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

Yasuko Eckert

The more I do these profiles, the more in awe I become of the forces of nature that make up our community.  The thing that is important to emphasize, I think, is that not a single one of the women I’ve profiled so far has had it easy.  So if you’re a y …


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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Nicole Rodia

Hardware Development Engineer
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Research Statement

I am interested in parallel and heterogeneous architectures and application-specific accelerators, and how we can design and program them to continue improving application performance and efficiency in the face of limits to frequency and power scaling.


Accelerator-Based, Application-Specific and Reconfigurable Architecture, Architecture For Emerging Technologies and Applications, Architecture Modeling and Simulation Methodologies, Evaluation and Measurement Of Real Systems, Instruction, Thread and Data-Level Parallelism, Multiprocessor Systems, Processor, Memory, and Storage Systems Architecture
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Lana Josipovic

PhD student
Personal URL

Research Statement

Hi! I am Lana, a doctoral student in the Processor Architecture Laboratory led by Professor Paolo Ienne.

My research focuses on bridging the gap between software and hardware with the purpose of building efficient circuits for Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). I develop new high-level synthesis (HLS) techniques: the purpose is to generate hardware designs from high-level programming languages and to enable software developers to build efficient accelerators. I aim to change the HLS paradigm so that the produced circuits share key features with modern superscalar processors and are able to handle important classes of irregular and control-dominated applications.

I am grateful to have received the Google PhD Fellowship, the EPFL EDIC Fellowship, and the Google Anita Borg (Women Techmakers) Scholarship.


Accelerator-Based, Application-Specific and Reconfigurable Architecture
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Jun Yang

University of Pittsburgh
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Research Statement

Jun Yang is a William Kepler Whiteford Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh, she was an assistant professor of the Computer Science and Engineering Department at University of California, Riverside. Jun received her bachelor from Nanjing University, China, and her PhD from the University of Arizona in 1995 and 2002 respectively. Jun’s research is in the broad area of computer architecture and her recent focuses include GPU designs, architecture level security, emerging memory technologies, 3D integration, and power and thermal management techniques. Jun is a recipient of NSF CAREER award in 2008, IEEE MICRO Top Picks award in 2010, and best paper awards of ISLPED 2013 and ICCD 2007. She was on the editorial board of IEEE Computer Architecture Letters, and she has served in the Organizing and Technical Program Committee in ISCA, MICRO, and HPCA, for many years. She has been included in the HPCA hall of fame since 2017.


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, Dependable Architecture, Effects Of Circuits Or Technology On Architecture, Instruction, Thread and Data-Level Parallelism, Multiprocessor Systems, Processor, Memory, and Storage Systems Architecture
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Amna Shahab

PhD Student
The University of Edinburgh
Personal URL

Research Statement

Amna Shahab is a 2nd-year PhD student at The University of Edinburgh, advised by Boris Grot. Her research interests broadly lie in computer architecture and more specifically on memory system design for emerging datacenter workloads. She also has a passion for teaching and hopes to learn how to effectively translate it into a passion for learning from students.


Architecture For Emerging Technologies and Applications, Datacenter-Scale Computing, Effects Of Circuits Or Technology On 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

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.


Today, “The Morning Paper” covered “An Open-source Benchmark Suite for Microservices and their Hardware-software Implications for Cloud & Edge Systems,” from ACM ASPLOS ’19: https://t.co/AGuTxrbbvJ

WICARCH has a new YouTube channel featuring recordings of the group’s new monthly webinar series. https://t.co/yK9UI00KYL

Congratulations to ADA Center Director Valeria Bertacco on receiving the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award https://t.co/7sjGAOhxY8

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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