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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Graduate Student Researcher
University Of California, Riverside
I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. I work with Distinguished Prof. Laxmi Narayan Bhuyan and Prof.Daniel Wong and am a member of SoCal Lab at UCR. My interest lies in Computer Architecture , GPGPU Architecture design, High Performance Computing, Fault-Tolerance systems. I have worked on multiple projects on Data- Dependent Applications on GPGPU, Low power Design of GPGPU Execution units and have achieved notable improvements in terms of Performance gain and Power and Area saving.Instruction, Thread and Data-Level Parallelism, Iot, Mobile and Embedded Architecture, Multiprocessor Systems
Jing (Jane) Li
Dugald C. Jackson Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin Madison
San Jose State University
Hyeran Jeon joined San Jose State University in August 2015. Her research interests lie in energy-efficient high-throughput processor and systems design. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California in 2015. She spent her summer at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and the fall at AMD Research as a research intern in 2012. Before pursuing her Ph.D., she worked as a systems software engineer at Samsung Electronics, Korea from 2002 to 2009. Hyeran obtained her M.S. from Georgia Institute of Technology and Korea University in 2008, and B.S. from Pusan National University, Korea in 2002.Architecture For Emerging Technologies and Applications, Instruction, Thread and Data-Level Parallelism, Processor, Memory, and Storage Systems Architecture
Sally A McKee
McKee received her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Yale University, master’s from Princeton University, and doctorate from the University of Virginia. Her dissertation advisor was Bill Wulf, with whom she worked on memory systems architecture. Together they coined the now-common term the “memory wall” to describe a situation in which processors are always waiting on memory, and CPU performance is therefore entirely limited by memory performance.
Before graduate school, McKee worked for Digital Equipment Corporation and Microsoft Corporation. She has also held internships at Digital Equipment Corporation’s Systems Research Center (now HP Labs) and the former AT&T Bell Labs. McKee worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the University of Virginia Computer Science Department for a year after graduating (waiting for the chip to come back from fab) and as a Computer Architect at Intel’s Microcomputer Research Lab in Oregon for the next two years. During her time at Intel, she also taught at the Oregon Graduate Institute and Reed College. McKee was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Utah’s School of Computing from 1998 to 2002, where she worked on the Impulse Adaptable Memory Controller project. She joined Cornell University’s Computer Systems Lab within the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2002. She moved to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology in 2008, and she became the C. Tycho Howle endowed chair within the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson University in 2018. She spent the 2017 calendar year on sabbatical at Rambus Labs in Sunnyvale, CA.
Her research has historically focused mainly on analyzing application memory behavior and designing more efficient memory systems together with the software to exploit them. Achieving this broad objective requires developing new underpinnings for system understanding, and thus she and her students and collaborators have developed new approaches to performance analysis; built scalable tools for application analysis and system modeling; designed architectures to enable more comprehensive system introspection and analyses; designed efficient memory systems for HPC and embedded platforms; and automated memory optimizations for HPC applications.
Accelerator-Based, Application-Specific and Reconfigurable Architecture, Architectural Support For Programming Languages Or Software Development, Architectural Support For Security Or Virtualization, Architecture Modeling and Simulation Methodologies, Datacenter-Scale Computing, Evaluation and Measurement Of Real Systems, Processor, Memory, and Storage Systems Architecture
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