Candidates for 2024 IEEE Women in Engineering Committee Chair-Elect.

The sequence of candidates was determined by lottery and indicates no preference.

  • Winnie Ye (Nominated by IEEE Women in Engineering)
  • Cinzia Da Viá (Nominated by IEEE Women in Engineering)


Balloting for the 2023 IEEE Annual Election ended at 12:00 pm EDT (16:00 UTC) on 2 October 2023. The unofficial election results will be announced on 6 October 2023.

Winnie Ye

Headshot of Winnie Ye

(Nominated by IEEE Women in Engineering)

Carleton University
Ottawa, Canada


Dr. Winnie Ye is a full Professor in the Department of Electronics at Carleton University and a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC). Her expertise is in silicon photonics and its applications in telecommunications, data communication, biophotonics, and renewable energy. Dr. Ye received her B.Eng. (Carleton), M.A.Sc. (Toronto) and Ph.D. degree (Carleton), in 2000, 2002, 2007, respectively. She won the prestigious 2021 IEEE MGA Leadership Award, and Partners In Research's 2020 National Technology and Engineering Ambassador Award. She is the recipient of the 2018 IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Inspiring Member of the Year Award, 2018 Engineering Medal for Research and Development from the Ontario Professional Engineers (PEO), the PEO Ottawa Chapter's Engineering Excellence Award, as well as two University Research Excellence Awards. She has been the IEEE Canada WIE elected Chair since 2021, and served as the IEEE Ottawa WIE Affinity Group Chair from 2012 to 2020. 



I would like to serve as the WIE Chair-Elect to further promote achievements of women professionals in fields of interest to IEEE. If elected, I will promote industrial participation in all professional activities (conferences/workshops/seminars/webinars) to further increase the presence and impact of WIE. I will also encourage collaboration with other Groups, such as Young Professionals, Student Branches and Life Members to allow a sustainable growth of WIE. Joint organization of programs, journals, and conferences would offer new opportunities to grow and to increase awareness for WIE. One of my top priorities will be the recruitment of new and retention of our existing members. I will focus on the promotion of the scholarships and awards to recognize our outstanding members and to inspire new members to join our diverse community. Let’s work together to build a welcoming IEEE WIE platform to promote, advance and empower women in the workplace and community.


IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

IEEE Awards

  • 2022 IEEE Ottawa Outstanding Volunteer Award
  • 2021 IEEE MGA Leadership Award
  • 2018 IEEE WIE Inspiring Member of the Year Award
  • 2020 IEEE Canada Exemplary Large Section Award (Chair, Ottawa Section)
  • 2017 Outstanding IEEE Ottawa Section Affinity Group of the Year Award (Chair, WIE Ottawa)
  • 2015 IEEE Photonics Society (PHO) Chapter of the Year Award (Vice-Chair, PHO Ottawa Section)

IEEE Activities


  • 2020 and 2023 IEEE Sections Congress, Local Organizing Committee Chair
  • 2021-Present, IEEE Canada (Region 7) WIE Chair
  • 2021 Member, IEEE Canada Board of Directors
  • 2021 Chair, IEEE Canada Members Services Group Committee


  • 2021-Present, Chair, IEEE Ottawa PHO
  • 2020-Present, Faculty Counselor, IEEE Carleton University Student Branch
  • 2015-2021 Vice Chair, IEEE Ottawa PHO
  • 2019-2020 Chair, IEEE Ottawa Section
  • 2012-2020 Chair, IEEE Ottawa WIE
  • 2013-2014 Secretary, IEEE Ottawa PHO


  • 2023 Chair, International IEEE WIE Forum for Leaders
  • 2012-2023 Lead organizer of 20 IEEE Ottawa WIE/PHO Chapter Technical Seminar series
  • 2022 Chair, IEEE WIE International Leadership Summit (ILS) - Toronto
  • 2022 Lead organizer, IEEE WIE R7 Global Marathon: Spanning the Globe with 25 Years of WIE
  • 2021 Lead organizer, WIE panel on “Awards Applications and Membership Advancements” at IEEE CCECE’21
  • 2021 Lead organizer, Panel discussion on “Career Transitions” at IEEE WIE ILC’21
  • 2012-2014, 2018-2019 Invited speaker, IEEE WIE Wine and Cheese Social
  • 2018 Invited speaker, Advancing New Canadian Women in Technology (ANCWT)
  • 2017 Lead organizer and panelist, “Forum for Women in Photonics” at the Photonics North (PN’2017)
  • 2016  Panelist, “WIE Discussion”, at the IEEE EMBS International Student Conference (ISC) 2016, promoting EDI
  • 2012 Panelist, “Connect, Communicate, and Collaborate with WIE” at IEEE ICC 2012
  • 2012 Keynote Speaker, IEEE International Student Professional Awareness Conference
  • 2011 Invited speaker, IEEE Ottawa Section "Beyond Engineering” Seminar Series

Cinzia Da Viá

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(Nominated by IEEE Women in Engineering)

Professor of Physics
The University of Manchester
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Manchester, United Kingdom, and
Visiting Research Professor
                               Stony Brook University
                               Stony Brook, New York, USA

Cinzia Da Vià received her PhD in Physics at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, working at the European Center for Particle Physics (CERN) on radiation detectors and their spinoff applications to medicine, while being awarded a CERN fellowship. She formed and led an international collaboration to develop a novel detector design (3D) with unprecedented radiation tolerance and speed and is one of the discoverers of the radiation hardness properties of silicon sensors at cryogenic temperatures (Lazarus Effect). She is presently working on quantum imaging for biology applications and is the Independent Committee co-chair of the EU ATTRACT Initiative which support innovative radiation imaging technology research projects in Europe. She is the Chief Editor of the Frontiers in Physics, Radiation Detectors and Imaging Journal and a member of the Technology and Innovation Group of the European Physical Society.  She has co-authored more than 900 papers and one book on 3D-radiation detectors. 



Interacting with WIE members all over the world during the 25th Anniversary Celebrations was an incredible experience. I will never stop being marveled by the creativity, enthusiasm, strength, and energy of the women I met within WIE. Together we created new bridges and gave new dimensions to networking, to the implementation of new ideas and to the active promotion of women's scientific recognition. As Chair-Elect, I would continue this journey together with as many WIE members, students, and young professionals as possible to explore additional ways to collaborate, contribute and grow together. We are currently facing many challenges in the world where women are directly involved and should actively contribute in finding technical solutions. Climate change is one of them. WIE should become an asset within IEEE in strengthening cooperation among societies and councils, making trans-disciplinary actions a reality, and consolidating the equal, diverse, and inclusive dimension of our society.


IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

  • IEEE Senior Member
  • IEEE Nuclear Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Awards Committee, 2019-2022
  • IEEE NPSS Distinguished-Lecturer, 2016-present
  • IEEE NPSS Nuclear Science Symposium Chair, Manchester, UK, 2019
  • International Scientific Committee Member IEEE ANIMMA Conference, 2017-present
  • Member of the IEEE NPSS Transnational Committee representing the UK, 2013-present
  • Reviewer of IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, 2000-present
  • NPS-Liaison Representative, Women in Engineering, 2017-2022
  • IEEE Annual Election Candidate for IEEE Women in Engineering Committee Chair-Elect, 2021
  • NPS-Functional Committee Chairpersons, Women in Engineering, 2017-2022
  • IEEE NPSS RITC Committee Member, 2015-2017 and 2021-present
  • Chair of the 2022 WIE 25th Anniversary Celebration Ad Hoc Sub-Committee
  • Lecturer and WIE coordinator at IEEE NPSS Instrumentation Schools in Developing Countries (South Africa, Indonesia, Senegal, Vietnam), 2018-present
  • Recipient of IEEE NPSS Initiative Funds to sponsor WIE events at Instrumentation Schools in Developing Countries (South Africa, Indonesia, Senegal, Vietnam), 2020-present
  • Sponsor of several women for IEEE Awards, 2016-present
  • TAB Awards and Recognition Committee, Corresponding Member NPSS, 2022
  • TAB Strategic Planning Committee, Corresponding Member NPSS, 2022
  • TAB Climate Program, Corresponding Member NPSS, 2021-present
  • 2022 Recipient, IEEE WIE Committee Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award