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Welcome from the ACM-W Chair

  • Welcome from the ACM-W Chair

    Welcome to a new year of ACM-W activity!  This promises to be a year of much transition and change on many fronts.  The first of those is that this newsletter, which had been appearing in your inbox monthly for many years, is (with this issue) transitioning to a quarterly publication.  We feel this change will enable our communications team and the volunteers that lead our many projects to compile deeper and more interesting articles about the exciting things that are happening globally.  In the coming months, we also will be transitioning the format of the email to more of a “digest” approach (think ACM-W Tech News, e.g.) in order that readers may be introduced to each article on the email with the option to read the full article posted on our web site.

    As the newsletter transitions both in format in content, we invite you to stay connected to ACM-W in an ongoing manner by connecting into our Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter feeds.  We use those channels to post timely articles and information that are valuable resources for the women in computing community and to boost postings made by our various regional committees and student chapters.  So use the links at the bottom of this newsletter to tap in and stay connected!

    It is my pleasure as we begin this new year to introduce two new members of our ACM-W leadership team – Chunlei Tang (Co-Treasurer) and My Thai (Standing Committees Co-Chair). You can learn more about Chunlei and My via their biographies that appear later in this newsletter. 

    There are two additional changes to our global leadership efforts.  Arati Dixit, who had served the past two years as Standing Committees Co-Chair, has transitioned to the positions of Region Committees Co-Chair, a new position that will provide additional assistance to support our growing global community.  For the past two years, Reyyan Ayfer has capably led the regional committees chairs in ACM-W Asia-Pacific, ACM-W Europe, ACM-W India, and ACM-W North America.  With increasing ACM-W activity occurring in Africa and South America, Arati’s partnership with Reyyan will assist in the onboarding of these new regions to ACM-W.  Much more on that upcoming in the next year.

    Nutan Limaye, formally Vice Chair of ACM-W India, has accepted a newly created position of Global ACM Celebrations Chair. In this role, Nutan will support the ongoing efforts of our regional committee Celebrations chairs and also assist those organizing events outside of regions where ACM-W has established committees.  We are excited to have Nutan involved and look forward to continued growth of the project in the coming year.

    Another exciting development this year is the launch of the ACM-W Chapter Five Star (5*) Buddy System.  This project was proposed by Arati Dixit and approved by the ACM-W leadership team in July to launch this fall with a goal of virtually connecting ACM-W chapters with other chapters and SIGs and fostering shared understanding of the global impact that ACM and ACM-W are having on behalf of women in computing.  You can learn more about this project in a full article below.

    Additional project information:

    • Nominations for the ACM-W Rising Star award are open until October 30th. Visit our website ( for more information, including a link to the nominations form
    • Google renews support for the ACM-W Scholarships program (see below)
    • ACM-W Professional Chapters report by Rachelle Hippler (see below)
    • Next ACM-W Celebrating Technology Leaders webinar on October 21st (see below)

    Thanks for standing with us as we work to fulfill our mission.

    Jodi Tims
    ACM-W Chair

    ACM-W thanks Google!

    Google has been a steadfast supporter of our Scholarships project for many years. ACM-W has received a donation of $20,000 from Google that will provide funding for students to attend technical conferences in the coming year.  We are very grateful for this generous support. For more information on the Scholarships project and the application deadlines for this year, please visit our website (

  • Meet Nutan Limaye, Global Director, Celebrations Project
    on October 13, 2021

    Dr. Nutan Limaye is an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • Meet My T. Thai, ACM-W Standing Committees Co-Chair
    on October 13, 2021

    Dr. My T. Thai is a University of Florida (UF) Research Foundation Professor of Computer & Information Science & Engineering and Associate Director of UF Nelms Institute for the Connected World. Dr. Thai’s current research interests include responsible AI, AI security and privacy, and optimization. The results of her work have led to 7 books and 250+ publications in highly ranked international journals and conferences, including several best papers awards from the IEEE and ACM.  

  • Meet Chunlei Tang, ACM-W Co-Treasurer
    on October 13, 2021

    CHUNLEI TANG as a new member of the ACM-W leadership team is a research associate at Harvard Medical School.

  • Supporting, Celebrating, and Advocating for Women in Computing
    on October 13, 2021

    Spotlight on the Ibadan ACM-W Chapter

  • ACM-W Rising Star Award Nominations Open!
    on September 15, 2021

    ACM-W Rising Star Award Nominations Open! Nominations are due by October 30, 2021. The ACM-W Rising Star Award is an award that recognize as woman whose early-career research has had a significant impact on the computing discipline. The recipient will receive a framed certificate and $1,000 stipend. This award was established based on a donation

Celebrations, Webinars, Events

  • womENcourageTM 2021 that is going to be virtual (coordinated from Prague, Czech Republic), 22-24 September, 2021.The slogan of this year’s event is “Bridging Communities to Foster Innovation”.
  • Contact: Carmen Gaskins, DATES: 2021-09-09 – 2021-09-10 WEBSITE: LOCATION: Virtual REGION: North America  Kentucky Community College Women in Computing (KYCCWIC) is a regional ACM-W Celebration of Women in Computing. KYCCWIC connects technical women who are working/studying in Kentucky. This conference, “Embrace Change and Achieve Success”, gives women an opportunity to learn from leaders in various […]
  • A virtual ACM W regional celebration India was organised by ACM W Pune Professional chapter in association with Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering on 3rd March 2021
  • So what is the gap between the popular (mis)understanding of ML potential and what the tools can actually deliver today? In the next episode of ACM-W “Celebrating Technology Leaders”, scheduled for October 20th at 3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT we seek practical guidance and pointers for our future ML workforce. Join us for a panel […]

ACM-W Regional Reports

North America

  • Wendy Powley is an Associate Professor at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.  She worked for 24 years as a Research Associate at Queen’s from 1992-2016 with a focus on autonomic systems and workload management for database systems.  She teaches undergraduate courses in Database Management Systems, Web Development, Ethics and Introduction to Programming courses.  She […] The post ACM-W NA Profiles: Wendy Powley appeared first on ACM-W North America.
  • Blanche Pinto is a Tools and Automation engineer at Apple on the macOS Bluetooth Quality team. She writes code and scripts for automation testing for Bluetooth and wifi connections within the Mac side of Apple. Blanche completed her bachelor’s and master's degrees at the University of South Florida. The post ACM-W NA Profiles: Blanche Pinto appeared first on ACM-W North America.


  • Each year we meet wonderful women at womENcourage™ celebrations. We ask womENcourage participants to tell their stories in blog posts. We start 2022 with  Sarune Savickaite,  a PhD candidate at the […]
  • The ACM-W Europe EVN members are actively engaged in a number of societies working towards empowering women in computer science and engineering. In this brief blog post, members from KUSWE […]

Asia Pacific

  • Our first conference “Transforming Computing for a Better Future” will be held April 7 2021 (virtual). A call for papers will be on this site in the next few days. […] The post Save the Date ACM-W Asia Pacific Inaugural Conference April 7 2021. appeared first on ACM-W Asia Pacific.