SMC Women in Engineering

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 was officially formed in 1994 and is now a committee of the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Board (see the IEEE WiE Homepage), with over 450 affinity groups and 15,000 members around the world.

Mission and Vision of IEEE Women in Engineering

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 Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (WiE-SMCS)

The Women in Engineering – SMCS liaison was formed by the Board of Governor to inspire, engage and advance women in Systems, Man, and Cybernetics.
The WiE–SMCS committee organizes a series of periodic events and activities to promote the visibility of women leaders and to inspire young girls who want to get involved in engineering.

The WiE-SMCS organizes a WiE Luncheon during the IEEE SMC conferences.
The event is an important opportunity to foster discussion on the role of women in Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, inspire girls and promote collaborations and initiatives to advance women leadership. One or more guest speakers use to share their experience and history as WiE and young female researchers have the chance to get advice and discuss informally with senior faculty members around a free lunch.

WiE: Dr. Yan Wan

Yan Wan is a Distinguished University Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is currently the Treasurer of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. Her research interests lie in large-scale dynamical networks, cyber-physical systems, stochastic systems, and decentralized control.

Read more about her accomplishments here.

WiE Workshop and Event at SMC 2021

The WiE-SMCS committee organizes a series of periodic events and activities to promote the visibility of women leaders and to inspire young girls to be involved in Engineering and to help women engineers with strategies in overcoming their career barriers.

Read more about the workshop and event here.

IEEE SMC 2019 Women in Engineering and Young Professionals Welcome Cocktail

The Women in Engineering and Young Professionals Welcome Cocktail was held during the IEEE SMC 2019 conference, in Bari. Italy. The event featured as keynote Dr. Carla Seatzu, University of Cagliari, Italy.

The event was great opportunity to increase visibility of women in the SMC Society, and to engage and connect young professionals with senior professionals.

WiE Workshop and Luncheon at SMC 2018

The IEEE SMC 2018 Women in Engineering and Young Professionals Luncheon featured as keynote Dr. Yasuyo Kotake, Group Leader of Human Sensing and Control Laboratory at Omron Corporation (Kyoto, Japan) with the talk “Value Creation from Innovation based on Scientific Knowledge: Experiences of a Woman Engineering Scientist”.

After the talk, attendees enjoyed a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony organized by Takako Sasakawa (Urasenke Associate Instructor, Kyoto, Japan).

SMC 2018 WiE page can be found here

WiE Workshop and Luncheon at SMC 2017

The theme of the IEEE SMC 2017 WiE Workshop was “Innovative Women and Millennials: Beyond Breaking Barriers.” A group of leaders from various SMC-related technical fields were invited to share their vision, career paths and strategies for being a successful woman engineer, scientist and/or advocate.

A partial video of the workshop can be viewed here (.MP4).

Presentation by Dr. Ljiljana Trajkovic: You and Your Career (.PDF)

WiE Workshop at SMC 2016

SMC 2016 Workshop on Women in Engineering was held during the SMC 2016 conference in Budapest.

Two workshop sessions were organized by Levente Kovács and Clara M. Ionescu on October 9, 2016:

  • Workshop on Women in Engineering (I) – WiE session on Fractional Order Systems
  • Workshop on Women in Engineering (II) – WiE session on CyberMedical Systems

Details can be found on pp. 51-54 of the Conference Digest posted here.

WiE Event in Taiwan, July 2016

The 2016 IEEE International Conference on System Science and Engineering (ICSSE 2016) was held July 7-9, 2016 in Nantou County, Taiwan. On July 7, 2016, WiE organized a motivational talk “You and your career” about the role that education plays in our lives and careers: various life and career choices, experiences in industrial and academic jobs, and opportunities when volunteering for professional organizations, and importance and power of commitment to always try to achieve one’s best. Download copies of the slides.

WiE Presentation in Serbia, September 2015

A presentation of the WiE activities has been presented at the Celebrity lectures program 2015 organized in Subotica (Serbia) in conjunction with the formal establishment of the SMCS Serbia Chapter. This took place on 16 September 2015.

Proposals for events can submitted by email to Ljiljana Trajkovic at [email protected].

IEEE Women In Engineering SMCS Liaison

Yan Wan
Distinguished University Professor
Electrical Engineering
University of Texas at Arlington
[email protected]