IEEE 5th World Forum on Internet of Things
15-18 April 2019 – Limerick, Ireland

Women in Engineering Program

Time: Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 11:30-21:00
Room: TBA

The Women in Engineering Program at IEEE WF-IoT 2019 is aimed at professional women in technology, from industry or academia. It is designed to provide the opportunity to create communities to facilitate knowledge sharing and provide support through highly interactive sessions designed to foster discussion and collaboration.


11:30-12:10 Keynote Speaker (TBC)

12:10-12:20 WIE Activities Talk: Maria-Alexandra Paun, Scientist, EPFL, Switzerland; Chair, IEEE Switzerland; Chair, IEEE Switzerland Women in Engineering; Vitality Officer, IEEE R8 Women in Engineering

Abstract: During her talk, Dr. Maria-Alexandra Paun, Chair of IEEE Switzerland Affinity Group, will discuss about the IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE), with a highlight on IEEE Region 8 WIE and best practices from IEEE WIE Switzerland. Potential synergies between IEEE WIE and IoT initiative will be also explored during the round table/panel discussion.

IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Affinity Group

  • As an IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group we aim at promoting and recognizing the merits of women scientists. We also strive to encourage the careers of young female engineers, by providing them with role models from the scientific and research environment, and their exemplary achievements.
  • At more practical level, we organize discussions and meetings, various competitions, etc. Please have a look at a sample of our activities from IEEE Switzerland WIE:

For more details on the activities of the global IEEE WIE, please consult

Maria-Alexandra PaunMaria-Alexandra Paun

Biography: Dr. Maria-Alexandra Paun is currently a researcher at EPFL Switzerland, where she works in the development of electronics for medical devices (MedTech). Dr. Maria-Alexandra Paun received the Engineer Diploma in 2008 from Politehnica University of Bucharest, FILS, Romania, with a major in Computer Science, graduating top of her class. The Master Project was carried out at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL, Switzerland). During 2008-2009, she was awarded a postgraduate Marie Curie research fellowship at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, where she worked in the field of OCT. Between 2009 and 2013, she was Assistant – Ph.D. student at EPFL. She received her PhD degree in June 2013 on the subject of Hall Effect sensors. During 2013-2015, Maria-Alexandra was a Visiting Researcher at University of Cambridge, UK, with two postdoctoral fellowships from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Her h-index is 10. She is committed to volunteering work within IEEE, as she is currently Chair of IEEE Switzerland Section, Chair of IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Affinity Group in Switzerland and Corresponding Member in the IEEE R8 WIE Subcommittee.

12:20-13:20 Panel Discussion: Leadership: Insights and Experience from Leading Women in Technology, Grainne Barry, Grainne Murphy, Maria-Alexandra Paun, and Ita Richardson

Grainne BarryPanelist 1: Grainne Barry

Biography: Gráinne Barry is the Regional Operations Director (Europe & India) for STATS Data & Technology Ltd.  STATS are the most innovative sports technology company world-wide and are head-quartered in Chicago with its EMEA head-quarters based in Limerick, employing 130 people.  Gráinne was previously COO with Irish health technology company Salaso, a SaaS company offering rehabilitation and injury prevention products, and which scaled internationally.   Gráinne has a passion for technology, data, building growth companies, and likes sport!

Grainne MurphyPanelist 2: Grainne Murphy

Biography: Grainne Murphy of Analog Devices (ADI) is a marketing manager in their Industrial and IoT Solutions Group. She manages alliances & customer engagement in the Industrial IOT space spanning many technology groups within Analog Devices. She is a University of Limerick graduate (BENG) and also holds an MBA from Oxford Brookes University.

Panelist 3: Maria-Alexandra Paun

Ita RichardsonPanelist 4: Ita Richardson

Biography: Prof Ita Richardson, a University of Limerick graduate, commenced her academic career with UL in 1992, where she teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students.  She leads a number of research projects, and supervises PhD students and researchers in this role.  As an active member of the international Software Engineering research community, Ita’s research currently focuses on the topics of Global Software Development and Connected Health. Her research is funded from a variety of sources including Science Foundation Ireland, European Union, Irish Research Council and Enterprise Ireland. Her research collaborators include University Hospital Limerick, University Maternity Hospital Limerick, Bon Secours Hospital Tralee, Ocuco Ltd, Homesafe Care and IBM.

Throughout her career, Ita has supported women’s issues, particularly within Science and Engineering disciplines.  Since 2017, she holds the position of Special Advisor to the University of Limerick President on Equality and Diversity, with responsibility for developing the Equality & Diversity strategy for UL.  In this role, she is a member of the Irish University Association Vice-Presidents’ group on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.   She represented the University of Limerick on the Higher Education Authority Athena SWAN committee, is currently a member of the Athena SWAN University and Science & Engineering committees and chair of the CSIS-Lero Athena SWAN committee.  Ita was an investigator on the EU-funded project FESTA: Female Empowerment in Science and Technology Academia (2012-2017) which developed policy and training courses for use within Universities across Europe.  Within UL, she has developed courses for women studying Science, Engineering and Technology, and was Principal Investigator on a Science Foundation Ireland project to undertake a Gender Audit.


Who Can Participate?

Professional women in technology, from industry or academia.


Sinead O’Keeffe, University of Limerick