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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Helena Caminal

Ph.D. student
Cornell University
Personal URL

Research Statement

Helena Caminal is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Computer Systems Lab at Cornell University, advised by Prof. José F. Martínez. She is generally interested in computer architecture and systems, with a focus on processing-in-memory.


Accelerator-Based, Application-Specific and Reconfigurable Architecture, Architecture For Emerging Technologies and Applications, Processor, Memory, and Storage Systems Architecture
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Alexandra Jimborean

Assistant Professor
Uppsala University
Personal URL

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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Jishen Zhao

Assistant Professor
Personal URL

Research Statement

I am an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at University of California, San Diego. My research spans and stretches the boundary between computer architecture and system software, with an emphasis on memory and storage systems and domain-specific acceleration. I am particularly interested in architecting emerging memory technologies (e.g., nonvolatile memories and 3D-stacked memory) into future data centers and edge computing systems that execute various applications, e.g., machine learning, big-data analytics, smart home, and smart transportation. I am also interested in developing deep learning to help computer systems design and programming.


Architecture For Emerging Technologies and Applications, Iot, Mobile and Embedded 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
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.


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/

A joint statement from SIGARCH, SIGMICRO, TCCA, and TCuARCH mourns lost lives and denounces racist violence. #blacklivesmatter https://www.sigarch.org/other-announcements/statement-about-recent-events/

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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