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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 @

June 2018

Hazal YukselPh.D. student Hazal Yuksel is one of the very few female scientists engaged in signal processing for RF circuits. We want to recognize Hazal for the amazing work she has done as a mentor and teaching assistant in Microelectronics, for which she just received the 2018 Outstanding TA Award from Cornell ECE. “She is an incredible teacher and really makes an effort to connect with her students. She is a role model for all women in analog design, where women are even less represented than in ECE overall,” says Leah Forrest, ECE B.S. ’18. Beyond mentoring, Hazal leads a prolific research career. Along with her advisor, ECE Professor Alyosha Molnar, she is co-leading a team to develop widely tunable frequency-division duplex radio transceivers. This work could allow peer-to-peer systems (like WiFi) to use many of the tricks presently only usable in cellular systems, and vice-versa, while also eliminating expensive off chip components, and allowing radios to be updated for new bands and standards with only a software upgrade! Hazal has been recognized widely for her skills with a Cornell Jacobs Fellowship, a George Sherrerd III memorial award, a SWE Goldman Sachs Scholarship, a AOE Engineering and Technical Science Achievement Scholarship, and graduating Magna cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree from Duke University. Please help us congratulate Hazal as June’s Cornell ECE Woman of the month - thank you for providing invaluable inspiration for a new generation of Cornell students!

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.