I am very sad to learn that today is Mary Lou Jepsen's last day at One Laptop Per Child. From Walter Bender's Community News:
Mary Lou's last day at OLPC is December 31. She will be continuing to consult with us on a number of different fronts as she chases after her next miracle in display technology.Mary Lou was more that an employee, she was the foundation of OLPC. She designed the dual mode screen that made the XO laptop possible.
Mary Lou was OLPC employee Number One, both in terms of when she joined the organization and in terms of the breadth and depth of her contributions. Thank you and best of luck with your adventures in a new role and new year.
Then, in what I still think is an under-reported feat, she made the XO the greenest laptop ever made. In her own words:
"But equally important for us was to produce a laptop that could be used in remote areas with unreliable or limited energy sources. The result is a laptop computer that has more than 10 times less environmental impact than the average laptop computer. It’s the greenest laptop ever made, and that's not just its color."And Mary Lou Jepsen is Number One to me for more than her technical contributions to OLPC. She also kept the program real, skipping the grandiose statements for getting things done.
She delivered us clock-stopping hot technology without pretense. She just delivered. From all of us who care about OLPC, may we deliver you the best wishes for you and yours in 2008 and beyond.