Join us for presentations, panel discussions, a poster session, and career exploration. We welcome participation by anyone interested in learning about rewards of careers in computing fields or in advancing technology through broader representation of women.

Students! Come meet other people interested in computing, learn about career choices and graduate study, and attend a career fair.

Professionals! Meet and mentor the next generation of computing professionals, network with other technology leaders, and share your experiences and strategies for success.

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Dr. Laura Haas
IBM Fellow and Director
Accelerated Discovery Lab, IBM
Laura Haas

Laura Haas is an IBM Fellow and Director of IBM Research's Accelerated Discovery Lab. She has held a broad range of positions at IBM in both research and development divisions. She is known for her work in databases, information integration and environments for data science. She has received the Anita Borg Institute Technical Leadership Award, the ACM SIGMOD Codd Innovation Award and several IBM awards including a Corporate Award for information integration technology. She currently serves on the National Academies' Computer Science and Telecommunications Board. She is an ACM Fellow, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the IBM Academy of Technology, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Computing and Big Data Are Changing Everything and
You Can Help!

We can now create and obtain data faster than ever before. New technologies are enabling this wealth of data to be used to save lives, optimize businesses and accelerate discoveries in many fields. In this talk, I will draw on examples of several IBM projects to illustrate how "big data" technology is being used to change our world and improve our lives. We will end with a discussion of how YOU can have this sort of impact through your own career, briefly surveying possible career paths and some essential skills that can help you, regardless of the route you choose.


Dr. Katie A. Siek

Associate Professor
School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University

Katie Siek

Katie Siek is an associate professor in Informatics at Indiana University Bloomington. Her primary research interests are in human computer interaction, health informatics, and ubiquitous computing. More specifically, she is interested in how sociotechnical interventions affect personal health and well being. Her research is supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Science Foundation including a five-year NSF CAREER award. She has been awarded a CRA-W Borg Early Career Award (2012) and a Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance Distinguished Visiting Fellowship (2010 & 2015). Prior to returning to her alma mater, she was a professor for 7 years at the University of Colorado Boulder. She earned her PhD and MS at Indiana University Bloomington in computer science and her BS in computer science at Eckerd College. She was a National Physical Science Consortium Fellow at Indiana University and a Ford Apprentice Scholar at Eckerd College.

Live, Love, Research: Developing Health Informatics Technologies to Leave the World Better than I Found It

She has achieved success when she has lived well, loved much,
and researched with passion.*

In this talk, I will discuss how my life events empowered me to consider a career in science, technology, and engineering that could help others. Specifically, I will talk about two projects—one that assists low socioeconomic families improve their snacking and another that helps people create their own wearable and ambient health sensing systems. I will conclude with a vision where we use sociotechnical systems for preventative care measures by helping people understand how health is part of their everyday lives.

*Modified from Elisabeth-Anne Anderson Stanley's "What Constitutes Success."

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What is MICWIC?

The 6th biennial Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing (MICWIC 2017) is part of a nationwide effort to address the alarming decline of American women choosing computer science professions. In the tradition of prior ACM Celebrations, MICWIC 2017 will focus attention on the research success and career interests of women in computing and information technology. It will bring together students, faculty, and business leaders from across Michigan and neighboring states to discuss the role of women in today's technology fields, share experiences and strategies for success, and explore issues common to women working in these fields.


MICWIC is an ACM Celebration. For more information, contact micwic@acm.org

Countdown to MICWIC!

Registration is open!
  • Early Bird Registration ends March 1
  • Regular Registration ends March 27

Submissions accepted until February 15 March 1.

Pledges to sponsor and participate in the Career Fair accepted until February 27 March 6, space permitting.

MICWIC 2017 takes place Friday March 31, 4:00—10:00 pm and Saturday April 1, 9:00 am—4:00 pm.

Security Hackathon takes place Saturday April 1, 4:00—11:00 pm

The MICWIC 2017 Career Fair takes place on Saturday April 1, 1:00—3:00 pm.


We appreciate the generocity of all sponsors of MICWIC. Their support keeps MICWIC affordable and provides scholarships for students.

Platinum Sponsor


IBM and the IBM logo are trademarks of International Business Machines Corp., registered in many jurisdictions worldwide.

Gold Sponsors

Atomic Object Microsoft

Silver Sponsors

ford Google Department of Computer Science & Engineering, College of Engineering, Michigan State University Information Technology, Michigan State University Merit Oakland University University of Michigan - Flint

Bronze Sponsors

Auto-Owners Insurance Calvin College Central Michigan University Crowe Horwath Grand Rapids Community College Michigan Technological University Raytheon Security Innovation University of Michigan, Computer Science & Engineering USAA USAA USDI Vertafore Wayne State Western Michigan Whova


Michigan Council of Women in Technology University of Phoenix


March 31 to April 1, 2017

MICWIC will be held at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

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