs at non-profit organizations. He has worked at Colorado non-profit Math, Engineering, Science, Achievement (MESA) as their Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) Project Coordinator and has helped pass legislation for after school programs.
He has a strong interest in economic development, urban education, technology and how it can be used in Tribal Development, Tribal Colleges, K-16 Education, Business, Leadership and Research for Native Americans. He seeks ways to reach out to the Native American community and getting students interested in Computer Science and STEM education. He also looks for technological initiatives that can be applied to Native Leadership in Economic Development, Education, Policy and Innovative approaches for integrating Indigenous culture in technology, science, culture and art.