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Women in Engineering

History of IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE)

With the membership of women within the IEEE growing around the globe, the IEEE WIE was officially formed in 1994 and is now a committee of the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Board. Devoted to promoting the advancement of women in all IEEE technical fields as well as encouraging youth to pursue careers in science and engineering, the mission is to facilitate the recruitment and retention of women in technical disciplines globally such that IEEE women and men can collectively take advantage of their diverse talents for technical innovation to benefit the humanity. Women’s membership in the IEEE from locations outside of the United States is rapidly growing and will likely double this decade, showing an increase of more than 4,000 members since 2008.

IEEE Women In Engineering at Robotics and Automation Society (WIE-RAS)

WIE-RAS is the women engineering group within the Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), which is currently under the direction of Member Activities Board (MAB) at RAS. In order to make connections both virtually and face to face, WIE-RAS has organized the following activities.

"Birds of a Feather" Women Luncheons:

The "Birds of a Feather" ("BOF") Women Luncheons offer the opportunity to young female researchers to discuss informally with senior faculty members around a free lunch. 

"Birds of a Feather" Women Luncheons are routinely held as one of the social events during each year’s ICRA, IROS and CASE. These events are as part of services by WIE and MAB. To participate, please make sure to select "BOF Women Lunch" option when you register to these conferences.

Guest Speakers at our previous Women Luncheons include:

  • Robin Murphy, Professor at Texas A&M University, IEEE Fellow
  • Nancy Amato, Professor at Texas A&M University
  • Lynne Parker, Professor at the University of Tennessee, IEEE Fellow
  • Melonee Wise, Manager of Robot Development at Willow Garage
  • Leslie Pack Kaelbling, Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Women in Engineering

Recent BOF Women Luncheon Activities

WIE Column in the IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine

March 2013
December 2012
September 2012

Email Aliases:

WIE-RAS has set up two email aliases such as This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for all WIE-RAS members and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for our organizing WIE-RAS committee within the last several years. We have recruited totally 714 WIE-RAS members in our alias so far where more official information are released. If any of you are interested, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to ask for being invited. If you want to join our organizing committee, please contact the WIE Liaison directly.

Lists of Organizing Boards (alphabetical order):

  • Nancy Amato, Texas A&M Univ.
  • Aude Billard, EPFL
  • Cynthia Breazeal, MIT
  • Alicia Casals, UPC
  • Danica Kragic, KTH
  • Maja Mataric, USC
  • Robin Murphy, Texas A&M Univ.
  • Allison Okamura, Johns Hopkins Univ.
  • Mihoko Otake, U. Tokyo
  • Lynne E. Parker, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville 
  • Daniela Rus, MIT
  • Adriana Tapus, ENSTEA
  • Andrea Thomaz, Georgia Tech
  • Manuela Veloso, CMU
  • Xiaorui Zhu, Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School

LinkedIn Group:

RAS WIE Group” at LinkedIn is another way for our members to communicate. If you want to make closer friends or to announce some personal news, please take advantage of this LinkedIn group to participate in more activities initiated by our members.

Laura Margheri

IEEE Women In Engineering Liaison
Potedera-Pisa, Italy
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