Women in Systems Engineering (WiSE)

About Us

On this page, we will post women’s stories, telling you how they entered the field, what they do in their career, and why they find their work exciting.

 The goal of the Women in Systems Engineering page is:

  1. To motivate women to consider Systems Engineering as their area of study and career.
  2. To showcase the important work performed by women working in the discipline.

IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE)

the ieee Systems Council has adopted and supports the IEEE WIE pledge:

"IEEE WIE pledges to work towards gender-diversified panels at all IEEE meetings, conferences, and events, including our own."

IEEE WIE is one of the world’s leaders in changing the face of engineering. Our global network connects nearly 20,000 members in over 100 countries to advance women in technology at all points in their life and career. IEEE WIE members make lifelong friendships, acquire influential mentors, and make a difference for the benefit of humanity.




2023 WiSE Webinars

We are excited to announce the IEEE Systems Council Women in Systems Engineering (WiSE) 2023 webinar series!

One of our goals for 2023 was to create educational and networking opportunities for the Systems Council's participants and the systems engineering community.

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WiSE Women in the News

Annette D. Reilly, a Senior Life Member of IEEE, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the IEEE Standards Association. She was honored for her contributions to the international standardization of information development and software engineering processes.

Learn more about WiSE women making a difference in the news! 

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WiSE Chair

Holly Handley

Old Dominion University
United States
2 (Eastern U.S.)

Get involved!

If you would like to learn more about Women in Systems Engineering, host an event, or join the WiSE Committee, contact the WiSE Chair.

Scholarships for WiE

Study.com wants to help empower women by helping them reach their education goals. To do that, we're offering several Study.com Student Scholarships for women pursuing college degrees in a number of fields of study.

Featured WiSE Women

The following interviews are from the featured WiSE women of the Systems Council. If you would like to be featured or would like to nominate a person to be featured, please contact the WiSE Chair.

Ana María Canto-Esquivel

Tecnologico Nacional de Mexico, Instituto Tecnologico de Merida, Industrial Engineering Department
9 (Latin America)

Rosa Delgado

IPv6 Council Peru
8 (Africa, Europe, Middle East)

Chantelle Dubois

Canadian Space Agency
7 (Canada)

Holly Handley

Old Dominion University
United States
2 (Eastern U.S.)

Humna Hassan Malik

Senior Engineer
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
South Africa
8 (Africa, Europe, Middle East)

Ashley Madni

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL/Caltech)
United States
6 (Western U.S.)

Pierangela Samarati

Università degli Studi di Milano
8 (Africa, Europe, Middle East)

Sarah Sheard

Carnegie Mellon University (Retired)
United States
2 (Eastern U.S.)


Kanika Singh

American Bureau of Shipping
South Korea
10 (Asia and Pacific)

Somayeh Sojoudi

University of California, Berkeley
United States
6 (Western U.S.)

Deborah D. Thompson

Lead Engineer – HMI (Human Machine Interface/Interaction)
Volvo Group North America
United States
3 (Southeastern U.S.)

Stephanie White

Senior Professor
Long Island University – Post Campus
United States
1 (Northeastern U.S.)