The U.S. Naval Academy will name its future cyber building after Grace Hopper, a pioneering computer scientist and U.S. Navy rear admiral.
Vice Adm. Ted Carter, the superintendent, made the announcement Thursday at the academy's "Athena Conference: Heroines of the past, present and future." It's marking the 40th anniversary of women's admission to the academy. A group of the first female academy graduates was at the conference to applaud the announcement.
The cyber facility will be the first building named after a woman at the three main service academies.
Midshipman Frances Kratz, of Tampa, Florida, says she "teared up a little bit" when she heard the announcement. The sophomore computer science major says Hopper was a big influence on her decision to study computers at the academy.