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IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) is dedicated to promoting women engineers and scientists and inspiring girls around the world to follow their academic interests to a career in engineering.

Local Organising Committee


Chair: Fatemeh Jalali
Vice-Chair: Nalika Dona
Treasurer: Hongmei(Harmony) Yu
Secretary: Mahsa Salehi

Event Organiser: Bonnie Vong
Webmaster & Event manager: Subhashi Jayasekara
Activity organiser & Publication manager: Audrey Patarroyo Sánchez

Fatemeh Jalali

Fatemeh Jalali is currently a research scientist at IBM Research. Her background is a combination of telecommunications and computer engineering. she is a strong advocate of diversity, equality and wellbeing within the workplace.

Fatemeh’s technical activities and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) promotion activities are recognized by various professional organizations.

Hongmei(Harmony) Yu

Hongmei(Harmony) Yu is currently working at GNS Associates Pty Ltd as a design engineer. She received her bachelor degree in Electronic Engineering with honours from the La Trobe University. She is an active volunteer for the IEEE and she has initiated the La Trobe University WIE affinity group student branch in 2015. Hongmei Yu is interested in wearable technology and she was invited to teach a series of e-textiles workshop to high school students as part of the extra curriculum. She has also demonstrated in the WIE organised wearable workshops and participated in a number of wearable technology events, including the Australian Wearable Technology Challenge, the “Electronica” and the Hearing Focused E-Sewing/Wearable.

Mahsa Salehi

Mahsa Salehi is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University. Her main research area is Machine Learning and Data Stream Mining. Mahsa was a postdoctoral researcher at IBM Research Australia before she joined Monash University. She received her PhD in Computer Science the University of Melbourne (2012-2016). In 2016 she was selected as the ‘Top 200 Most Qualified Young Researchers in Computer Science and Mathematics’ by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF).

Bonnie Vong

Bonnie Vong graduated in 2013 from The University of Adelaide with First Class Honours in Bachelor of Engineering, major in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. She is currently living in Melbourne and has been working over 2 years as a Reliability Engineer at Visionstream. Her current career focus is to learn and gain more technical experience in Telecommunication industry.

She has been participated in many social activities where she like to encourage her younger generations pursuing a career in STEM, especially female students. Outside of works, she wants to build and improve her personal and fitness goals by learning from other influencers.

Subhashi Jayasekara

Subhashi Jayasekara graduated in 2014 from the University of Westminster with First Class Honours in Bachelor of Engineering, Software Engineering. She also graduated in 2017 from Charles Sturt University with distinction in Master of Information Technology. She is interested in the fields, Software Engineering, Business Analysis, and Automation, and currently working as a Process Automation Consultant at FlexRule.

Audrey Patarroyo Sánchez

Audrey graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering. She moved to Australia from Colombia in order to continue her post-graduate studies in Management and Leadership. She has experience in the Telecommunications, Automation and Manufacturing industries. Audrey is passionate about making a positive impact on society by putting her engineering and leadership skills towards creating a more sustainable and environmentally responsible world.


Ruwangi Fernando

Ruwangi Fernando is a current PhD research student and a sessional academic at Victoria University. She is born and raised in Sri Lanka and completed a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colombo and her master’s degree from the University of Wolverhampton (Batch Top) in the field of Information technology. Along with her academic success, she also held senior managerial position at different reputed academic institutions in Sri Lanka. Her passion to help female STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) students to be successful in their future endorsers and she has actively contributed by organising many initiatives which benefit STEM woman.

Mahnaz Shafiei

Mahnaz Shafiei is currently a Senior Lecturer and Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow – Women in STEM – at Swinburne University of Technology (SUT), Melbourne and a visiting fellow at IFE/QUT, Brisbane. Mahnaz has extensive experience in nanomaterials, gas sensing techniques, and device fabrication. Her research focus is on sensors and nanomaterials and their practical use for health and environmental monitoring. She is investigating new technologies to develop reliable, portable gas sensors with ultra-low power requirements to be embedded in sensor nodes for Internet-of-Things applications or in mobile systems.

Former Committees

2016 Committee

Chair: Nalika Dona
Vice-Chair: Fatemeh Jalali
Treasurer: Marcela Vecino
Secretary: Fatemeh Jalali

2015 Committee

Chair: Ee Hui Lim
Vice-Chair: Mehrnaz Shoushtarian
Treasurer: Annick Boghossian
Secretary: Nalika Dona

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