At the IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (WIE ILC, 22-23 May 2017 in San Jose, CA) attendees will have the opportunity to create communities that fuel innovation, facilitate knowledge sharing and provide support through highly interactive sessions designed to foster discussion and collaboration. WIE ILC focuses on providing leading-edge professional development for mid-level and senior women.
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To inspire, engage and advance women in engineering. Through over 700+ affinity groups and 18,500+ members around the world, IEEE Women in Engineering transforms the lives of hundred of thousands of young girls and women around the world through pre-university outreach, technical seminars, humanitarian projects, networking events and educational programs.
Skills to foster innovation, lead innovative teams, foster creative cultures or develop disruptive technology
Tracks which focuses on women empowerment and help women advance in their careers and encourage girls in STEM
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2017 Planning Committee
Nita PatelConference Chair
Takako Hashimoto2015 IEEE WIE Chair
Takako Hashimoto graduated from the Ochanomizu University, and received a Ph.D. in computer science, specialization in multimedia information processing, from the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering of University of Tsukuba in 2005. She worked at the software R&D center of Ricoh Co. Ltd., in Japan, and participated in the development of many software products as a technical leader including international collaborative research handling. From 2009, she has become a faculty of Chiba University of Commerce. Currently, she has focused on the data mining research and the visual instruction method development for finance engineering.
From 2011, she's been serving as the IEEE Region 10 Women in Engineering (WIE) Coordinator and from 2013, she has been part of the IEEE WIE Committee as the chair of the membership/affinity group sub-committee. She has been part of the R10 Humanitarian Technology Activity Committee as well, and organized the R10-HTC 2013 in Japan as part of the organizing committee. In 2015, she will be IEEE WIE Chair.
Keyana TennantFinance/Local Arrangements
Janet FloresExecutive Account Manager, Rockwell Automation
Yumiko TakamoriProject Manager, Intel
RoxsanaNew Product Program Manager, Cisco
She was featured in the Focus magazine for Women of Cisco All-Star in June of 2016.
She has BSEE & MSEE from S. Illinois University.Roxsana is an IEEE Senior member; co-founders of the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Women in Engineering (WIE) in 2002: Chair from 2006 through 2012 with Certificate of appreciation from SCV Section and currently is a WIE Sr. Advisor. In 2009, she served as IEEE SCV Section Chair with Certificate of appreciation from IEEE President and previously served as Secretary, Treasurer and Vice Chair.
She has been Cisco’s Corp Liaison to IEEE-SCV section from 2014 thru 2015. She has been 2015 & 2016 IEEE Central Area Awards Chair to Region 6. She was 2015 IEEE-USA representative to DiscoverE Foundation Steering Committee.
She was instrumental in Cisco’s Title sponsorship at 2015 & 2016 IEEE WIE International Leadership Conference and participated as keynotes & committee member hence the recipient of the 2015 Section Award for her significant Contribution.
She was also the recipient of the certificate for 2015 IEEE Women In Engineering Inspiring Member of the Year with Honorable Mention.She was an advisor to the IEEE Spectrum Media Group and had included Tesla Motors and Cisco Systems in a number of events from 2007 thru 2011. She values the impact of IEEE on her life and attended yearly Silicon Valley Engineers Week Banquet and ACE Award including ceremony for IEEE Spectrum Group award winners from 2005 thru 2014.
She was the speaker and panelist for IEEE-SCV-WIE event on Feb 6, 2014 at Stanford University on “how to grow stronger through rapid changes in technology” for IEEE-SCV-WIE and Student branch development. Also panelist for "Women in Engineering in Management: Truth Talk" on Sep., 3rd 2015 at AMD in Sunnyvale, CA hosted by SCV TEMS (Technology and Engineering Management Society) and SCV WIE.
Shana PepinProject Specialist, Meetings, Conference & Events (MCE), IEEE
With a B.A. in Public Relations and minor in Journalism from Rowan University, Shana has a background in writing and communications. She also loves meeting new people and broadening her horizons.
Nivas RavichandranPublicity Chair, WIE ILC
With IEEE, he is the Region 10 (APAC) Young Professionals Coordinator for 2016 and the Vice-Chair of All IEEE Young Engineers' Humanitarian Challenge. He also played a key role in the IEEE India Strategic Initiative Committee in the Entrepreneurship and Internship Initiatives.
Tittu VargheseWeb Team Lead, WIE ILC
Joseph WeiManaging Director, Lab360 Hardware Incubator
Joseph Wei is the Managing Director of Lab360. Lab360 is supported by Qihoo 360 (NYSE:QIHU), one of the leading Internet companies in China. Joseph is an experienced entrepreneur, investor and a mentor of startups. Prior to Lab360, he founded SJW Consulting Inc., a technology and business strategy consulting and advisory firm for many of the top tech companies. He has led several new businesses that pioneered innovative products, and, generated over $500 million in revenue when he held executive positions at Inventec (top 5 ODM from Taiwan), Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI), NEC and DEC (acquired by Compaq/HP). He is recognized for his expertise in wearables, IoT, Cloud computing, and is a frequent speaker and author on these topics. He is a senior member of IEEE, the world's largest technical professional association with over 400,000 members, the Chair of the IEEE Section and the Vice Chair of the Consumer Electronics Society for the Santa Clara Valley (Silicon Valley). He is also an advisor to several startups, as well as a mentor to AngelHack HACKcelerator and RoyseLaw AgTech Incubator.
Jie XueSenior Director, Technology & Quality Cisco Systems, Inc.
Jie Xue leads Cisco’s Technology and Quality organization, a global team responsible for delivering customer-driven quality and leading edge technology solutions at Cisco. Prior to joining Cisco, Jie held several management and engineering positions at Motorola, Inc., working on R&D and product development.
She is an IMAPS Fellow, IEEE Fellow, President of IEEE – Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society (CPMT) in 2014-2015, and IEEE-CPMT Distinguished Lecturer. She received YWCA Tribute to Women TWIN Awards in 2015. She also has published more than 90 technical papers, holds 12 patents, and has given keynote talks at many international conferences.
Jie holds a Bachelor of Science from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China and a Master of Science and PhD from Cornell University.
Alina BennyMember, Publicity Team
Alina also volunteers as the Region 10 Women In Engineering Deputy Information Manager and as content volunteer for multiple regional and global conferences in IEEE. During her undergrad in Engineering, she was also a freelance side-hustler in content with NASSCOM, Tech In Asia and other top startups in Asia.
Susmitha MMember, Web team
Amaad SoomroMember, Publicity Team
He is also a passionate IEEE Volunteer. He has been actively volunteering at IEEE since 4 years. Recently selected as Region 10 Coordinator for Young Professionals at Microwaves also He is the Lead Graphic Designer at IEEE Region 10 Young Professionals. He received 2015 Outstanding IEEE Volunteer Award from IEEE Karachi Section.