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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Aporva Amarnath

PhD Candidate
University of Michigan
Personal URL

Research Statement

I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan, exploring new and efficient designs and architectures for emerging non-Si CMOS technologies such as Carbon nanotube transistors and Silicon Carbide transistors for my research. My advisor is Prof. Ronald Dreslinski Jr.


Architecture For Emerging Technologies and Applications
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Reetuparna Das

Assistant Professor
University of Michigan
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Research Statement

Reetu Das is an Assistant Professor at University of Michigan. Prior to this, she was a research scientist at Intel Labs, and the researcher-in-residence for the Center for Future Architectures Research. She received her PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, University Park. Some of her recent projects include in-memory architectures, fine-grain heterogeneous core architectures for mobile systems, and low-power scalable interconnects for kilo-core processors. Her research program has been funded by National Science Foundation, the Center for Future Architectures Research (C-FAR), Semiconductor Research Corporation and Intel Corporation. Reetu is an expert in computer architecture. She has authored over 45 papers, filed 7 patents and served on over 20 technical program committees. She has served as a track chair for Design Automation Conference for two consecutive years. Her research has been recognized by several awards. She has received outstanding research and teaching assistantship awards at Pennsylvania State University, an IEEE Top Picks award, an NSF CAREER award, CRA-W Borg Early Career Award, IEEE/ACM MICRO Hall of Fame award and was recently inducted to ISCA Hall of Fame. Her recent work on in-memory design named Compute Caches received the best Demo award in C-FAR and was selected from 50 projects from leading University research groups. She also serves as the CEO of a precision medicine start-up, Sequal Inc.


Accelerator-Based, Application-Specific and Reconfigurable Architecture, Architectural Support For Security Or Virtualization, Architecture For Emerging Technologies and Applications, Effects Of Circuits Or Technology On Architecture, Interconnection Network, Router and Network Interface Architecture, Iot, Mobile and Embedded Architecture, Processor, Memory, and Storage Systems Architecture
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Maria Angélica

PhD student
Universidad de Zaragoza
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Research Statement

I am working with heterogeneous systems, specifically with CPU, GPU and FPGA. I am investigating the behavior of a heterogeneous node, evaluating the interaction and how it can improve the execution time and energy consumption.


Accelerator-Based, Application-Specific and Reconfigurable Architecture, Architectural Support For Programming Languages Or Software Development
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Gnanambikai Krishnakumar

Ph.D. candidate
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
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Research Statement

I'm a Ph.D. candidate at Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, advised by Prof. Chester Rebeiro. My research interests are broadly in the area of secure systems design, with a specific focus on micro-architecture level solutions against various attacks against cryptographic implementations, such as cache side-channel attacks. I'm also interested in exploring the applications of AI to help in building a more secure framework. I was one among the 12 candidates across the world to present my research at Lenovo AI Innovation Challenge Event at SuperComputing Conference 2017, Denver, Colorado. I was also one of the three-member team from IIT Madras that won the First Place in the CSAW Embedded Security Challenge 2016. We designed a secure implementation of an OpenRISC processor to detect and prevent buffer overflow attacks.


Architectural Support For Security Or Virtualization, 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.


Warmest congrats to Lizy John on being elevated to ACM Fellow! Well-deserved!


The first in a series of two blogposts that I wrote about my 2018-2019 academic job search experience. Best of luck to all those applying this year! 🎉 https://twitter.com/sigarch/status/1341447916309889024

Atefeh Mehrabi is moderating a timely discussion on navigating unanticipated career turns. Part of a workshop for women and minorities at MICRO co-organized by SAIL alumna Tamara Lehman. https://www.colorado.edu/conference/cwwmca/

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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