Computer scientist selected to attend prestigious conference for women


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Hana Khamfroush, a computer science and engineering research associate in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science , has been selected to attend 2016 The Rising Stars in EECS workshop at Carnegie Mellon University in October.

The conference brings together over 60 top female graduates in the fields of electrical and computer engineering and computer science for two days of scientific interactions and career-oriented discussions. According to the American Society for Engineering Education, electrical engineering and computer engineering have the lowest percentages of female undergraduate students in all of engineering: 12.4 percent and 9.2 percent, respectively.

Khamfroush, from Sanandaj, Iran, said she applied for the workshop because she knows it could have a positive influence on her career.

“This workshop brings together the world’s brightest women Ph.D. students, postdocs, and engineers/scientists, for two days of scientific interactions and career-oriented discussions aimed at navigating the early stages of careers in academia,”Khamfroush said.  “I will get the opportunity to participate in sessions focused on landing a faculty job, navigating the promotion process, and building a professional support network, while attending other sessions with topics of interest to women in academia. I am so excited to participate in this workshop, and I am sure I will meet many inspiring people there.”

Hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and held in Pittsburgh at CMU, this esteemed conference allows students and researchers to present their research and have the opportunity to meet and receive career advice from faculty at UCB, MIT, Stanford University and other top universities.

“The workshop will give me the opportunity to meet and network with other graduate students, postdocs, and professors in my area and I’ll learn about the whole procedure of applying for faculty jobs, and hopefully how to land a faculty position,” she said. “Since this workshop is only for women in EECS, I can also learn about challenges that women might have in their early stage of faculty positions. Also, attendees of the previous rising star workshops are mostly hired by top ranked universities in the U.S. and all around the world. This gives me more hope and enthusiasm towards my final goal to become a professor in my field.”

Khamfroush did her undergraduate studies in Iran and earned her Ph.D. in telecommunications with distinction, from the University of Porto, in Portugal, in November of 2014.  She joined the Penn State computer science and engineering department in January of 2015.


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The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science was created in the spring of 2015 to allow greater access to courses offered by both departments for undergraduate and graduate students in exciting collaborative research in fields.

We offer B.S. degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering and data science and graduate degrees (master's degrees and Ph.D.'s) in electrical engineering and computer science and engineering. EECS focuses on the convergence of technologies and disciplines to meet today’s industrial demands.

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