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WICE Awards 2019

This year’s awards are:

2019 – N²Women: Rising Stars in Computer Networking and Communications

We are very excited to announce the third list of “N2Women: Stars in Computer Networking and Communications” here.

WICE Chair’s article in GCN

See the article in April’s issue of Global Communications Newsletter: GCN_2019_04

WICE Awards 2018

This year’s awards are:

Professor Katie Wilson was selected for 2018 IEEE Harriet B. Rigas Award 

Katie was selected “for excellence in communications engineering, education and promoting equity.” This award recognizes outstanding faculty women who have made significant contributions to electrical/computer engineering education through excellence in teaching, encouraging and supporting increased participation of women in electrical/computer engineering, demonstrated scholarship/research, development of educational technology which enhances student learning, and/or service to the engineering profession. She will receive her award at the Frontiers in Education conference at the awards banquet on Friday October 5, 2018.

6th edition of the IEEE ComSoc Student Competition “Communications Technology Changing the World”

The Competition is open to graduate and undergraduate students, who are members of the IEEE Communications Society. Its purpose is to recognize students or teams of students who demonstrate the capacity to improve the lives of people, through the application of communication technology and the development of projects that meet the human needs of people.

The First Prize consists of $2000 + plaque.  Winner(s) will be invited to receive it at IEEE GLOBECOM 2018, Abu Dhabi.
See all details here. The deadline for submissions is 15 August.

WICE Awards 2018 – call for nominations

Information about these awards, including the nomination procedure, is available at:

The deadline to receive nominations is Sept. 25th.

Two new motions passed by ComSoc BoG

Two motions (about non harassment and collecting diversity statistics) were approved by ComSoc BoG during the last board meeting in ICC’2018. Please see here for more details.

Women in Engineering (WiE) Mini Conference at IEEE ANTS

IEEE International Conference on Advanced Networks and Telecommunications Systems  will be held on 17-20 December 2017 at C. V. Raman College of Engineering, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. The program includes a Women in Engineering (WiE) Mini Conference. See the following link for more information:

Statistics on Women awards

Some statistics provided by Prof. Andrea Goldsmith in a past WICE meeting may be also found here:


Medal Recognition

2016 Fellow Strategic Planning Subcommittee (FSPS) report

Please find in the following link some parts of the report with a very in-depth analysis of statistics of elevation of nominees by segmenting the data by several categories. The analysis based on gender is interesting.


WICE Panel at WCNC 2017: “How to encourage young women in Communications Engineering – best practices and experiences”

Date: Tuesday 21st March, 12:10PM – 1:30PM

Organized by IEEE ComSoc Women in Communications Engineering (WICE) Standing Committee and N2Women

Organizers: Ana Garcia Armada and Meryem Simsek

Sponsored by Intel

More information:

WICE supports the ComSoc Child Care Grant program

The pilot program took place at Globecom 2016. See the following link for more details:

This is planned to continue at ICC 2017 and Globecom 2017.

Prof. Andrea Goldsmith has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.



WICE Awards 2016

These year’s awards are:

Prof. Jean Armstrong awarded the IET Mountbatten Medal 2016

The Mountbatten Medal celebrates individuals who have made an outstanding contribution, over a period of time, to the promotion of electronics or information technology and their application. 2016 winner is Professor Jean Armstrong, Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, Monash University Australia, for her outstanding contribution, over a sustained period, to the promotion of electronics and their application.

More information:

Call for Nominations! 2016 IEEE ComSoc Best YP Awards

The IEEE ComSoc Young Professionals has launched the inaugural IEEE ComSoc Best YP Awards which recognize the remarkable achievements of young professionals to the Communications field.

More information:

Competition for Girls and Women

European project WeHubs is organizing an apps ideas competition for girls and women. More information can be found here.

Networking Networking Women (N2 Women) meeting at IEEE PIMRC 2016

IEEE PIMRC 2016 will host a new Networking Networking Women (N2 Women) meeting on Tuesday, September 6, 13:30-14:10. N2 Women is a discipline-specific community for researchers in the communications and networking research fields. Please feel free to join this meeting for networking and open discussion!

Theme: Tips Success in Different Stages of One’s Career

Main Speaker: Prof. Ana Garcia Armada, UC3M (Spain)

Venue: Auditorio 2, Valencia Congress Centre

Find additional information at

WISE Fireside Chat: Sustainable Cities

June 29, 2016; 6 to 7:30 pm. Kelly Shutlz of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Dale Bryk of Natural Resources Defense Council will discuss opportunities and challenges of pursuing climate goals from national and international perspectives. They will explore how cities are adapting to climate change through advanced technology and innovative policies. More information can be found here.

Women in Sustainability & Energy – Cleantech Pioneers

March 10, 20168:30 to 10 am. Join Building Energy Exchange for WISE, a program series that showcases women leaders who are accelerating the sustainability and energy efficiency of our buildings and cities. The eminent speakers and moderator will discuss their professional experiences and achievements, how they created opportunities within a male-dominated field, and insights on building a strong and supportive network for women in the industry. More information can be found here.
Women in Sustainability & Energy – Data-Driven Innovators

March 10, 20168:30 to 10 am. Join Building Energy Exchange for WISE, a program series that showcases women leaders who are accelerating the sustainability and energy efficiency of our buildings and cities. The eminent speakers and moderator will discuss their professional experiences and achievements, how they created opportunities within a male-dominated field, and insights on building a strong and supportive network for women in the industry. More information can be found here.

WICE Awards

WICE Awards were presented at IEEE Globecom 2015. See more information here

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10 women in networking/communications that you should know!

Details on these amazing women, as well as quotes from one of the many people who nominated these women, are available at:

Globecom 2015 WIE/WICE Panel on Global Innovation

Tuesday, December 8th, San Diego, CA. More information can be found here.

What is the impact of globalization on innovation?  In this interconnected world of global opportunities and collaboration, this panel will explore the topic of  innovation – from academic research and intellectual property view  to new locally and globally relevant ideas that inspire entrepreneurship in emerging economies. How is innovation nurtured across the world?  Are governments, companies, schools taking advantage of access to technologies and ideas to further innovation?  We will hear from a panel of industry experts on efforts at various levels in the engineering and technology communities to define, evolve and advance innovation.


Google Doodle Honors Hedy Lamarr for Her Engineering Smarts

In honor of what would have been Hedy Lamarr’s 101st birthday, Google has devoted its latest Doodle to the Hollywood siren, billed as the most beautiful woman in the world, who less famously helped devise what is now called spread-spectrum technology that shifts transmissions between different radio frequency bands to enable secure wireless communication. More information can be found here.

The IEEE Women in Engineering Virtual Career Fair

On Wednesday, 23 September 2015, the IEEE Job Site will be hosting an IEEE Women in Engineering Virtual Career Fair.  The IEEE Women in Engineering Virtual Career Fair enables you to reach technology employers without having to leave your home or office!  By registering for this event, you will meet leading technology employers that are looking to hire qualified candidates like yourselves. More information can be found here.

13 year old Keila Banks who started her coding journey at age 3

Keila Banks, a 13-year-old inner-city girl who codes, got on stage at the OSCON developer’s conference. Her speech was called “Undefinable me.” Her talk was about her story and how people around the world can do coding and anything computer related, from video editing, game development, to photo editing, with the right tools. In a self-confident tone, she inspired the 4,000-strong crowd by telling them she wasn’t going to be limited by how people label her and encouraged the audience to do the same. Read more here.

New program will recruit male allies in effort to retain women engineers 

A grant from the Engineering Information Foundation will help fund a new Ohio State University program that aims to improve the retention rate of women in engineering by empowering male students as engineering allies. By helping women students feel more connected to the College of Engineering, researchers hope to create a positive and more inclusive learning environment for the entire student body. More information can be found here.

Dr. Meryem Simsek receives IEEE ComSoc 2015 Fred W. Ellersick Prize

Congratulations to WICE member Dr. Meryem Simsek who has received the IEEE ComSoc 2015 Fred W. Ellersick Prize (formerly the Communications Society Magazine Prize Paper Award). This prize is awarded for the publication of an original paper in a Communications Society magazine in the previous 3 calendar years.

WICE Article at the Glocal Communications Newsletter

The April issue of the Glocal Communications Newsletter contains an interview with our WICE Chair, Prof. Octavia Dobre, on the WICE committee activities and plans for 2015 and beyond. The full article can be downloaded from here.

Interviews with WICE Members

Watch great interviews with our members here.

Early and Mid Career Mentoring Workshops

The Computer Research Association Committee on the Status of Women (CRA-W) offers Early and Mid Career mentoring workshops. These workshops bring in senior women to mentor early and mid career women. The goal of the workshops is to help women to have the tools they need to succeed in their organization. The workshops have parallel tracks focusing on National labs/Industry, Academia, and Educational institutions.

The next Early and Mid Career mentoring workshops will be held the weekend before FCRC 2015, June 13-14 in Portland Oregon. More information about the workshops including agendas can be found at

Mid Career Mentoring Workshop

Prof. Andrea Goldsmith receives the 2014 Edwin H. Armstrong Award

Congratulations to Prof. Andrea Goldsmith the recipient of the IEEE ComSoc 2014 Edwin H. Armstrong award for her sustained and fundamental contributions to wireless communications. This prestigious award is funded by the Armstrong Memorial Research Foundation. Andrea Goldsmith is the Stephen Harris professor in the School of Engineering and a professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. She was previously on the faculty of Electrical Engineering at Caltech. She co-founded and serves as Chief Scientist of Accelera, Inc., which develops softwaredefined wireless network technology, and previously co-founded and served as CTO of QuantennaCommunications Inc., which develops high-performance WiFi chipsets. She has previously held industry positions at Maxim Technologies, Memorylink Corporation, and AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Wolfram Summer Programs

Wolfram will be offering four unique summer program opportunities this June and July. These programs will be held at Bentley University near Boston, Massachusetts.
* Wolfram Science Summer School: since 2003, a unique educational and career opportunity to learn and do an original project at the frontiers of science, primarily for college and graduate students:
* Wolfram Innovation Summer School: a new program in which students learn hands-on from senior staff at Wolfram how to apply Wolfram’s unique approach to creating ideas and turning them into products and companies:
* Mathematica Summer Camp: from the creators of Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha, a project-oriented camp for high school students, teaching cutting-edge programming and mathematical computation:
* Wolfram Tech Innovation Summer Camp: a new camp providing a unique opportunity for entrepreneurial precollege students to learn about innovative technology and how to create it:

CTIA 2014 – The Future of the Women In Technology Program

As part of the Super Mobility Week program (, The CTIA has put together a number of events for women in technology, spanning over two days. The program includes a panel discussion on Mentoring, followed by a “Executive Women In Wireless Networking Reception” on September 9th, and “Women in Wireless Global Networking Luncheon” presented by Women In Wireless and “The Future of Internet of Things” discussion panel on September 10th. For more information on the programs and to participate in the survey run by the team click here.

Call for IPODI Women International Post-Doc Applications

The International Post-Doc Initiative (IPODI) of the Technische Universität Berlin will be awarding 21 two-year fellowships to international female researchers in three internationally open calls in 2013 – 2018. IPODI is part of an initiative (Wissenschaftlerinnen an die Spitze) that aims at increasing the number of women in leadership positions. IPODI addresses outstanding female researchers regardless of their nationality or age and is open to applications from all fields of research represented at the TU Berlin. The current call for applications is open between September 15 and December 15, 2014. For more information visit the IPODI website.

Faculty Positions at UC San Diego

The ECE Dept at UC San Diego has six faculty positions open for both the junior and mid-career level, in the areas of networking, big data, electronic devices and materials, robotics (especially robotics in medicine), and energy and power electronics.  In addition to the 6 departmental slots, the School has slots for people who make contributions to outreach and diversity, for any area of engineering. The recruitment info can be found at

Faculty Position at Seattle University

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Seattle University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning September 2015. Candidates with expertise in computer engineering and/or communications as well as interest in innovative teaching pedagogies are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will have a strong interest in teaching and mentoring students; an established record of research; an interest in pursuing external funding; and a genuine desire to contribute to the mission of Seattle University. Responsibilities will include teaching, maintaining an ongoing research program, and providing service to the university.

Requirements: Ph.D. in electrical engineering or closely related field.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is housed within the College of Science and Engineering. The undergraduate electrical engineering program is ABET-accredited and supports the University’s mission of educating the whole person, professional formation, and empowering leaders for a just and humane world.

Submit applications through, including a cover letter summarizing qualifications and potential contributions to Seattle University; curriculum vitae, statements of teaching philosophy and research plans, (unofficial) graduate transcripts, and contact information for three references. Letters of reference will be solicited upon completion of application. For full consideration, applications should be submitted by October 31, 2014.

For more information about the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Seattle, visit our website at Inquiries regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Agnieszka Miguel at


Rising Stars in EECS Workshop at the Berkeley University

This year the Rising Stars in EECS Workshop will be held at the Berkeley University from November 3-4, 2014. This workshop brings together women who are interested in careers in academia, for two days of scientific interactions and career-oriented discussions. It will include research talks/posters as well as presentations on aspects of life in academia – from finding a faculty position to parameters of success as a junior faculty member. Participants will have the opportunity to present their ongoing research, to interact informally with our faculty members at UC Berkeley and from MIT, and to receive advice for advancing their careers.

Women interested in a career in academia, who will have completed their Ph.D. study by Summer 2015, are invited to apply by June 15, 2014 (decisions will be made by early July).  For more information please visit the Rising Stars in EECS page.

Posted 22/05/2014 by Zahra Ahmadian


IEEE ComSoc Student Competition

The theme for this year’s IEEE ComSoc student competition is “Communications Technology Changing The World”. Since its announcement, the news of the competition and it’s alluring prizes of $2000 as first prize and $1000 as the 2nd prize have been attracting attention over IEEE social media channels.
This year, for the first time WICE will have a representative on board the program committee. We invite all WICE student and graduate student members to consider participating in the competition.

For more information please visit the IEEE ComSoc blog.

Posted 22/05/2014 by Zahra Ahmadian

Wonderful Cartoon on Women Role Models


Stories from the trenches:

Thoughts on being a Woman in Communications Engineering

by Katie Wilson

15 years ago, the number of women at Communications Conferences was few
and it is wonderful that there are now enough women for a technical
committee within Communications Society.

Here are my top 8 memories of being a woman in ComSoc:

  1. Only needing a first name. Women at ComSoc conferences didn’t needlast names. There was only one Andrea, one Ubli, one Milica, etc.
  2. No waiting for the ladies' room at ComSoc conferences.
  3. Fiddling with nametags designed for men with breast pockets.
  4. Being called a Communications Babe. As I get older, I miss those days.
  5. Sharing dinner, drinks and chatty emails with other women in ComSoc.
  6. Sharing dinner, drinks and chatty emails with my male colleagues from  ComSoc.
  7. Finding great mentors within ComSoc. You know who you are.
  8. Being able to pursue a field that I love.
What are your thoughts and stories on being on Women in Communications Engineering?

Tell us your story. Send us an email.