Mariya Zheleva

Dr. Mariya Zheleva is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Director of the Ubiquitous Networking Laboratory (UbiNET Lab) at the University at Albany. In 2019, she became the recipient of the highly competitive National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. This award came with funding of $510,494 which is being used to develop a framework for spectrum measurement and a long-term, integrated program of research, education and outreach related to spectrum sharing. Dr. Zheleva’s CAREER Award came at the heels of another NSF grant of $1.5 million to support her research helping rural communities in Upstate New York to substantially improve emergency preparedness and response. She was also a recipient of a 2019 University at Albany President’s Award for Exemplary Public Engagement for her leadership in closing the connectivity gap in rural communities.


Dr. Zheleva’s research focus is on wireless networks for infrastructure-challenged regions, characterized with low-bandwidth Internet gateways, lack of reliable electricity and sparse populations. In order to connect such regions, she has designed distributed cellular network systems to provide voice, text messaging and data connectivity. She is also working on Dynamic Spectrum Access systems for long-distance high-bandwidth connectivity.

In the past, Dr. Zheleva has worked on other projects related to wireless networking including monitoring, medium access control for 60 GHz networks and smart phones.








Sachin Katti


Sachin Katti is currently an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University. He recently received his PhD in EECS from MIT in 2009. His research focuses on designing and building next generation high capacity wireless networks using techniques from information and coding theory. His dissertation research focused on redesigning wireless mesh networks with network coding as the central unifying design paradigm. The dissertation won the 2008 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award – Honorable Mention, the George Sprowls Award for Best Doctoral Dissertation in EECS at MIT. His work on network coding was also awarded a MIT Deshpande Center Innovation Grant, and won the 2009 William Bennett Prize for Best Paper in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. His research interests are in networks, wireless communications, applied coding theory and security.

Academic Appointments

Honors & Awards

  • Grant, Okawa Foundation (2013)
  • Best Paper Awards, ACM HomeNets (2011)
  • Best Demonstration Award, ACM MOBICOM (2010)
  • William Bennett Prize, IEEE (2008)
  • Doctoral Dissertation Award, ACM (2009)

Professional Education

  • PhD, MIT (2009)

Dongning Guo


Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

M.A. Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

M.Eng. Electrical Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore

B.Eng. Electrical Engineering & Information Science, University of Science & Technology of China, Hefei, China


Research Interests

My research interests lie in blockchain technologies, wireless communications, information theory, communication networks, and machine learning. My current projects concern blockchain analysis and design, next-generation cellular networks, the Internet of Things, and applications of deep learning in wireless networks.

Dirk Grundwald

Post-Baccalaureate Faculty Director • Professor
Dirk Grunwald is the Wilfred and Caroline Slade Endowed Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, in the Department of Computer Science. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign under Dr. Daniel Reed in the Department of Computer Science. He has been a member of the CU Boulder faculty since 1989. He holds joint appointments in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering and the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program.

Dirk works in the area of computer systems, broadly defined. This includes network, wireless networking and computer architecture, as well as privacy and analysis of data sets. Previously, he has been involved in high performance computing and storage systems. He is also interested in and publishes on technology policy, particularly Internet and wireless policy.

Zoya Popovic

Prof. Popovic advises on research in areas of high-efficiency linear and broadband microwave power amplifiers, low-loss broadband microwave and millimeter-wave circuits and antennae, millimeter-wave and THz quasi-optical techniques, active antenna arrays, wireless powering for low-power sensors and high-power wireless near-field charging, microwave applications in medicine such as high-field MRI and core body temperature measurements, microwave heating for waste management and Rydberg atom microwave and millimeter-wave quantum sensors.

Distinguished Professor • Lockheed Martin Endowed Chair in RF Engineering


Scott Barker

N. Scott Barker received the B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Virginia in 1994 and the M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1996 and 1999 respectively.

In 1999 he joined the Naval Research Laboratory as a staff scientist in the Microwave Technology Branch. He is currently a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. His research interests include applying MEMS and micromachining techniques to the development of millimeter-wave and terahertz circuits and components. He has over 100 publications and several patents in this field. In 2011 he co-founded the company Dominion MicroProbes, Inc., to develop and market THz frequency technology co-invented by his group at the University of Virginia, including 500-750 GHz and 750-1100 GHz on-wafer probes.

Prof. Barker has served on the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques technical committee on RF-MEMS (MTT-21) since 2000 and was the committee chair from 2008 to 2011. He has also served on the IMS Technical Program Review Committee since 2001. He served on the Steering Committee of IMS2011 in Baltimore, was the TPC co-chair for IMS2014 in Tampa, FL, and is Co-General Chair for IMS2024 in Washington, D.C. He served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques from 2010 to 2013 and was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters from 2016-2018. He is currently the Chair of the MTT-S Publications Committee.

Prof. Barker received the 2016 Edlich-Henderson Innovator of the Year Award, the 2012 IEEE MTT-S Outstanding Young Engineer Award, the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award in 2015, the New Faculty Teaching Award in 2006 and the Faculty Innovation Award in 2004. He is an IEEE Fellow, a recipient of the 2003 NSF CAREER Award, and was awarded the 2000 IEEE Microwave Prize for his work on RF-MEMS Phase Shifters.


B.S. ​University of Virginia, 1994

M.S. ​University of Michigan, 1996

Ph.D. ​University of Michigan, 1999


  • IEEE Fellow, 2018
  • Edlich-Henderson Innovator of the Year Award, UVA Licensing & Ventures Group, 2016
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2015
  • Outstanding Young Engineer Award, IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S), 2012
  • Microwave Prize, 2000

Research Interests:

  • Millimeter-Wave and Terahertz Electronics
  • Radio-Frequency Microelectromechanical Systems (RF-MEMS)
  • Wireless and Optical Communication Systems

J. Nicholas Laneman

Dr. Laneman is Founding Director and currently Co-Director of the Wireless Institute in the College of Engineering; Professor of Electrical Engineering, Faculty Affiliate of iNDustry Labs; and Fellow of the Pulte Institute for Global Development as well as the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values all at the University of Notre Dame. He joined the faculty in August 2002 shortly after earning a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research and teaching interests are in communications system engineering—blending information theory, signal processing for communications, as well as prototyping and experimental validation—with emphasis on wireless systems.

Laneman is a 2014 IEEE Fellow and received the 2018 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award. In addition to three conference best paper awards, Laneman has received a 2006 Presidential Early-Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and a 2006 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. He has served as General Co-Chair of the 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (DySPAN), an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications, and a Guest Editor for Special Issues of IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications. He was also the first Online Editor for the IEEE Information Theory Society and served on its Board of Governors.

Laneman is author or co-author on over 145 publications, including 46 journal articles and invited book chapters, and has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher (2010, 2015). He is co-inventor on eight U.S. patents and has several patents pending. He currently advises two Ph.D. students; twelve Ph.D. degrees, thirteen M.S. degrees, and one B.S. honors degree have been earned under his supervision. All of these research efforts have been supported in part by over $14M in funding, with Laneman serving as principal investigator on just over $5M.