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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PhD Student
IIIT Delhi
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Research Statement

Mitali is a PhD student at Advanced Multicore Systems (AMS) lab, IIIT Delhi. Her research interests lie in the area of designing efficient many-accelerator systems and developing energy-efficient hardware accelerators for deep neural networks. Her recent work on CNN hardware accelerators was published in ASAP'18. She has also contributed to research work published in conferences including ISCAS'18, ISVLSI'18, IGSC'18.


Accelerator-Based, Application-Specific and Reconfigurable Architecture, Architecture For Emerging Technologies and Applications, Datacenter-Scale Computing, Interconnection Network, Router and Network Interface Architecture, Multiprocessor Systems, Processor, Memory, and Storage Systems Architecture
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Sarita Adve

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Research Statement

Sarita V. Adve is the Richard T. Cheng Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her primary research interest is at the hardware-software interface with work spanning computer architecture, programming languages, operating systems, and applications. Her current research is on scalable system specialization and approximate computing.

She co-developed the memory consistency models for the C++ and Java programming languages, which are based on her early work on data-race-free (DRF) models. More recently, her work questioned the conventional wisdom for memory models for heterogeneous systems and showed that DRF is a superior model even for such systems. She is also known for her contributions to cache coherence (she co-developed the simple and efficient DeNovo coherence protocol); hardware reliability (she co-developed software-driven approaches for hardware reliability in the SWAT project and the concept of lifetime reliability aware architectures and dynamic reliability management in the RAMP project); power management (she led the design of GRACE, one of the first systems to implement cross-layer energy management); exploiting instruction-level parallelism (ILP) for memory system performance (she co-authored some of the first papers on exploiting ILP for memory level parallelism); and evaluation techniques for shared-memory multiprocessors with ILP processors (she led the development of the RSIM architecture simulator).

Professor Adve was named a Woman of Vision in innovation by the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology in 2012, an IEEE fellow in 2012, an ACM fellow in 2010, and received the ACM SIGARCH Maurice Wilkes award in 2008. For three of the last five years (2014-18), Illinois CS has selected her students' PhD theses as one of the department's two nominations for the ACM doctoral dissertation award. She currently serves as the chair of ACM SIGARCH, on the DARPA/ISAT study group, and on the board of directors of the Computing Research Association (CRA).

She received the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1993 and 1989 respectively, and the B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay in 1987.


Accelerator-Based, Application-Specific and Reconfigurable Architecture, 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, Datacenter-Scale Computing, Dependable Architecture, Instruction, Thread and Data-Level Parallelism, Iot, Mobile and Embedded Architecture, Multiprocessor Systems, Processor, Memory, and Storage Systems Architecture
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Narges Shahidi

Software Engineer
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Research Statement

I recently graduated from Penn State University. My research at Penn State was focused on memory and storage architecture. I worked on NAND flash solid state drives on cloud and enterprise environments. I also did an internship at Memory Solution Lab in Samsung Semiconductor where I worked on open channel solutions for SSD storage architectures. I am now a Software Engineer at Google platform team working on system drivers for cloud storages.


Processor, Memory, and Storage Systems Architecture
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Hoda Naghibijouybari

PhD Student
UC Riverside
Personal URL

Research Statement

I am a PhD student at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at University of California, Riverside. I am advised by Professor Nael Abu-Ghazaleh.

My research focuses on Architectural Support for Security, GPU Security, Side Channels and Covert Channels. I am also interested in Computer Architecture.


Architectural Support For Security Or Virtualization

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.


Margaret Martonosi wins this year’s ACM SIGARCH Alan D.
Berenbaum Distinguished Service Award for her “outstanding leadership in
recruiting, retaining, and advancing women and under-represented minorities and raising awareness of the importance of diversity to the community”!

(Please RT) SIGARCH/SIGMICRO CARES members express our sadness regarding the passing of Huixiang Chen. ISCA leadership will soon issue a statement. CARES members wish to remind all affected by the tragedy that you are not alone. (1/2) https://t.co/kIpOroqlBb

Prof. @margmartonosi wins the Alan D. Berenbaum Distinguished Service Award. She highlights architecture’s problems, progress, and leadership on diversity and inclusion. #isca19

Anastasia Ailamaki is the recipient of the 2019 ACM SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award for her pioneering work on the architecture of database systems, its interaction with computer architecture, and scientific data management. https://t.co/n0nUQiEVX6

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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