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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Evey Liu

Junior Graduate Student
University of Toronto
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Research Statement

Evey Liu recently finished her undergraduate study at the University of Waterloo for Computer Engineering. She will begin graduate school at the University of Toronto with supervisor Natalie Enright Jerger in January 2019. She is passionate about generic computer architecture and is open to explore different specializations within the field.


Datacenter-Scale Computing, Interconnection Network, Router and Network Interface Architecture, Multiprocessor Systems, Processor, Memory, and Storage Systems Architecture
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Narges Shahidi

Software Engineer
Personal URL

Research Statement

I recently graduated from Penn State University. My research at Penn State was focused on memory and storage architecture. I worked on NAND flash solid state drives on cloud and enterprise environments. I also did an internship at Memory Solution Lab in Samsung Semiconductor where I worked on open channel solutions for SSD storage architectures. I am now a Software Engineer at Google platform team working on system drivers for cloud storages.


Processor, Memory, and Storage Systems Architecture
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Shaizeen Aga

AMD Research
Personal URL

Research Statement

Shaizeen is a Researcher at AMD Research. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2013 and 2017, respectively. Her research interests include design of novel near-data computing solutions and techniques to reduce data movement in heterogeneous systems. She has received several awards and honors for her research including winning the best demo award at the 2016 Center for Future Architectures Research (CFAR) Annual Research Review which showcased nearly 50 projects in computer architecture related topics from several leading institutions. Her work during her undergraduate days won 1st place in Parallel Computing at Imagine Cup 2009, a worldwide student technical competition organized by Microsoft.


Architecture For Emerging Technologies and Applications, Processor, Memory, and Storage Systems Architecture
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Ana Klimovic

Graduate Student
Stanford University
Personal URL

Research Statement

I am a PhD student at Stanford University, advised by Professor Christos Kozyrakis. I am interested in computer systems and architecture, particularly in the context of large-scale datacenters. My research focuses on improving resource utilization in distributed computer and storage systems while providing high, predictable performance. My internships at Facebook and Microsoft Research have greatly inspired my research directions. Before coming to Stanford, I graduated from the Engineering Science undergraduate program at the University of Toronto.


Datacenter-Scale Computing, Evaluation and Measurement Of Real Systems, Multiprocessor 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.


Atefeh Mehrabi is moderating a timely discussion on navigating unanticipated career turns. Part of a workshop for women and minorities at MICRO co-organized by SAIL alumna Tamara Lehman. https://www.colorado.edu/conference/cwwmca/

ADA PI @SaritaAdve has earned election as a 2020 member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Congratulations Sarita!


While CRA has a long history of celebrating, promoting, and advocating for inclusivity, we cannot be satisfied with continuing the status quo. We will continue to actively stand against discrimination and hatred. https://cra.org/cras-position/

A blog post I wrote on the @sigarch blog. Please share to any interested graduate student wanting to help!

Now More Than Ever, Students Should Come Together https://www.sigarch.org/now-more-than-ever-students-should-come-together/

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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