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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Tamara Lehman

PhD student
Duke University
Personal URL

Research Statement

Tamara Silbergleit Lehman is a 5th year PhD candidate at Duke university. Her thesis work focuses on reducing overheads of secure memory. More broadly, her research interests lie on the intersection of computer architecture and security. She is also interested in memory systems, simulation methodologies and emerging technologies. Tamara has a Bachelor's degree from University of Florida in Industrial Engineering and a Masters degree in Computer Engineering from Duke University. Her latest publication on understanding metadata access patterns in secure memory at ISPASS 2018 won the best paper award. Her earlier work on developing a safe speculation mechanism for secure memory published in MICRO 2016 got an honorable mention in Micro Top Picks.


Architectural Support For Security Or Virtualization, Architecture For Emerging Technologies and Applications, Architecture Modeling and Simulation Methodologies, Datacenter-Scale Computing, Evaluation and Measurement Of Real Systems, Multiprocessor Systems, Processor, Memory, and Storage Systems Architecture
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PhD Scholar
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
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Research Statement

Antara is doing a PhD at Computer Architecture and Dependable Systems Lab (CADSL), IIT Bombay in collaboration with the University of Tokyo. She is an Intel India PhD fellow and Google WomenTechmaker Asia-Pacific scholar. She is currently interning at Microarchitecture Research Labs (MRL), Intel India. Her areas of interest include near-data processing, 3D DRAMs, convolutional neural network, non-von Neumann architecture and related topics. She has worked on multicore cache coherence protocols during her masters at IIIT Delhi. Her work on dual-port SRAMs with ST Microelectronics was published in VDAT’16. She interned at SanDisk where she designed a digital duty cycle corrector for NAND flash high-speed interface. She has also worked in automotive electronics at TATA Motors Sanand plant.


Accelerator-Based, Application-Specific and Reconfigurable Architecture, Architecture For Emerging Technologies and Applications, Architecture Modeling and Simulation Methodologies, Effects Of Circuits Or Technology On Architecture, Processor, Memory, and Storage Systems Architecture
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Noa Zilberman

University of Cambridge
Personal URL

Research Statement

Noa Zilberman is a Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge Computer Science and Technology Department. Her research focuses on high performance systems, combining aspects of computer networks, computer architecture, reconfigurable hardware and systems. She has over 15 years of industrial experience, in design, management and architecture roles. In her last role before joining Cambridge, she was a Senior Principal Chip Architect at Broadcom's Network Switching group. In Cambridge she is a PI on multiple projects studying high performance networked-systems and the Chief Architect of the NetFPGA-SUME platform, an open source platform for networking research.
Noa is a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow, a Newton Trust Research Fellow, a Wolfson College Research Fellow (Title BI) and a Senior Member of IEEE. She received her PhD in Electrical Engineering from Tel-Aviv University.


Accelerator-Based, Application-Specific and Reconfigurable Architecture, Datacenter-Scale Computing, Evaluation and Measurement Of Real Systems, Interconnection Network, Router and Network Interface Architecture
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Catherine Easdon

PhD Student
Graz University of Tehnology
Personal URL

Research Statement

I'm a PhD student researching microarchitectural security and side-channel attacks in the CoreSec group at the IAIK, Graz University of Technology. Developing microarchitectural attacks and countermeasures has exposed me to many subfields of computer architecture. I'm particularly interested in ISA design and instruction decoding, the 'conflict' between energy efficiency and security, and whether we can rearchitect the CPU and the memory subsystem to reduce this conflict.


Architectural Support For Programming Languages Or Software Development, Architectural Support For Security Or Virtualization, 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.


Applications are now open for 2022 Rising Stars in EECS workshops to be hosted by @utexasece and @UTCompSci at @UTAustin on Oct. 27-28. Apply now! at http://risingstars.utexas.edu #WhatStartsHere #TexasEngineering #TexasComputerScience #RisingStarsEECS

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Be sure to register for each of the three sessions currently announced, and sign on for the Google Form to stay in the loop about future ones! (Links in article.) https://twitter.com/sigarch/status/1400874243953463297

**New Deadline: March 29 11:59pm ET**

You can still quantum at @ISCAConfOrg!

Submit to I2Q, organized by members of @EPiQCExpedition / @UChicagoCS!

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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.
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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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