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The goal of the Women of ECE group is to build a sense of community for women in the Cornell ECE department at all levels (students, postdocs, faculty) and share relevant information. This involves coffee/pizza hours for women in ECE, MAE and AEP, luncheons for faculty women in Engineering and various funding opportunities.

ECE Woman of the Month

Every month we celebrate an outstanding woman in ECE (student, postdoc, or professor). If you would like to nominate a candidate, please write Prof. Petersen at kirstin @

January 2018

Huili Grace Xing profile photoWho better to kick off the celebration of Women in ECE than our very own super hero professor Huili (Grace) Xing? Prof. Xing does groundbreaking research in devices and materials, including high-performance transistors and optoelectronics based on GaN, III-Vs, 2D-crystals and oxides, accompanied by extensive collaborations with industry and publications in high end journals such as Applied Physics Letters, Electron Device Letters, Nature journals, and Science. Her many prestigious awards include an NSF Career Award and a Young Investigator Program Award from the Air Force.

Prof. Xing started her career with a B.Sc. in Physics at Peking University, then went on to do a masters in Material Science and Engineering at Lehigh, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at UCSB. Prof. Xing spent a decade as faculty at the University of Notre Dame before co-founding the Jena-Xing group at Cornell in 2015. Among a multitude of service tasks, Prof. Xing frequently organizes events for female faculty, and with her positive and can-do attitude is a vital contributor to the supportive environment in the College of Engineering.  At home she enjoys acoustic pieces played by her 9-year old son.


The next scheduled events are:

  • Look for more events to come after Winter Break!

Group photo of a group of women in the PhEM (Physics, Electrical, Mechanical) meeting

Past events include:

  • Thursday 12/7, 12:15pm-1:15pm, 401 Physical Sciences Building: Women in STEM lunch [For Faculty only]
  • Saturday 12/2, 1pm in Upson Lounge: Have pizza with fellow women in ECE/MAE/AEP
  • Tuesday 11/21, 11:30-1pm in Upson 102: WISE Luncheon for faculty women
  • Wednesday 9/20, 4.30-6pm in Upson Lounge: Coffee hour with fellow women in ECE/MAE/AEP

The undergraduate women of ECE/MAE/AEP have created a slack channel. If you would like to join, please reach out to Prof. Petersen so she can connect you to the right people. If you would like to propose an event for women in ECE/MAE/AEP, please fill out this form and send it to Hadaskg and Kirstin @

Examples of group discussion topics:

  • How do I get 5 (!) recommendation letters?
  • What is the best way to land a good postdoc/industry job?
  • How do I solve my two-body issue?
  • How do I choose a good project to work on in my postdoc/faculty position in my Ph.D.?
  • If I TA during my grad studies will it help me get a faculty job?
  • How do I balance my career and family?
  • How do I get a summer internship?
  • How do I know what's an interesting job?
  • When I negotiate a faculty position or an industry job what kind of a startup/salary should I aim for?
  • How do I deal with (subtle) sexual harassment? When is it appropriate to speak up?

Important: Funds available for women@ece!

The ECE Women's Conference Travel Grants, Women's Professional Development Grants and Women's Technical Exposure Grants are funded by a gift from the IBM Corporation, with the goals of assisting in the retention of the current ECE female student population, increasing the presence of female scientists in high-rank ECE related positions both in academia and in industry, as well as in the recruiting of female students pursuing both graduate and undergraduate ECE degrees.

Please download (here) application forms for these 3 grants.

For more information please contact: