Women in Computer Architecture (WICARCH) is designed to create a community for women studying and working in the field of computer architecture. Our goal is to promote women in computer architecture and increase visibility for their research and development contributions. We welcome participation from all women including students, post docs, industry researchers and developers and faculty members. To be listed in our directory, please click here.

Profiles of WICArch

The mission of this section is to profile women in computer architecture across many walks of our field, from [junior, senior] x [industry, academia].

If you would like to be profiled, would like to nominate someone to be profiled, or would like to write a profile, please let us know by wicarch-chair@acm.org

Mengjia Yan

Dr. Mengjia Yan is undoubtedly one of the most delightful people you will ever meet – smart, positive, exceedingly wise beyond her years, and the kind of person who can turn a frown upside down.  She was paired with me as a mentee at ISCA 2018, but I genuinely think that it is I who have benefited from the relationship.  These days, she is a new assistant professor at MIT, having recently completed her PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2019.


WICArch Directory

We actively maintain a list of women working in the field of computer architecture.  The goal of this list is many-fold.  First, the list services as a resource for program chairs and conference organizers to identify women to serve in key technical roles such as keynote, panels and program committees.  Second, the list is designed to foster community and help women connect with other women in computer architecture.  This list can be used by current and potential graduate students to find advisors and mentors. Four profiles, selected randomly, are shown below.  We encourage you to browse the full directory.

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Karin Strauss

Principal Researcher Manager
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Architectural Support For Programming Languages Or Software Development, Architecture For Emerging Technologies and Applications, Datacenter-Scale Computing, Effects Of Circuits Or Technology On Architecture, Processor, Memory, and Storage Systems Architecture
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Haiyu Mao

Ph.D. candidate
Tsinghua University
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Research Statement

I am a fourth-year Ph.D. student at Tsinghua University. My research interests include non-volatile memory, processing in memory and machine learning.


Accelerator-Based, Application-Specific and Reconfigurable Architecture, Processor, Memory, and Storage Systems Architecture
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Iyswarya Narayanan

Performance and Capacity Engineer
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Research Statement

I am an infrastructure engineer at Facebook. I graduated from Penn State with a PhD in 2019. I am interested in optimizing the physical infrastructure of a datacenter viz., power, compute, memory and storage. In my recent works I applied data analytics, system-level profiling and optimizations for efficient datacenter operations.

During PhD, I spent three summers as an intern at Microsoft Research which greatly shaped my research directions. My work on flash reliability titled, SSD failures in datacenters: What? When? Why? was awarded Best Student Paper at SYSTOR-2016. I have also received outstanding graduate research assistant award at Penn State in 2018.


Datacenter-Scale Computing, Evaluation and Measurement Of Real Systems, Processor, Memory, and Storage Systems Architecture
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Sally A McKee

Associate Professor
Clemson University
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Research Statement

McKee received her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Yale University, master’s from Princeton University, and doctorate from the University of Virginia. Her dissertation advisor was Bill Wulf, with whom she worked on memory systems architecture. Together they coined the now-common term the “memory wall” to describe a situation in which processors are always waiting on memory, and CPU performance is therefore entirely limited by memory performance.

Before graduate school, McKee worked for Digital Equipment Corporation and Microsoft Corporation. She has also held internships at Digital Equipment Corporation’s Systems Research Center (now HP Labs) and the former AT&T Bell Labs. McKee worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the University of Virginia Computer Science Department for a year after graduating (waiting for the chip to come back from fab) and as a Computer Architect at Intel’s Microcomputer Research Lab in Oregon for the next two years. During her time at Intel, she also taught at the Oregon Graduate Institute and Reed College. McKee was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Utah’s School of Computing from 1998 to 2002, where she worked on the Impulse Adaptable Memory Controller project. She joined Cornell University’s Computer Systems Lab within the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2002. She moved to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology in 2008, and she became the C. Tycho Howle endowed chair within the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson University in 2018. She spent the 2017 calendar year on sabbatical at Rambus Labs in Sunnyvale, CA.

Her research has historically focused mainly on analyzing application memory behavior and designing more efficient memory systems together with the software to exploit them. Achieving this broad objective requires developing new underpinnings for system understanding, and thus she and her students and collaborators have developed new approaches to performance analysis; built scalable tools for application analysis and system modeling; designed architectures to enable more comprehensive system introspection and analyses; designed efficient memory systems for HPC and embedded platforms; and automated memory optimizations for HPC applications.



Accelerator-Based, Application-Specific and Reconfigurable Architecture, Architectural Support For Programming Languages Or Software Development, Architectural Support For Security Or Virtualization, Architecture Modeling and Simulation Methodologies, Datacenter-Scale Computing, Evaluation and Measurement Of Real Systems, Processor, Memory, and Storage Systems Architecture
We regularly organize a social gathering of women at the start of major architecture conferences (ISCA, HPCA, ASPLOS and MICRO).  These meet ups help newcomers to our conferences become better integrated in the community and reduce some of the pressure and intimidation they might feel at their first conference.  They provide great networking opportunities.  We hope to see you at the next one!
Would you like to attend a SIGARCH-sponsored event, but cannot because the cost of child-care is prohibitive? SIGARCH provides funds for a limited number of grants that support child care for members that would like to participate in a SIGARCH-sponsored event but are unable to do so without this support. SIGARCH provides financial assistance to subsidize a variety of child-care options. View details here.
Annually, we provide a brochure of upcoming female graduates in computer architecture. The goal of this brochure is to bring greater visibility to women on the job market and to celebrate their success as PhD students.

2018-2019 Candidates
2019 Candidates

Check out our WICARCH YouTube channel which features recorded technical talks by members of the WICARCH community.


We organize various initiatives to better connect women in computer architecture.


CARES Movement Receives the 2020 CRA Distinguished Service Award #culture #genderequality #antiharrassment https://cra.org/cares-movement-2020-distinguished-service-award/

Deadline for the Undergrad Architecture Mentoring Workshop (uarch) at ISCA is rapidly approaching (March 13). Its a great opportunity for mentoring, learning about cutting edge research and navigating grad school.

This is a great opportunity to learn about computer architecture research and network with researchers in the field! Please share with undergrads in your classes!

Congratulations to ECE Assistant Professor Christina Delimitrou, recipient of a 2020 Sloan Research Fellowship! https://www.ece.cornell.edu/news/christina-delimitrou-receives-sloan-research-fellowship-high-risk-high-return-research @CornellEng

Join Our Mailing List

Our mailing list is maintained through ACM.  You can join in 3 easy steps:

1. Join SIGARCH/SIGMICRO (you don’t need to be a full ACM member — you can join a SIG only which is pretty cheap!)


2. Update your gender in your myACM account (create/activate account as needed)

Student members: if you log into myACM, you should see a “My Student Profile” on the left menu.  This is where you can specify gender.
Professional members: if you log into myACM, you should see a “My Professional and Technical Interest Profile” on the left menu you.  This is where you can specify gender.
3. Accept to receive emails from ACM:
In myACM, under “My Contact Information”, “Email Policy”, “Current preference” should have the box “Please send me ACM Announcements via email” checked.

Join Our Slack Channel

We offer an informal mentoring program through our slack channel (wicarch.slack.com).  Women at all career stages are encouraged to join.  The mentoring program provides an easy way to connect with other women and receive advice on a wide range of career and personal issues.

If you need assistance in joining our mailing list or slack channel, please send email to wicarch-chair@acm.org.

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