Two power-area students among seven attending CRA-Women Graduate Cohort Workshop
Jiangmeng Zhang (see research on page 38) and Archana Manjanath were among seven University of Illinois women chosen to attend the annual Computing Research Association Women Graduate Workshop held this spring in San Francisco. The workshop was developed to help female graduate students improve networking skills and leverage their degrees. Three hundred women were chosen from 671 applicants.
Accomplished engineers in various career paths, including industry and academia, shared their stories, achievements and advice. Jiangmeng felt it was empowering to hear how these women had overcome gender bias in the work place. Archana learned about standing out through resume building and communicating her career goals. She thinks women engineering clubs and societies on campus help in eliminating gender biases in the workplace. Both felt that the ECE power and energy group is gender-inclusive and supportive of women earning graduate engineering degrees.