Women In Engineering (WIE)

Women in Engineering (WIE)

IEEE Toronto Women in Engineering is our local affinity group of the IEEE Women in Engineering Committee (WIEC) which is appointed by, and reports directly to, the IEEE Board of Directors. The scope of interest is:

  1. Gather and disseminate information regarding the status of women and initiatives for, by and on behalf of women in engineering and science.
  2. Enable mentoring and education programs within IEEE and make available information regarding gender related educational issues which may improve the entry into, and the retention of women in engineering programs.
  3. Increase the participation of women within IEEE.
  4. Address ways to improve the climate for women in IEEE and the workplace.



Affinity Group Chair Maryam Davoudpour , Biography
Past Affinity Group Chair Behnaz Ghoraani , biography
Affinity Group Vice Chair Dr. Marjan Alavi, biography
Affinity Group Treasurer Sylvia Raynhambiography
Affinity Group Public Relation Lead Dalia Hanna
Affinity Group Industrial Relations Lead Nicoleta Zouri, biography
Affinity Group Membership Development Lead Zahraa Khalil
Affinity Group Junior ENG. Activities (Under 25) Azin Mirzajavadkhan
Affinity Group Junior R&D Lead (Under 25) Fatima Tafazzoli Shadpour
Affinity Group Junior Educational Lead Dimple Gamnani, biography
Affinity Group Social Media Lead Zahraa Khalil
Affinity Group Newsletter Editor Dr. Fatima Hussain
Upcoming Events
Past Events († indicates event photos added)
January 29, 2020 Setting in with Programming – Python: The beginner crash course
January 22, 2020 Round table: A successful teaching practicum
December 1, 2019 IEEE Toronto Centennial Workshop: Building An ASP.NET Core Application
November 13, 2019 SWE Speaks November 2019: A Journey of Successful Women’s Leadership
November 11, 2019 Setting in with Programming – Python – Workshop 3
October 8, 2019 Wireless Positioning and Sensing Network (WPSN™) for Hyper-Accurate Indoor & Outdoor Location Tracking System with Applications in the Critical and Massive IoT
October 7, 2019 Setting in with Programming – Python – Workshop 2
September 16, 2019 Setting in with Programming – Python – Workshop 1
July 30, 2019 IEEE Toronto Centennial Workshop: Distributed Machine Learning, The Second Step
July 23, 2019 IEEE Toronto Centennial Workshop: Distributed Machine Learning, Basic Concepts
July 17, 2019 Data Mining and Machine Learning with Application to Medical Data
May 24, 2019 Assessment of Egocentric Spatial Orientation using Virtual Reality for Diagnosis and Monitoring Alzheimer’s Disease
May 21, 2019 The WOW Dinner Toronto 2019
April 19, 2019 IEEE Humber Winter Coding Sessions 14
April 12, 2019 IEEE Humber Winter Coding Sessions 13
April 5, 2019 IEEE Humber Winter Coding Sessions 12
March 29, 2019 IEEE Humber Winter Coding Sessions 11
March 22, 2019 IEEE Humber Winter Coding Sessions 10
March 17, 2019 FICI International Competition of clean tech, high tech and smart cities
March 15, 2019 IEEE Humber Winter Coding Sessions 9
March 8, 2019 IEEE Humber Winter Coding Sessions 8
March 1, 2019 IEEE Humber Winter Coding Sessions 7
February 28, 2019 Harmony: beyond win-win for an ailing healthcare system
February 22, 2019 IEEE Humber Winter Coding Sessions 6
February 21, 2019 Introduction of Industrial Networks and Fieldbus
February 15, 2019 IEEE Humber Winter Coding Sessions 5
February 8, 2019 IEEE Humber Winter Coding Sessions 4
February 4, 2019 Load Cell and GSM project #1
February 4, 2019 Line Following Robot Project #3
January 25, 2019 IEEE Humber Winter Coding Sessions 3
January 21, 2019 Line Following Robot Project #2
January 18, 2019 IEEE Humber Winter Coding Sessions 2
January 14, 2019 Line Following Robot Project #1
January 11, 2019 IEEE Humber Winter Coding Sessions 1
December 10, 2018 Smart Connected Buildings Form the Foundation of Smart City: Today’s Possibility, Tomorrow’s Necessity
December 1, 2018 IEEE Toronto Centennial Workshop: Distributed Machine Learning, The Future of Programming in The Present
November 30, 2018 IEEE Humber Programming Session #5 Fall 2018 Series
November 16, 2018 IEEE Humber Programming Session #4 Fall 2018 Series
November 16, 2018 IEEE Humber Programming Session #3 Fall 2018 Series
November 10-11, 2018 App-a-thon
October 29-30, 2018 DEWCOM 2018: The 3rd International Workshop on Dew Computing
October 19, 2018 IESO Operating the Power System: New Challenges Call for New Approaches
October 17, 2018 Surgical Robots: Innovation, Opportunities, Challenges
October 12, 2018 Iguana Interface Engine, A day in the life of an integration engineer
October 11, 2018 IEEE Canada Women in Engineering Panel: “Creating a Diverse Smart Grid Sector: Challenges and Opportunities”
September 15-16, 2018 IEEE WIE ILS 2018 Toronto
July 24, 2018 Engineering Gateways: Communicating for Success as Women in Engineering
July 23, 2018 Ardunio Microcontroller Programming
July 16, 2018 Ardunio Microcontroller Programming
July 10, 2018 Motor Control with Arduino
June 25, 2018 Introduction To Robotics Class 5
June 18, 2018 Introduction To Robotics Class 4
June 13, 2018 Introduction to Microcontrollers
June 11, 2018 Introduction To Robotics Class 3: Practice More!
June 6 to 7, 2018 BSC 2018 – Toronto, Ontario
June 4, 2018 Introduction To Robotics Class 2: Practical Introduction to Robot Subsystems
April 9, 2018 Data Security and Privacy in Healthcare
April 4, 2018 Women in Robotics: Early Careers in Robotics, Hardware and AI
April 2, 2018 IEEE Ryerson Python Workshop 7
March 26, 2018 IEEE Ryerson Python Workshop 6
March 24-25, 2018 IEEE Ryerson – IOT Smart City Hackathon
March 22, 2018 Cybersecurity Challenges in Today’s Big Data Obsessed Environment
March 20, 2018 Privacy in Health Overview and Privacy by Design Concept
March 19, 2018 IEEE Ryerson Python Workshop 5
March 12, 2018 IEEE Ryerson Python Workshop 4
March 7, 2018 Symposium on Smart Cities and Transportation
March 5, 2018 IEEE Ryerson Python Workshop 3
February 26, 2018 Introduction to Vehicle Safety, Simulation Tools for Autonomous Transportation and human-machine interface (HMI)
February 26, 2018 Visit Hamilton’s Innovative Technology Companies and Researchers
February 16, 2018 Hybrid Biomedical Optics Imaging and Instrumentation
February 15, 2018 Providing Better Customer Value and Benefits and IT Solutions
February 12, 2018 IEEE Ryerson Python Workshop 2
February 9-10, 2018 Big Data Hackathon
February 8, 2018 Canada’s Robotics Moment
February 5, 2018 Introduction to Python Workshop
February 2, 2018 High Throughput CMOS Sensors and Actuators: An Emerging Technology for Automation of Biological Laboratories
November 27, 2017 Hatching A Tech Startup
November 14 & 17, 2017 Machine Learning Workshops
November 13, 2017 Overview of Blockchain Technology
November 7, 2017 Women in Robotics: Roboticist Dr. AJung Moon, Open Roboethics Institute
October 12, 2017 Industrial Relations and Toronto ComSoc Chapter: Site Visit G&W/Survalent
October 10, 2017 Thales Project Arduino Competition
September 25-28, 2017 Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show 2017
July 20 – July 21, 2017 2017 IEEE International Humanitarian Technology Conference
July 17, 2017 A framework for general purpose digital pathology image analysis, using machine learning methods to identify cancer subsets and immunotherapy biomarkers
June 28, 2017 Large-Scale Analytics and Machine Learning for Biomedical Data Types
May 31, 2017 Women in Robotics: Building Smart Robots with AI
May 26, 2017 Designing a Gamification Course for an Higher Education Audience
May 12, 2017 7th Annual E3 Symposium
April 28, 2017 Engineering the Internet of Things – Digital Twin Seminar
April 10, 2017 Women in Robotics: Dr. Pooja Viswanathan, Co-founder and CEO, Braze Mobility
March 31, 2017 Engineering Skills Gaps: “Jobs without people” and “people without jobs”
March 22, 2017 Cyber Security for Utilities Seminar
March 13, 2017 Emerging Trends in Software, Computing, & Application Development
March 6, 2017 Big Data
February 27, 2017 Health Apps by Design: A Reference Architecture for Mobile Apps for Health
February 13, 2017 Micro-Scale Robots: Magnetic Actuation for Wireless Manipulation
January 23, 2017 Abstraction in Situation Calculus Action Theories
December 8, 2016 Women in Robotics Series: Erica Tiberia, Roboticist and Educator
November 24, 2016 Who Are We Studying in Social Media: Bots or Humans?
November 21, 2016 AI-Based Software Defect Predictors: Applications and Benefits and Lessons Learned
November 18, 2016 Operational-Log Analysis for Big Data Systems: Challenges and Solutions
November 16, 2016 Health Informatics Evening at Centennial College
November 11, 2016 Digital Health Initiatives at eHealth Ontario
October 31, 2016 Algorithms and Ethics
October 19, 2016 Blackberry’s Platform for True End-to-End Mobile Security for Healthcare
October 17, 2016 Using and Evaluating Gamification as a Strategy of Engagement in the Classroom
September 26, 2016 Wireless Power Transfer Systems: Current Issues and Future Opportunities
September 19, 2016 Disaster Scene Reconstruction – Emergency Management Tool
September 12, 2016 Teaching and Learning Methods
July 4, 2016 The Application of Optimization to Model Predictive Control
June 20, 2016 Optimization and Research: Applications, Opportunities, and Challenges
May 31, 2016 Internet of Things, building blocks, challenges and research directions
March 6, 2014 Resume Writing for the Online Job Search
November 25, 2013 How to have conversations that get great results
October 1st to 8th, 2013 IEEE Photo Contest
February 22, 2013 Perfect Presentations Seminar
October 17, 2012 Aspects of Persuasion: Confirmation Bias, First Impressions and Subtext
March 8, 2012 International Women’s Day
Nov 26, 2011 Networking Get-Together
May 5, 2011 International Conference for Upcoming Engineers – WIE Information Booth
April 30, 2011 1st IEEE Canada Women in Engineering National Conference (WIENC 2011)
November 22, 2010 Industry Panel
November 13, 2010 Networking Get-Together
March 25, 2010 Know Your Future Profession – Panel Discussion
March 8, 2010 Biomedical Instrumentation applied to Cardiac Electrophysiology
January 23, 2010 IEEE Toronto Women in Engineering Affinity Group Members Only Event – General Meeting
October 29, 2009 President Panel
August 28, 2009 Women in Engineering in Medicine and Biology
March 3, 2009 Becoming a Successful Engineer †
February 23, 2009 Why I became an Engineer? (testimonials)
February 19, 2009 IEEE Member Only Event (General Meeting)
October 24, 2008 Winning in Life – including an Update on IEEE/Women In Engineering, and Networking with other Women Engineers †
August 14, 2008 Getting Organized Once and for All
July 17, 2008 Are You Living The Life You Want? Success is your Birthright!
July 15, 2008
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Symposium on Alternate Energy and Global Synergy
June 24, 2008 The Art of Presentation
November 15, 2007 Understanding the Life Cycle of Organizational Change Management
November 1, 2007 Solar Photo Voltaic as an Investment †
October 25, 2007 Invited to a Party? – Please RSVP! : Dining & Wining Protocol and Etiquette †
October 18, 2007 Your Color Vitamins: Personal Colors and Effects on People
September 27, 2007 Attention! Your Body is Talking: Body Language & Communication Image
September 22, 2007 Networking Get-together
September 20, 2007 Etiquette in Networking: Netiquette
Every Saturday, July 7 to August 4, 2007 Professional Practice Examination (PPE) Study Group
June 23, 2007 Networking Get-together
May 3, 2007 Student Networking Event
April 12, 2007 Net Zero Energy Healthy Housing
April 10, 2007 Student Networking Event
February 28, 2007 A celebration of Engineering
February 10, 2007 28th Annual Orchid Show!
January 29, 2007 Reliability of Distribution Systems
January 25, 2007 Personal Colours
October 26, 2006 Hybrid Cars
August 10, 2006 Toyota Plant Tour
July 20, 2006 Creative Thinking
June 25, 2006 Natural Networking
April 27, 2006 The Professional Engineer Designation
March 16, 2006 Smart Women Finish Rich
February 23, 2006 From Financial Markets to Energy Markets
November 24, 2005 Time Management – How to Maximize your Effectiveness
October 27, 2005 Introduction to Wind Energy – Wind Energy in Ontario
September 8, 2005 Mentoring Event
August 4, 2005 Automatic Lung Parenchyma Evaluation from Pulmonary CT Images
June 16, 2005 Leading Women Overcome Obstacles on the Way Up
April 22, 2005 How to have an effective meeting with your manager 
+ WIE Affinity Group First Anniversary Celebration
March 23, 2005 Claim Your Career Equity
February 17, 2005 The View from the Top – An On-line Chat Event
January 12, 2005 Wen-do – a Women’s Self Defense Workshop
October 21, 2004 To Efficiently Improve Communication and Eventual Well-being
July 21, 2004 Project Management – Completing Projects with Success
June 8, 2004 Life Balance General Interest Dinner Meeting
April 2, 2004 IEEE Toronto Women in Engineering First General Interest Meeting †


December, 2019 The WIEC also selected the IEEE Toronto WIE Affinity Group as the recipient of an Honorable Mention for the 2018 WIE Affinity Group of the Year Award.
September, 2018 IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) won two awards at the September 15th ILS IEEE event:

February, 2018 IEEE Women in Engineering Inspiring Student Member of the Year Award: The purpose of this award is to recognize an undergraduate/graduate student member of IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) who has overcome barriers to pursue engineering and/or who has made a personal impact in their community through their dedication and involvement in projects or activities directed toward fulfilling one or more of the IEEE WIE goals and objectives.

The nomination deadline is April 1, 2018. Learn more at http://wie.ieee.org/inspiringstudentmember_award/

February, 2018 IEEE Canada Women In Engineering Prize: This prize is sponsored by the Judy Clift Fund which was established to honour a gracious individual who believed strongly in gender equality. Her professional life as a special education teacher and administrator complemented her role as a mother who was determined to raise her daughters with independence and encouraged them to pursue career opportunities that were not limited by gender. She was also incredibly supportive of volunteer IEEE activities.

The deadline for receiving nominations is March 15. Learn more at http://www.ieeecanadianfoundation.org/EN/clift_prize.php

April, 2009 On March 3, 2009, the IEEE WIE-Toronto affinity group held a panel discussion entitled “Becoming a Successful Engineer” at Ryerson University.

Read more about the event: articlebrochure, and event page.

November, 2008 IEEE WIE-Toronto affinity group held a seminar entitled “Winning in Life” on Friday October 24, 2008 at the University of Toronto. The 20 members in attendance started out by partaking of refreshments while engaging in a bit of networking and socializing.

Following this, Dr. Ferial El-Hawary, Chair and Director of IEEE Canada, addressed the gathering. To start, she brought us up to date on the achievements of the IEEE/Women in Engineering Organization, which we found inspiring. This was followed by her talk on “Winning in Life”. Among the things she shared with us were some of the elements that played an important role in her career success. Afterwards, the participants worked in small groups to discuss their personal ‘secret of career success’. From the debriefing afterwards the following discussion points were identified:

  • The major elements of a successful leader.
  • The importance of goal setting at all stages of life.
  • The saving in time and energy resulting from having a written plan of our goals.
  • Develop a better understanding of self, identify interests, and cultivate the necessary connections.
  • Be a mentor as well as a mentee.
  • Be assertive, take ownership of accomplishments and ideas

View photos from the event on the announcement page.

October, 2008 The symposium proceedings and presentation slides for the highly successful Symposium on Alternate Energy and Global Synergy held on July 15, 2008, have been archived here.
July 15, 2008 The IEEE Toronto WIE Affinity Group co-organized the Symposium on Alternate Energy and Global Synergyalong with IEEE Toronto Section and Ryerson University. See the symposium brochure for details.

The formation of the Toronto Section WIE affinity group was approved on March 24, 2004. Officers were elected on April 2, 2004.   For more information on WIE affinity groups, please view the linked IEEE web page.   Photo at left above shows (from left) Visda – Vice Chair, Joan – Chair and Anna – Secretary.   Photo at right above taken at the June 8 Dinner Meeting.   Click photos to view larger image.   Subsequently, Visda became the Chair and Anna the Vice Chair.

Toronto WIE Affinity Group recognized by the IEEE WIE Committee for achievement. The Certificate displayed in the centre was awarded to this group as the runner-up for the 2004 Women in Engineering Affinity Group of the Year – see centre image (click to enlarge).