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2018 IEEE WIE Forum USA East - Call for Papers and Participation

Dear Esteemed IEEE Members,

We are thrilled to chair the 2018 IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Forum USA East to be held on November 29 through December 1, 2018, in White Plains, New York. Following the great tradition of IEEE WIE Forum USA East, once again, we are welcoming a group of influential and accomplished women in technology to our program who would be inspiring you with their invaluable insights, personal journey, and lessons learned. Our 2018 program once again is focused on three tracks, Innovation, Empowerment, and Leadership.  Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in any of the tracks and learn firsthand from the speakers and panelists. 

We continue to embrace encouraging more women to pursue careers in the STEM field and to focus on retaining those that are in the field.

We welcome your active sponsorship, and participation in our program and look forward to welcoming you to the White Plains area.

For more information on the sponsorship levels and career fair, please visit: http://sites.ieee.org/wie-forum-usa-east-2018/files/2018/03/PatronGuide-2018-PDF.pdf

Call for Papers and Participation Topics:
•  Innovation: Emerging/Future/Disruptive Technical & Entrepreneurial
•  Development: communication skills in written and spoken word, effective dialog
•  Empowerment: Women as leaders in education, industry, and government
•  Work-Life balance: Family systems traditions and changes
•  Mentoring female leaders
•  Leadership development
•  Exploring the attrition gap
•  Panels, workshops, and hands-on demonstrations

Key Dates:
•  Deadline for all submissions    07/25/2018
•  Decision notification date        09/05/2018
•  Final Announcement        10/03/2018

Please visit our website for more info: http://sites.ieee.org/wie-forum-usa-east-2018/.

Dr. Charlotte Blair, Co-Chair
[email protected]

Maryam Rahmani, CISSP, Co-Chair
[email protected]

Advancing Diversity in EDA

This is a CEDA-sponsored event

Date: 2018-03-19

Time: 14:00-18:00

Location / Room: Seminar 1 (International Congress Center, Dresden, Germany)


Ayse Coskun, Boston University, US (Contact Ayse Coskun)
Eli Bozorgzadeh, Univ. of California, Irvine, US (Contact Eli Bozorgzadeh)

The goal of this event is to help facilitate women and underrepresented minorities (URM) to advance their careers in academia and industry, and consequently, to help increase diversity in the EDA community. Through an interactive medium, our aim is to provide practical tips to women and URM on how to succeed and overcome potential hurdles in their career growth, while at the same time, connecting senior and junior researchers to ignite longer-term mentoring relationships.

Please register for this event in line with your online registration to the DATE conference: https://www.date-conference.com/registration.


Time Label Session
14:00 FM04.1 Welcome and Introduction

Ayse Coskun, Boston University, US, Contact Ayse Coskun
Elaheh Bozorgzadeh, University of California, Irvine, US, Contact Eli Bozorgzadeh

14:15 FM04.2 Keynote: "VLSI Design Methods for Low Power Encryption"

Ingrid Verbauwhede, KU Leuven and UCLA, BE, Contact Ingrid Verbauwhede

In this talk, I will present the evolution in research on hardware security. I will also discuss current hot hardware security research topics going forward. This title also reflects my start in academia. It was the title of my very first NSF grant funded in a call on EDA "Design Automation for Micro and Nano Systems". I will use this and other examples to show how to survive in a research environment which might not be ready for either of them: women nor the need for hardware security.

14:45 FM04.3 Panel 1: Mastering Your Leadership Skills

Elaheh Bozorgzadeh, University of California, Irvine, US, Contact Eli Bozorgzadeh

X. Sharon Hu, University of Notre Dame, US, Contact X. Sharon Hu
Marilyn Wolf, Georgia Institute of Technology, US, Contact Marilyn Wolf
Nuria Llin, Texas Instruments, US, Contact Nuria Llin
Cristiana Bolchini, Politecnico di Milano, IT, Contact Cristiana Bolchini

This panel focuses on leadership development in academic and industry settings in EDA. Panel will address topics such as strategies for increasing upward mobility particularly for women and URM; developing leadership skills to create an innovative, productive, and inclusive environment; various alternative career paths towards inspirational leadership.

15:30 FM04.4 Coffee Break
16:00 FM04.5 Panel 2: Negotiating: Practical Strategies for Women and URM in Tech

Ingrid Verbauwhede, KU Leuven and UCLA, BE, Contact Ingrid Verbauwhede

Ian Harris, University of Californa Irvine, US, Contact Ian Harris
Aida Todri-Sanial, LIRMM, FR, Contact Aida Todri-Sanial

This panel addresses various aspects of negotiation in EDA industry and academia at different job levels, including regarding the gender and minority pay gap, when seeking promotions, or for increasing personal visibility at the workplace. The panelists will provide practical strategies as well as broader insights.

16:45 FM04.6 Panel 3: Work-Life Balance: Myth or Reality?

Hai Li, University of Pittsburgh, US, Contact Hai Li

Nele Mentens, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BE, Contact Nele Mentens
Chengmo Yang, University of Delaware, US, Contact Chengmo Yang
Laura Pozzi, USI Lugano, CH, Contact Laura Pozzi

This panel discusses observations, challenges, and methods regarding work-life balance, seeking answers to questions such as: What does balance mean at different stages of life and career? How do work-life balance and personal goals interact? Are there better (or worse) ways for time management?

17:30 FM04.7 Speed Mentoring Session

This structured mentoring session will match each mentee with a few mentors throughout the session, with the goals of getting quick tips and feedback, as well as identifying good mentor-mentee matches for longer-term mentorship.

18:00 FM04.8 Closing Remarks, followed by DATE Reception