ACM-W North America News and Views

ACM-W NA Profiles: Wendy Powley

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 […]

ACM-W NA Profiles: Blanche Pinto

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.

ACM-W NA Profile: Dr. Casey Fiesler

Dr. Casey Fiesler, assistant professor and founding faculty member in the Department of Information Science and Computer Science (by courtesy) at the University of Colorado Boulder talks about how she uses her TikTok to mentor PhD candidates, how we can use social media to find community, and using education to build up a more ethical technological future.

ACM-W NA Profiles: Akila Prayaga

Akila Prayaga is an Account Manager at Microsoft, working in Customer Success in the Microsoft PromoteIQ team. She graduated Cornell in May 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Economics and management. She worked as a technology consultant at Ernst & Young primarily working on Digital & Data Analytics consulting.
Outside of work, she’s on the NYC Leadership team for Out in Tech, a nonprofit that organizes events and programming for LGBTQ+ technology professionals, and is involved with Out for Undergrad and Open Finance. She started a website,, to post professional opportunities for diverse students who are interested in careers in finance.

ACM-W NA Profiles: Bishakha Upadhyaya

Bishakha is a Senior at Knox College, majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Neuroscience. She was the president of ACM-W chapter at Knox College for 2019-2020 school year and is involved in Nepali Women in Computing. After interning at Bank of America as a Global Technology intern in 2020, she looks forward to joining the bank as a full time employee.

ACM-W NA Profiles: Dr. Carol Hullin

Carol Hullin is a Senior Lecturer Digital Health at Swinburne University of Technology. She has given multiple Ted Talks and aspires to by the first indigenous president of Chile by 2030. She is also the Global Strategic Advisor for the Latin American Digital Innovation center.

ACM-W NA Profiles: Laura Jiang

Lauren Jiang is a student at Oregon State university. How did you come to computing? What was the “spark” that got you interested? Honestly, I chose computer science as a major on a whim when it came time to finally decide on my major prior to first-time class registration. I was really nervous and honestly, […]

ACM-W NA Profiles: Mary Baker

Working in 3D print is the first time I’ve been able to apply programming, design, mathematics, and artistic license all at once.

ACM-W NA Profiles: Karina Figueroa

Dra. Karina Mariela Figueroa Mora es profesora e investigadora de la Facultad de Ciencias Físico-Matemáticas de la Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo. Sus áreas de interés son algoritmos en general, recuperación de información, bases de datos métricas, así como desarrollo de software para la enseñanza de las matemáticas. Dr. Karina Mariela Figueroa Mora […]

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NCWIT’s Longitudinal Educational Pathway Programs in Computing

Computing is one of the most powerful and influential fields shaping society today. Yet women (diverse in race/ethnicity, class, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, and other historically marginalized identities) are all but absent. This underrepresentation significantly impedes women’s participation and influence as innovators, leaders and researchers shaping the future. Launched in 2004 with […]

ACM-W NA Profiles: Sydney O’Connor

Sydney O’Connor, a fifth year student at the University Of Cincinnati and president of the school’s ACM-W chapter talks about her path to computing, her inspirations, firmware development, and why it’s important to find community in computing.

ACM-W NA Profiles: Clara Yuan

Clara Yuan is a senior research science lead at Convoy Inc, a digital freight network startup. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Tech. She has a bright intensity that she brings to everything from the world of transportation to her dog, Donut.

ACM-W NA Profiles: Lillian Petersen

Lillian Petersen is a young researcher and the winner of the 2019-20 of the ACM/CSTA Cutler Bell Prize for creating a tool to help aid organizations increase food security in sub-Saharan Africa. She has been doing a research project every year since 7th grade on topics ranging from predicting weather patterns to studying cancer.

ACM-W NA Profiles: Saiph Savage

Saiph Savage, one of MIT’s 2018 Latin American Innovators Under 35, talks about how she got into computing, her work studying the intersection between tech and activism, and what work she’s most excited about right now.

ACM-W NA Profiles: Erica Smith

Erica Smith is a student from Richmond, Virginia. She is a rising Sophomore at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science. She is the ACM-W president for the NCAT chapter the 2020-2021 school year and a 2020 Google STEP intern.

Our First Virtual Celebration

May 1, 2020 Are you ready for a new way to Celebrate? While the ACM-W community was able to see two Celebrations in February, by mid-March many current and upcoming Celebrations were canceled due to the pandemic. However, one adventurous organizer for the Women in Computing Celebrations at University of Minnesota Duluth (MinneWIC), Arshia Khan […]

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Welcome to ACM-W North America!

April 24, 2020 In 2019, the ACM-W Committee formed the North America region to carry out the ACM-W mission with a specific focus on North America. Our new region functions similarly to ACM-W Europe and ACM-W India, meeting the needs and growing the ACM community by supporting, celebrating, and promoting women who have chosen computing […]