Welcome to WACM!

WACM is the University of Wisconsin-Madison's student chapter of ACM-W, ACM's Women in Computing. We provide social, educational and outreach activities for women in the Computer Sciences department, in the university, and in the surrounding community.

You can join our mailing list here. You can also follow us on Facebook.

Please see the Officers page for contact information.

Upcoming Events

We're looking forward to the 2014-2015 year!

WACM Social Hour, 2014-09-08

Monday, September 8th from 5-6:30PM in CS 2310

Inviting all WACM members to stop by sometime between 5-6:30PM on Monday, September 8th, to eat some snacks, meet some of the other members of WACM, and celebrate the start of the semester!

WACM Explains... Introduction to Linux and the CSL Labs, 2014-09-10 and 2014-09-16

Are you taking your first Linux-based course this semester (such as 354 or 367)? Or perphaps you only need a quick refresher? At our talk, we'll cover things like:
* Command line basics: ls, cd, mv, cp, rm, tab completion, etc...
* Man pages
* CSL-specific features:
 *Backups (and recovering lost files)
 *Printing
 *Directory structure and quotas
 *Your personal web page
* Profile (setting environmental variables)
* Text editors: vi and emacs
* Compilation: javac, gcc, g++
* ssh (or: how to work from home)

Wednesday, September 10, 5:30-6:30pm in CS 1240
Thursday, September 16, 5:30-6:30pm in CS 1240

Note: Both sessions are identical. Attend only one.

Here's the handout from this event.

WACM Reception @ CS 50th Anniversary Celebration, 2014-09-13

Saturday, September 13th from 1-2pm in WID 1260

WACM is holding a meet and greet at the CS Department's 50th anniversary celebration. Alumnae can stop by and mingle with current WACM members over coffee and tea There will also be a booth at the showcase from 3-5PM, where all attendees can visit and hear about WACM's activities. Join us!

Fieldtrip to CodeChix Talk: "Testing beyond jUnit" by Mindy Preston, 2014-09-17

Wednesday, September 17th from 7-8:30 PM at Solomo, 222 W Washington Ave #705, Madison, WI 53703

Join WACM members on a fieldtrip to this tech talk! Lena will take the bus over with anyone interested at 6:20pm, leaving from the CS lobby.

Description: "CodeChix(http://www.codechix.org/madison/) is an organization dedicated to the Education, Promotion and Mentorship of women engineers and students. As part of that, they are hosting a tech talk by Mindy Preston on testing. To attend, get a ticket (free) from http://www.eventbrite.com/e/testing-beyond-junit-tickets-12653726637, but please do not order one unless you plan to attend.

Talk Abstract: Do you test your software? How? With tools or automated? Do you use user testing, and humans? Is your biggest concern hackers from the outside world getting into your back-end servers, or users finding unpleasant bugs and unexpected results? Is jUnit sufficient? Why should you care about testing, anyway? Do you monitor logs? How do testing and monitoring relate to each other? How much effort do you put into testing? What consequences have you seen for NOT testing? Come listen to Hacker School graduate Mindy Preston tell what she thinks about testing."

Tech Talk: "Online low-rank subspace estimation to monitor trends and detect anomalies in the behavior of large systems" by Sarah Rich (Twitter), 2014-09-25

Thursday, September 25th at 6pm in CS 1221.

Abstract: Twitter manages one of the most highly performant, low-latency communication platforms on the planet. As we constantly innovate and add to our code base, and as user engagement with our system fluctuates rapidly in real-time, we need to be able to monitor our hardware to make sure it is performing as expected. With tens of thousands of servers and hundreds of internal services all exposing thousands of metrics every minute (sometimes every second!) the need for the automation of this task and the importance of responding in real time are great. We employ the extremely lightweight and computationally efficient low-rank subspace estimation algorithms GROUSE and GRASTA to detect anomalies and trend changes in real Twitter system and application metrics. This is joint work with Robert Nowak (in the ECE department at UW Madison).

Recent News

2013-2014

WACM Speaker Series: Lunch with Karin Strauss, 2014-04-29

Please join us for the last event of the WACM Mentoring Program Speaker Series Spring 2014. This event is co-organized by the WACM Mentoring Program and Computer Architecture seminars. The speaker will be Dr. Karin Strauss from Microsoft Research and the University of Washington.

We will meet Dr. Strauss for lunch on Tuesday April 29 at 12:00 pm in CS 2310. She will present her work briefly for us. We will have informal discussion with her during lunch.

WACM wins CS department service award!

WACM Speaker Series: Lunch with Margaret Martonosi, 2014-03-11

Please join us for the third event of the WACM Mentoring Program Speaker Series Spring 2014. The speaker will be Professor Margaret Martonosi from Computer Science at Princeton University.

We will meet Professor Martonosi for lunch on Tuesday March 11 at 12:00 pm in CS 2310. She will present her work briefly for us. We will have informal discussion with her during lunch.

Welcome Weekend Breakfast at Bluephies, 2014-03-08

As part of Welcome Weekend, WACM will be hosting breakfast at Bluephies with the prospective women on Saturday, March 8, at 9am.

WACM Speaker Series: Lunch with Srilatha (Bobbie) Manne, 2014-02-27

Please join us for the second event of the WACM Mentoring Program Speaker Series Spring 2014. The speaker will be Dr. Srilatha (Bobbie) Manne.

We will meet Dr. Manne for lunch on Thursday Feb 27 at 12:00 pm in CS 2310. She will present her work briefly for us. We will have informal discussion with her during lunch.

Information Session for Microsoft Hackathon for Women, 2014-02-12

What's better than a smart and creative woman? A whole room full of smart and creative women working together to make something awesome. Over a weekend in April, women from universities all around the world*, will work together to build tools that encourage young women to be innovators in science and technology. We want to show our badger pride as one of these universities. We're holding an information session about the International Women's Hackathon. This is a great chance for you to find out about this event! One thing to mention there's no pressure to commit. You don't even need to be a programmer to show up to find out about how you could participate in the event. The Hackathon welcomes women who want to join, including those who have little or even no programming experience.

Join us at 7pm on February 12 in room 1221 of the computer science building to find out more. We'll have cookies.

*Except a few countries mentioned in the guidelines.

You can find more information about the hackathon here.

WACM Speaker Series: Lunch with Sarita Adve, 2014-02-05

This event is co-organized by WACM mentoring program and Computer Architecture Seminars. The speaker will be Professor Sarita Adve from Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

We will meet Professor Adve for lunch on Wednesday, February 5 at 12:00 pm in CS 2310. She will present her work briefly for us. We will have informal discussion with her during lunch. She will present her work in more details on Tuesday, February 4 at 4:00 pm in CS 1240.

More information is available on the WACM mailing list.

WACM Explains... Introduction to Linux and the CSL Labs, 2014-01-29 and 2014-02-06

Are you taking your first Linux-based course this semester (such as 354 or 367)? Or do you need a quick refresher? At our talk, we'll cover things like:
* Command line basics: ls, cd, mv, cp, rm, tab completion, etc...
* Man pages
* CSL-specific features:
 *Backups (and recovering lost files)
 *Printing
 *Directory structure and quotas
 *Your personal web page
* Profile (setting environmental variables)
* Text editors: vi and emacs
* Compilation: javac, gcc, g++
* ssh (or: how to work from home)

Wednesday, January 29, 5:30-6:30pm in 1221 CS
Thursday, February 6, 5:30-6:30pm in 1221 CS

Note: Both sessions are identical. Attend only one.

Here's the handout from this event.

Visit with UW Alum, Professor Natalie Enright Jerger, 2013-11-25

UW Alum (graduated in 2008), professor Natalie Enright Jerger will meet WACM on Monday, Nov 25 at 11:00 AM-11:45 AM. She is an assistant professor at University of Toronto.

Join us to hear her stories on her career path, experiences at UW, and a lot more discussions.

The meeting will be in CS 5331. We will provide some snacks.

WACM Explains...Robots, 2013-11-04

Are you interested in robots? Are you worried that they may be planning to revolt and overthrow humanity? Come learn about recent research involving robots from PhD students Allison Terrell and Irene Rae. There will be both robots and cookies at the event!

Monday, November 4 at 6:00pm in CS 1221.

WACM Speaker Series: Lunch with Martha Kim, 2013-10-29

This event is co-organized by WACM mentoring program and Computer Architecture Seminars. The speaker will be Professor Martha Kim from Columbia University.

We will meet Professor Kim for lunch on Tuesday, October 29th. She will present her work briefly for us. We will have informal discussion with her during lunch. She will present her work in more details at 4:00 pm in CS 1221 on that day.

More information is available on the WACM mailing list.

WACM Explains...the Technical Interview, 2013-10-21

Monday, October 21, 5:00PM in 1221 CS
Panelists from Google, Liberty Mutual Insurance, and Epic

  • Are you looking for a job from a technical company?
  • Are you wondering what kinds of questions to expect in technical interviews?
  • Nervous about the coding exam?
  • Wondering if you're really going to get asked about manhole covers?

Our panelists will talk about how to prepare for coding questions, how to talk about your experience and course projects, and what non-technical questions to expect. Afterwards, we'll open the floor for questions.

Our panelists:

Lisa Henry, Liberty Mutual
Lisa Henry, Director of Enterprise Technology Services Application Delivery for Liberty Mutual Insurance, manages a team of seventy employees located in Seattle, WA, Wausau WI, Dover, NH, Portsmouth NH, and Boston, MA. She is responsible for enterprise B2B services, internal IT applications, environment Monitoring Tools and HR Administration.

Before joining Liberty in 2005, Lisa was the Communications Manager for Hannaford Supermarkets Company located in Scarborough Maine. She has held multiple positions throughout her career including Industrial Engineer, Project Manager, and Application Development Manager.

Lisa graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and her MBA from Rivier College.

Drew McCombs, Epic
My name is Drew McCombs and I'm a software developer and team leader at Epic. I graduated from Michigan State University in 2006 and have primarily been working in the healthcare setting developing solution in for Epic's electronic medical record software. I'm experienced in developing large projects, managing applications and teams and have been leading the implementation of agile practices on my most recent team. I'm also involved in the interview process at Epic demoing our software and conducting technical interviews.

Molly Stiffler, Epic
My name is Molly Stiffler and I'm a recruiter working in the human resources department at Epic. I graduated from UW-Madison in 2011 with a degree in Journalism (Strategic Communication) and Sociology. I am also coordinating all recruiting efforts at UW-Madison this fall campus season. I have hired for a variety of positions here at Epic - including quality assurance, technical communications, project management, technical services, e-learning training, software development, and clinical informatics.

Florentina Popovici, Google
Florentina Popovici currently works at Google, where she focuses on distributed systems. She received her doctorate from the Computer Sciences Department at University of Wisconsin-Madison under the direction of Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau and Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau. One of her fond memories from those times is setting a Datamation world sort record, which will never be claimed by anybody else. She is a two-time winner of the IBM PhD fellowship award. She enjoys the analysis, design, and implementation of large scale distributed storage systems. At Google she worked on the Google File System, and currently she analyzes and helps design distributed systems for availability and performance.

Fall Breakfast at Bluephies, 2013-10-19

Our annual fall breakfast at Bluephies will be on Saturday, October 19. The Microsoft Jim Gray Systems Lab is generously sponsoring breakfast. More details are available on the mailing list!

WACM Explains... Introduction to Linux and the CSL Labs, 2013-09-11 and 2013-09-16

Are you taking your first Linux-based course this semester (such as 354 or 367)? Or do you need a quick refresher? At our talk, we'll cover things like:
* Command line basics: ls, cd, mv, cp, rm, tab completion, etc...
* Man pages
* CSL-specific features:
 *Backups (and recovering lost files)
 *Printing
 *Directory structure and quotas
 *Your personal web page
* Profile (setting environmental variables)
* Text editors: vi and emacs
* Compilation: javac, gcc, g++
* ssh (or: how to work from home)

Wednesday, September 11, 5:30-6:30pm in 1221 CS
Thursday, September 19, 5:30-6:30pm in 1221 CS

Note: Both sessions are identical. Attend only one.

Here's the handout from this event.

Microsoft-Sponsored WACM Speaker Series: Jennifer Bechmann from Microsoft, 2013-09-16

Please join us for the first event of the WACM Mentoring Program Speaker Series, Fall 2013. This event is sponsored by Microsoft.

The speaker will be Jennifer Beckmann, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft and a UW CS alum. We will have a discussion about her work and experiences on Monday 16 September 2013 at 6:00 pm in CS 2310. This discussion will provide a great opportunity to ask Jennifer questions about her experiences in our department and in industry.

WACM Fall Potluck, 2013-09-12

WACM will be having a potluck dinner to welcome our new graduate women on Thursday, September 12th at 6pm. New graduate students need not to bring anything to the dinner; please just come and meet the other women in the department! Everyone else, please bring a dish to share. More details available on the mailing list.

We're looking forward to the 2013-2014 year!

We'll be hosting a few activities at the beginning of the academic year, including our annual fall breakfast at Bluephies. Check back soon for more information.

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