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

Natalie Enright Jerger

Dr. Natalie Enright Jerger is a force to be reckoned with, with a resume of a person many years her senior.  She is deeply committed to positively impacting our community on many levels – whether through teaching at the University of Toronto, where she …


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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Martha Kim

Associate Professor
Columbia University
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Research Statement

Martha Kim is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University where she leads the ARCADE Lab. Kim's research interests are in computer architecture, parallel programming, compilers, and low-power computing. Her work has explored low-cost chip manufacturing systems, reconfigurable communication networks, and fine-grained parallel application profiling techniques. Her current research focuses on hardware and software techniques to improve the usability of hardware accelerators as well as data-centric accelerator design. Kim holds a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington and a bachelors in Computer Science from Harvard University. She is the recipient of the 2013 Rodriguez Family Award, the 2015 Edward and Carole Kim Faculty Involvement Award, a 2013 NSF CAREER award, and the 2016 Anita Borg Early Career Award.


Accelerator-Based, Application-Specific and Reconfigurable Architecture, Architecture For Emerging Technologies and Applications, Architecture Modeling and Simulation Methodologies, Instruction, Thread and Data-Level Parallelism, Iot, Mobile and Embedded 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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Alexandra Jimborean

Assistant Professor
Uppsala University
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Research Statement

Alexandra Jimborean received the PhD degree from the University of Strasbourg, France in 2012. She is assistant professor with Uppsala University since 2015. She was awarded the Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship offered by Google in recognition of excellent research, along with other 25 distinctions, awards and grants. Her research focuses on compile-time and run-time code analysis and optimization for performance and energy efficiency and on software-hardware co-designs.


Architectural Support For Programming Languages Or Software Development, Instruction, Thread and Data-Level Parallelism
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PhD Candidate
Carnegie Mellon University
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Research Statement

I am a PhD candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Carnegie Mellon and a member of the ABSTRACT research group led by Professor Brandon Lucia. My research interests include computer architecture and hardware/software codesign for resource constrained, embedded devices. My current research focuses on programming and execution models for intermittently powered, energy harvesting devices.


Architectural Support For Programming Languages Or Software Development, Evaluation and Measurement Of Real Systems, Iot, Mobile and Embedded 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.


Congrats to @eems_mit Vivienne Sze on being awarded the 2020 @OfficialACMW Rising Star Award!

Peipei Zhou is a research scientist at Shanghai Enflame Technology. Research interests: Reconfigurable Comp, Arch Modeling, HW/SW Co-design, DL Accelerator, Energy Efficient Arch., Cloud Computing, Data Science. She is interested in faculty positions. https://buff.ly/2PcU0F5

Fan Chen is a PhD candidate at Duke University. Her research interests include​ Computer architecture, Machine learning accelerators, emerging nonvolatile memory technologies. She is interested in faculty positions. More here: https://buff.ly/2PcU0F5

Xing Hu is a post doc at University of California, Santa Barbara Her research interests include Domain-specific accelerators, machine learning security. She is interested in faculty and industry research positions. More here: https://buff.ly/2PcU0F5

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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.
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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