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

Srilatha (Bobbie) Manne

Dr. Srilatha Manne, known to everyone as Bobbie, is the general chair of the upcoming ISCA conference at the 2019 FCRC.  She recently joined the Quantum effort at Microsoft, after having spent 4 years at Cavium as Principal Architect, where her most re …


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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Nadja Holtryd

PhD student
Chalmers University of Technology
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Research Statement

I'm a PhD student at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. My current research focuses on scalable cache partitioning.


Multiprocessor Systems, Processor, Memory, and Storage Systems Architecture
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Shuang Chen

PhD Student
Cornell University
Personal URL

Research Statement

Shuang Chen is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Computer Systems Lab at Cornell University, advised by Prof. José F. Martínez and Prof. Christina Delimitrou. She is generally interested in computer architecture and systems, with a focus on datacenters and architectural support for emerging memory technologies.


Architecture For Emerging Technologies and Applications, Datacenter-Scale Computing, Processor, Memory, and Storage Systems Architecture
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Sarita Adve

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Research Statement

Sarita V. Adve is the Richard T. Cheng Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her primary research interest is at the hardware-software interface with work spanning computer architecture, programming languages, operating systems, and applications. Her current research is on scalable system specialization and approximate computing.

She co-developed the memory consistency models for the C++ and Java programming languages, which are based on her early work on data-race-free (DRF) models. More recently, her work questioned the conventional wisdom for memory models for heterogeneous systems and showed that DRF is a superior model even for such systems. She is also known for her contributions to cache coherence (she co-developed the simple and efficient DeNovo coherence protocol); hardware reliability (she co-developed software-driven approaches for hardware reliability in the SWAT project and the concept of lifetime reliability aware architectures and dynamic reliability management in the RAMP project); power management (she led the design of GRACE, one of the first systems to implement cross-layer energy management); exploiting instruction-level parallelism (ILP) for memory system performance (she co-authored some of the first papers on exploiting ILP for memory level parallelism); and evaluation techniques for shared-memory multiprocessors with ILP processors (she led the development of the RSIM architecture simulator).

Professor Adve was named a Woman of Vision in innovation by the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology in 2012, an IEEE fellow in 2012, an ACM fellow in 2010, and received the ACM SIGARCH Maurice Wilkes award in 2008. For three of the last five years (2014-18), Illinois CS has selected her students' PhD theses as one of the department's two nominations for the ACM doctoral dissertation award. She currently serves as the chair of ACM SIGARCH, on the DARPA/ISAT study group, and on the board of directors of the Computing Research Association (CRA).

She received the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1993 and 1989 respectively, and the B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay in 1987.


Accelerator-Based, Application-Specific and Reconfigurable Architecture, Architectural Support For Programming Languages Or Software Development, Architectural Support For Security Or Virtualization, Architecture For Emerging Technologies and Applications, Architecture Modeling and Simulation Methodologies, Datacenter-Scale Computing, Dependable Architecture, Instruction, Thread and Data-Level Parallelism, Iot, Mobile and Embedded Architecture, Multiprocessor Systems, Processor, Memory, and Storage Systems Architecture
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Itir Akgun

PhD Candidate
UC Santa Barbara
Personal URL

Research Statement

I am a PhD candidate in the ECE department of University of California, Santa Barbara under the guidance of Prof. Yuan Xie. I got my Master's degree also from UC Santa Barbara in 2015. I completed my undergraduate studies in the ECE department of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014.

My current research explores the design space of the memory fabric in memory-centric system architectures, given the emerging memory technologies and integration trends, to identify bottlenecks and trade-offs and proposes scalable solutions.


Architecture For Emerging Technologies and Applications, Datacenter-Scale Computing, Effects Of Circuits Or Technology On Architecture, Interconnection Network, Router and Network Interface Architecture, 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. Available soon!


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


Check the new WICARCH profile on Bobbie Manne! Lisa Hsu describes Bobbie’s “fearless ‘tell it like it is and let’s fix some problems’ attitude” and highlights her work in power and microarchitecture across a range of companies: https://t.co/GHkzdvgEJ8

“Little girls should be seen, not heard,” she was told. Here’s how one-time secretary Susan Eggers defied tradition and became the first woman to win computer architecture’s top award: https://t.co/orqSt0cmwc @intel @IBM @uwcse @UCBerkeley #EckertMauchlyAward #WomenInTech

“Little girls should be seen, not heard.” So Susan Eggers was told.

Here’s how a secretary of 18 years defied tradition–and became a computer scientist at age 47, developed SMT tech, and became the first woman ever to win computer architecture’s top award.

Congrats to Xiaochen Guo, @JishenZhao and Jing Li on their FY 2018 @NSF_CISE CAREER awards! Excited for the awesome research that will be coming from these!

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


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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.

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