The IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Affinity Group (AG) of the IEEE Italy Section was born in December 2016 to promote and sustain the presence of women engineers in the Universities, industries and institutions at national level.
WIE is one of the largest international professional organizations dedicated to promoting women engineers and scientists, and inspiring girls around the world to follow their interests in engineering.

In agreement with the WIE mission and vision, the main goal of the Italian WIE AG is to create a collaborative environment where members can establish new relationships, sharing ideas and projects to facilitate the access and to sustain the presence of women in the engineering disciplines. In Italy women are very active in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines, but they are still a minority. Enlarging the number of women in STEM deals with the future growth of our country.
To achieve these objectives, our road map will include:
• Facilitate the development of programs and activities that promote the entry into, and retention of women in engineering programs
• Advocate women in leadership roles in IEEE governance, and career advancement for women in the profession
• Organize receptions at major technical conferences to enhance networking and to promote new memberships in WIE
• Networking with similar initiatives and cooperate with other groups promoting women in STEM, for reinforcing their effectiveness at national and international level.


Last July, the first general Assembly of the WIE AG Italy Section elected the following officers for the AG committee:
Chair Dajana CASSIOLI , University of L’Aquila
Vice-Chair Patrizia LAMBERTI, University of Salerno
Secretary Cristina Emilia COSTA , FBK CREATE-NET Trento
Treasurer Angela Sara CACCIAPUOTI, University of Naples Federico II

The first IEEE Italy Section WIE Affinity Group Meeting will be held on the 13th September, in Modena, during the IEEE RTSI2017 .