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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 @

July 2018


Please join us this month in celebrating our new Director of ECE, Professor Alyssa Apsel!  Alyssa joined Cornell in 2002, after received her B.S. from Swarthmore College in 1995 and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 2002.  Her research is focused on power-aware mixed signal circuits in modern designs, and this has promoted numerous research awards (she was listed in the world's 100 Top Young Innovators by Technology Review magazine!) over 100 refereed publications (and best paper awards), and 10 patents with more pending.  

Alyssa is a force of nature; she has also served as Director of Graduate Studies and done wonders for our curriculum, winning notable awards including a recent Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE CAS Society.  We couldn't help but notice this quote on Rate-My-Professor; "I simply choose my career path after taking her class.  I want to do what she does".  And now Alyssa is ready to take the reins of ECE; her plans include continued aggressive recruitment and stronger involvement with Cornell Tech.  No doubt she can pull this off.  Alyssa just concluded her second year as Visiting Professor at Imperial College in London, and we are thrilled to have her back! 

Find previous ECE Woman of the month spotlights here.


The next scheduled events are:

  • May 6, 2018: PhEM meeting, 2:00pm, Upson 202

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

Past events include:

  • March 2, 2018: Johnson Women in Technology Conference
  • December 7, 2017: Women in STEM lunch, 12:15pm-1:15pm, 401 Physical Sciences [For Faculty only]
  • December 2, 2017: Have pizza with fellow women in ECE/MAE/AEP, 1pm,Upson Lounge
  • November 21, 2017: WISE Luncheon for faculty women, 11:30-1pm, Upson 102
  • September 20, 2017: Coffee hour with fellow women in ECE/MAE/AEP, 4.30-6pm, Upson Lounge

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.