What is WIM?
WIM stands for “Women in Microwaves” and is the subset of women in engineering working within the field of microwave engineering and typically active within the MTT society.
The mission of IEEE WIE is to facilitate the global recruitment and retention of women in technical disciplines.
WIM at IMS2015
To boost the number of female engineers is our industry first requires us to increase the visibility of women in engineering as well as to create networking opportunities for them. To this end, IMS2015 WIM organizers are hard at work putting together a fun and informative program of activities to foster relationships and networking within the growing community of women who make a career in the field of engineering.
The activities we’re planning for IMS2015 are focused on three important goals:
- Raise awareness of the importance of women in engineering to foster diversity and innovation
- Highlight prominent women engineers involved in emerging technology areas
- Provide a fun and festive social hour where the women can network and share experiences.
Here’s what’s going on at IMS2015 in Phoenix this year to celebrate and further promote women in microwaves.
Last year WIM trialed a new addition to the popular WIM social event by hosting a special keynote/panel session that featured Dr. John Bandler discussing “Awareness, Creativity, and Creative Thinking.” This year we are expanding this event to a full afternoon session that spotlights a diverse group of exceptional women and their involvement and contribution to our microwave engineering society.
Invited speakers include:
• Debabani Choudhury, Intel – 5G Technology
• Zoya Popovic, UC Boulder – Recent Advances in Power Amplifiers
• Dominique Schreurs, KU Leuven - Medical Sensing
• Alessandra Costanzo, Università di Bologna-Wireless Power Transmission
• Vesna Radisic, NGST-Emerging Space Technology
Session Chairs: Lora Schulwitz and Olga Boric-Lubecke
This WIM-sponsored panel session is titled “Diversity in Microwaves: Let’s Talk About the Demographics.” It will be moderated by Dr. Kate Remley, NIST Metrology for Wireless Systems Project. The panel will consist of both male and female participants that represent our global community with the intent to share and discuss issues that women and other minorities face in their career paths around the world.
Organizer: Dr. Kate A. Remley, National Institute of Standards and Technology
IEEE MTT-S Women in Microwaves Panelists:
• Charlotte Blair, Senior Application Engineer, ANSYS, US
• Helen Duncan, Managing Director, MWE Media Ltd., UK
• Rhonda Franklin, Professor, University of Minnesota, US
• Carmen Maya, Researcher and Professor, Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education at Ensenada, Baja CA (CICESE), Mexico
• Qiaowei Yuan, Professor, National Institute of Technology, Sendai College, Japan
This annual event has grown exponentially over the past few years as awareness has increased. This is a great opportunity for women and men alike to meet with old friends as well as make new connections to the growing community of women who make a career in the field of high technology.
Enjoy great food, refreshing beverages and warm conversation. Whether you are a woman seeking camaraderie or a male who’s trying to be a positive influence on the females in your life to either enter or remain in this technology field, we look forward to seeing you there!