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

Welcome to Profiles of Women in Computer Architecture!

Lisa Hsu

As one of a small tribe of women in computer architecture sparsely scattered throughout the world, I’ve long been accustomed to being the only woman in the room. As I went through grad school and was often the only woman attendee of the computer architecture reading group for multiple years running, I began to spend a lot of time thinking about what was so strange about me that I was the only one left standing. I don’t particularly think of myself as a weirdo, but it seemed that based on the numbers, even among weirdos, I was a super weirdo.


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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Aporva Amarnath

PhD Student
University of Michigan
Personal URL

Research Statement

I am a Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan, exploring new and efficient designs and architectures for emerging technologies such as carbon nanotube based transistors for my research. My advisor is Prof. Ronald Dreslinski Jr.


Architecture For Emerging Technologies and Applications
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Lisa Wu

Postdoctoral Researcher
University of California Berkeley
Personal URL

Research Statement

Lisa Wu is a postdoctoral research fellow at University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, she was a research scientist at Intel Labs. Her research interests include computer architecture and microarchitecture, accelerators, energy-efficient computing, and emerging applications related to big data such as database and graph analytics, and healthcare such as genomics analytics for precision medicine. Wu has a PhD in computer science from Columbia University, a MS in computer science and engineering from University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and a BS in electrical and computer engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she was a computer and performance architect at Intel for many years, architecting various Xeon and IPF server processors including leading the Xeon Phi Vector Processing Unit architecture.


Accelerator-Based, Application-Specific and Reconfigurable Architecture, Architecture For Emerging Technologies and Applications, Evaluation and Measurement Of Real Systems, Instruction, Thread and Data-Level Parallelism, Processor, Memory, and Storage Systems Architecture
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Caroline Trippel

Ph.D. Candidate
Princeton University
Personal URL

Research Statement

Caroline Trippel is a fifth year Ph.D candidate in the Computer Science department at Princeton University. She is advised by Professor Margaret Martonosi on her dissertation research in the area of Computer Architecture, and more specifically, on the topic of concurrency and security verification in heterogeneously parallel systems. Caroline is a 2017-2018 NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Recipient. She has influenced the design of the RISC-V ISA memory consistency model both via full-stack memory consistency model analysis of its draft specification and her subsequent participation in the RISC-V Memory Model Task Group. Additionally, she has developed tools and techniques that synthesized two new variants of the recently publicized Meltdown and Spectre attacks. She received her B.S. in Computer Engineering from Purdue University in 2013, and her M.A in Computer Science from Princeton University in 2015.


Architectural Support For Programming Languages Or Software Development, Architectural Support For Security Or Virtualization, Architecture Modeling and Simulation Methodologies, Multiprocessor Systems
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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

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.


From this year’s @ieeemicro Top Picks: great work by Masoumeh Ebrahimi et al. on designing deadlock free networks: https://t.co/pcc8zzBNGQ

#tbt to Valentina Salapura et al.’s HPCA 2008 paper on Blue Gene/P snoop filters: https://t.co/bJOvQacrTp

How exciting! You’ll do an awesome job, Diana!

More @isca2018 preprints! This great paper comes from Akanksha Jain and her advisor on Rethinking Belady’s Algorithm: https://t.co/DvGkrp5SDh. Also, check out the lightning talk: https://t.co/IQcM5mANj6

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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