WICSE Anniversary

We are celebrating WICSE’s 40th Anniversary with a reunion on March 17, 2018 at the Sutardja Dai Hall Atrium! We hope this event will foster mentorship and visibility for alumnae and current students. Registration is now closed. Any sponsors interested in funding this event should contact Becca Roelofs (roelofs at cs.berkeley.edu).


Time Event
10:30am-11:00am Registration and Coffee/Drinks
11:00am-11:10am Welcome address by Wicse Co-Presidents
11:10am – 11:15am Welcoming Remarks by Prof. James Demmel
11:15am -11:45am Keynote: Barbara Simons
11:45am – 12:45pm Lunch
12:45pm – 2:00pm Session 1: Technical Lightning Talks from Alumnae
2:00pm – 3:00pm Session 2: Women in Tech “Pathways after Berkeley” Panel
3:00pm – 4:00pm Session 3: Diversity Round Table – what has worked and what hasn’t to include more women in Tech
4:00pm – 4:30pm Session 4: Coffee Break + Grad Poster Session
4:30pm – 5:15pm Session 5: Talks – Perspectives through the Decades of WICSE
5:15pm – 6:15pm Keynote: Fireside Chat with Diane Greene and Tsu-Jae King Liu
6:15 pm -6:45pm Mingling at Wozniak Lounge Terrace
6:45pm – 7:00pm Welcome from WICSE Presidents
7:00pm – 8:30pm Dinner Reception and Slideshow at Wozniak Lounge


Session 1: Technical Lightning Talks from Alumnae

Come join us for a lightning session as esteemed women in academic research and industry settings talk about their work in quick 7-minute snapshots. Find out more about the interesting problems that women are setting their minds to solving!

Lightning Speakers:

Session 2: Women in Tech “Pathways after Berkeley” Panel

Have you ever wondered what career can I have after graduating from UC Berkeley’s EECS graduate program? The possibilities are endless, as our panelists are sure to tell you! This hour-long panel will help open your mind to possible career paths and show you how others found their perfect jobs in sometimes non-traditional ways.

“Pathways after Berkeley” Panelists:

Session 3: Diversity Round Table

The percentage of women studying EECS has not improved in the past several decades, sitting at around 20% in most universities. Females in leading roles also remain rare. This session hopes to address some of the underlying issues associated with improving the climate for women in tech – what are initiatives that women are taking to help? What has worked, and what hasn’t?

Round Table Panelists:

Session 4: Coffee Break + Grad Poster Session

In a comfortable and casual atmosphere over plenty of networking,snacks and coffee, find out what current graduate students are up to!

Posters of current graduate student researchers will be placed around the Kvamme Atrium and graduate students would be more than happy to answer any questions you have. This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded women in technology and learn something new in the process!

Session 5: Talks – Perspectives through the Decades of WICSE

As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of WICSE, we would like to take a retrospective look back on the history of the organization, and how members and alumni of WICSE have benefited from the network of strong female peers and mentors that this organization supports.

We have invited esteemed alumnae from the each of the past four decades to present on their perspectives and reminisce over the many changes made and progress that has been achieved. While it is imperative to learn from the past, we also look forward to the future of WICSE and hope to watch it grow and improve in times to come.