School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

Women in CSEE

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Nearly three quarters of the personnel working at Bletchley Park were women. Women programmers helped put men on the moon. Professor Dame Ann Dowling became the first woman President of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014.

Women have been computer scientists and engineers for centuries. They continue to make essential contributions to the fields, from computer game development, network security, and machine learning, through to signal processing, and digital system design.

At Essex we know that women have plenty to contribute to computer science and electronic engineering. Without diversity there can be no innovation. The next breakthrough in artificial intelligence, or the next development in assistive technology, may come from women. But only if women have the support to study these areas at university.

We want to do our part to help women progress in our tech-dominated world. Are you ready to take the next step with us?

Dr Alba Garcia Seco De Herrera, Lecturer at the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
I am a lecturer at CSEE and my research interests lie primarily in the area of biomedical computer vision, i.e., seeking automated understanding of visual information in biomedical images. I am one of the founders and organizers of the WCSEE group. We aim at changing the ratio in STEM and inspiring and encouraging the new generation of women studying at our school.
Dr Alba Garcia Seco De Herrera Lecturer, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

Why Essex?

Our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE) offers a range of degrees for the aspiring engineer or computer scientist. We encourage our students to come up with creative new ways to solve problems while developing their technical expertise. Our work has real-world impact. Our research enables the police to use drones to find missing persons. Our 'Nevermind' app aims to help people cope with daily stressful situations. Our robotics group is studying the potential for robots to save people from loneliness.

Our Women in CSEE group supports women across all levels of our School. The group meets regularly during term-time, and previous speakers have included Professor Maria Fasli who discussed her career in computer and data science. Our academics are keen to act as mentors for women students looking for a future in computing and engineering.

Whatever path you choose we're here to help you gain the skills and experience you need.

We Are Essex

Women in our School do some amazing things.

Read our We Are Essex stories to learn about their life, their Essex experience and what they want to do in the future. We've handpicked a few to get your started.

Women in CSEE group volunteers

WCSEE Meetings

We meet every second Wednesday of the month at 2.00pm in EBS.2.1. For more information email

Our next meeting will be held on 12 December 2019 with Mandy Borges from the University of Essex Organisational Development team. 

At this meeting Mandy will be discussing "Raising Your Profile". Most of us find it hard to blow our own trumpet and let others know about all the great things that we do and what we are capable of doing. This session will give you the opportunity to think about what stops you from letting others know of your achievements, give you some ideas about how you can be more visible and enable you to develop your own personal action plan for the future.

Get in touch
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WCSEE Info General Contact
Do you need a female mentor?
Dr Aline Villavicencio Lecturer
Telephone: +44 (0) 1206 874414
Dr Alba Garcia Lecturer
Telephone: +44 (0) 1206 872907