BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) program, dedicated to bridging the gender gap in information technology, is now under the leadership of Indiana University.
This transition, effective November 20, 2023, aims to maintain and expand the program’s success in promoting diversity in the fields of network engineering and high performance computing. Brenna Meade, senior network architect at International Networks at IU, will become WINS program director in 2024.
Dave Jent, IU associate vice president for networks, has long been a champion of WINS, both financially and philosophically. “WINS embodies IU’s commitment to a more inclusive IT community,” he said. “Together, we champion diversity and unity, forging a brighter future for network engineering and high performance computing.”
Brenna Meade, WINS program director
Meade herself is a proud alumna of the WINS program.
“WINS changed my career and my life dramatically,” she said. “I’m honored to help other women experience the same career-altering opportunities that I did through WINS. I’m excited to bring more women into the field of networking.”
“Leading the WINS program was a privilege, and I’m excited to witness its continued success under Indiana University’s stewardship. This transition is a testament to the program’s enduring impact in promoting gender diversity in IT,” said Meehl.
Each year, WINS sponsors up to seven early- to mid-career women from the U.S. research and education IT community for “hands-on” experience with SCinet, one of the fastest and most advanced computer networks in the world. When WINS started, fewer than 14% of SCinet volunteers were women. Now, that number has tripled, with several alumni moving on to SCinet management roles.