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IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE)

IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to promoting women engineers and scientists and inspiring girls around the world to follow their academic interests to a career in engineering.  With the membership of women within the IEEE growing around the globe, the IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) was officially formed in 1994 and is now a committee of the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Board (IEEE WIE Homepage), with over 450 affinity groups and 15,000 members around the world.

Mission and Vision of IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE)

The mission of IEEE (WIE) is to facilitate the recruitment and retention of women in technical disciplines globally. 
IEEE WIE envisions a vibrant community of IEEE women and men collectively using their diverse talents to innovate for the benefit of humanity. 

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

The Women in Engineering - RAS (WIE-RAS) group was formed by the Member Activities Board (MAB) to inspire, engage and advance women in Robotics and Automation.
The WIE-RAS organizes 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.

IEEE Women In Engineering Liaison

Laura Margheri
The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy
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