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Guest speaker Brenda Liu.

2012 September 28, 12pm: Guest Speaker Brenda Liu is an engineering manager and technical lead in Intel's System-on-Chip (SoC) Development Division. She joined Intel in 2002, working as a logic design engineer in several Pentium, Itanium, and Xeon family products. Brenda then moved into the SoC world in 2011, working on consumer electronics products such as TV set-top boxes and tablets.

Brenda received her bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley, and her master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. In her spare time, Brenda enjoys reading, baking, and playing video games. During the talk, Brenda shared some lessons she learned from her early career. The slides from her presentation are available here.

Guest speaker Ana Arias Claudia.

2011 July 22, 12pm: Guest Speaker Ana Claudia Arias, Acting Associate Professor in EE. Prof. Arias received her PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge, UK in 2001. Prior to that, she received her master and bachelor degrees in Physics from the Federal University of Parana in Curitiba, Brazil in 1997 and 1995 respectively. She joined the University of California, Berkeley in January of 2011. Prof. Arias was the Manager of the Printed Electronic Devices Area and a Member of Research Staff at PARC, a Xerox Company. She went to PARC, in 2003, from Plastic Logic in Cambridge, UK where she led the semiconductor group. Her research focuses on the use of electronic materials processed from solution in flexible electronic systems. She uses printing techniques to fabricate flexible large area electronic devices and sensors.

During the lunch talk, Prof.Arias shared her stories with us along the way from Brazil to UK, then to the US. She also gave some advice for girls working in academia.Her unique and successful pathway encouraged many WICSE girls.

Guest speaker Gabriela Gonzalez.

2011 April 15, 12pm: Guest Speaker Gabriela A. Gonzalez recently joined the University programs Office in Intel Labs. Prior to this role, she was a Process Engineering Group Leader at Intel’s newest 300mm Fabrication facility (Fab32) located in Chandler, Arizona. In this capacity, Ms. Gonzalez was a member of a team responsible for transferring the latest microprocessor technology from the development site to several production sites, and for ramping the high-volume manufacturing of Intel’s latest multi-core mobile and desktop products. She joined Intel in 2000 as an industrial engineer in the Thin Films area and soon after joined the engineering management ranks across Intel’s Arizona factories. Ms. Gonzalez successfully managed a team of industrial engineers through two technology transfers, including the Intel Pentium 3, Pentium 4, and Centrino line of products. Prior to Intel, Ms. Gonzalez worked at Xerox Corporation in a number of engineering and management roles.

Ms. Gonzalez is a leader and active member of her community, the Intel Latino Network and Women at Intel Network and is proactively driving change for under-represented students. Ms. Gonzalez originated the “Hermanas: Design Your Future?Conference, an annual Intel-sponsored event aimed at high school and junior high school students in Phoenix, Arizona. The mission of this conference is to increase the number of young girls choosing to go to college and considering majors in engineering and science. Over the last 5 years, Ms. Gonzalez’s efforts have reached over 1500 students in grades 4-12 by increasing their knowledge of higher education and awareness of technical careers. She continuously mentors young engineering professionals, in and outside Intel, high school and college students in their educational and career development. Ms. Gonzalez represented Intel as a corporate member of the Arizona executive board of Chicanos Por La Causa and was a member of the executive advisory board for De Colores, a domestic violence shelter for women in the Phoenix area. Ms. Gonzalez holds a Master’s degree in Engineering and Manufacturing Management from Clarkson University and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington

WICSE lunch with Fay Hellal.

2011 April 8, 12pm: Guest Speaker Fay Hellal, Director of Global Product Marketing for Yahoo! Advertising joined WICSE for lunch, giving a talk titled "Women thriving in leadership." Fay Hellal is responsible for understanding Yahoo! Advertisers?needs globally and defining new revenue opportunities. She's currently a board member of Yahoo! "Women in Technology", paving the way for women professionals in the valley and at Yahoo!. Prior to Yahoo!, Fay worked for pre-IPO and Fortune 100 companies in US, Europe and Africa. She held various leadership positions driving product management, business development and strategy for Vodafone, Nokia, and Netscape to name few. Fay holds a bachelors and a masters in Computer Science from “Institue Superieure de Gestion?in Paris and Tunisia respectively. Fay enjoys traveling, sculpting her thoughts on marble and wood, tasting and collecting wine and can’t seem to get enough of her “epicurious?app where she’s learning to cook.

"Women thriving in leadership" abstract: Women in developed economies have made substantial strides in rising to top leadership roles in recent decades, in both the private and public sectors. And while women start their careers in business with the same level of intelligence, education, and commitment as men; they make up for barely 3% of the leadership in fortune 1000 companies. What is more notable is that women fared better in the public sector. Almost 10% of the members of the United Nations have female heads of state and nearly 20% of parliamentary seats worldwide are held by women.

This gap is not only significant, it calls for great attention, because the business world has an increasingly urgent need for more leaders. All men and women with the brains, the desire, and the perseverance to lead should be empowered to fulfill their potential and leave their mark.

2011 February 11, 12pm: Guest Speaker Dr. Sylvia Ratnasamy, CS professor, received her B.E. from the University of Pune, 1997 and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, 2002.

Her research area is in Networked Systems, and interests are co-inventor of Distributed Hash Tables; scalable software routers; theoretical formulation of "protocol simplicity"; energy efficiency in networked systems; and internet architecture and protocols.

Cecilia Aragon.

2011 January 21, 12pm: Guest Speaker Cecilia R. Aragon will give a talk titled "Riding the Data Tsunami: Computing, eScience and other Extreme Sports"

Abstract: Many of today’s important scientific breakthroughs are made by large, interdisciplinary collaborations of scientists working in geographically distributed locations, and collecting, producing, and analyzing ever vaster and more complex data sets. This deluge of scientific data has been called the “data tsunami.?Large-scale science projects require software tools that support not only insight into exponentially growing data but collaborative science discovery. This interdisciplinary research area has recently become known as eScience.

Dr. Aragon will present some of the new research directions opening up in eScience, and describe Sunfall, a collaborative visual analytics system developed for the Nearby Supernova Factory, an international astrophysics experiment and the largest data-volume supernova search currently in operation. Sunfall utilizes novel interactive visualization and analysis techniques to facilitate deeper scientific insight into complex, noisy, high-dimensional, high-volume, time-critical data.

In this presentation, Dr. Aragon will also discuss her extremely non-traditional path to an academic research career in computer science, and showcase how her experience as an airshow pilot and aerobatic champion helped her overcome challenges to achieve her position today. “I’ll show a video containing in-cockpit footage of loops and rolls over San Francisco Bay, and conclude the talk with some career lessons I’ve learned along the way.?