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About WiCSE

Our mission at WiCSE revolves around the growth and empowerment of women and gender inclusivity in Computer Science & Engineering. Through a spectrum of initiatives, including professional development workshops, social gatherings, and outreach events, we are committed to nurturing our members’ talents, and helping them to discover their passions, and empowering them to succeed in their professional journeys.
WiCSE at LE/EECS in 2023-2024 is composed of faculty members, and 27 UG/Grad student volunteers at EECS.

Our Team

Faculty Members@WiCSE

Elisabet Burjons

Elisabet Burjons
email: burjons@yorku.ca

Pooja Vashisth

Pooja Vashisth, Chair
email: vashistp@yorku.ca

Razieh Salahandish

Razieh Salahandish
email: raziehs@yorku.ca

Prof Sonya Allin

Sonya Allin
email: sallin@yorku.ca

Student Representatives@WiCSE

This is a group of student volunteers actively representing various roles at WiCSE. Representatives are responsible to assist the faculty members in the committee and coordinate with other volunteers in order to organize various events, workshops, and gatherings at WiCSE@LE/EECS

Advertising events on social mediaSyeda Chowdhury
Community engagementBohina Manochehrzadeh
Coordinate cateringBohina Manochehrzadeh
Creating formsSanjida Afreen
Event planning and coordinationAngelene Francisco, Nidhi Modi
Collating information for website maintenanceAlice Luong, Luana Ribeiro Madeira
Presenters and mentorsSanjida Afreen
Professional photographyHajer Al Obeidli

Events for the academic year 2023-2024

EDI awareness workshop

EDI awareness workshop for Grad/UG students ONLINE. It is a gender inclusive event, and everyone is welcome. Organized by EDI committee in collaboration with CHREI, YorkU

Date: Friday, March 22
Time: 11 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Online

Addressing Gender Gap and Parallel Pathways in CS Education

Workshop to address gender gap and parallel pathways in CS education for faculty members ONLINE. Presenter: Professor Queensbury from CMU, US. It is a gender inclusive event, and everyone is welcome. Organized by both EDI and WiCSE committees.

Date: Friday, March 22
Time: 2 – 3 pm
Location: Online

Rising stars at EECS

Maryam Keyvanara

Dr. Mercedes Tharam Richards
(Photo credit: Wendy Estep and Sara Brennen)

PhD candidate M. Keyvanara wins Mercedes T. Richards & Jane St. Amour Award in Engineering

Congratulations to Maryam Keyvanara on receiving the Mercedes T. Richards & Jane St. Amour Award in Engineering!

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Enas Tarawneh, YorkU Lassonde Computer Science PhD Candidate, at the Canadian Computing Conference for Women in Technology, CAN-CWiC 2022, presentation title: "Emotion Sensitive Human Robot Interaction (HRI)"
Enas Tarawneh (left) at the Canadian Computing Conference for Women in Technology, CAN-CWiC 2022

PhD student  in the  Vision, Graphics and Robotics (VGR) Laboratory  at Lassonde school of engineering

Recipient of NSERC Postgraduate Doctoral Scholarships PGSD

Congratulations to Enas Tarawneh !!!!

Her research involves mining emotional patterns in conversations and the development and evaluation of emotion-aware, cloud-based animated AI agents for human-robot interaction.  She has received  a Master’s and two doctoral  OGS scholarships. She currently holds a VISTA and PGSD doctoral scholarship.  Prior to this Enas worked as an academic Lead, IT support manager and e-learning coordinator in the Institute of Applied Technology in UAE in which she received an award  for “Distinguished Curriculum Support” and  another for “Excellence in E-learning coordination”. Most importantly Enas, is a wife and mother of three , that believes that  open-mindedness and positivism is the best accomplishment and the source of true happiness.