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Dr. Wenjing Lou is Newest ECE Faculty Member

Braving the New England winter for the first time, WPI's newest ECE assistant professor Dr. Wenjing Lou, has quite the acclimation to make. Direct from three years at sunny University of Florida, her jump from Florida to Worcester isn't the biggest she's taken. The summer of 1999 marked her travel from Singapore to New Jersey, after ten years of study in P.R. China and nearby Singapore. However, the weather may be the only thing she has to adjust to.

Dr. Lou is currently teaching the graduate course EE579: Computer Security. Although this is her first teaching position, Dr. Lou has a rich history of involvement in networks, computer communications and research. Dr. Lou obtained her Bachelor Degree at Xi'an Jiaotong University, P.R. China in 1993. Continuing her education there, she focused on computer networks and received her Master's Degree in 1996. During this time, she also worked as a research assistant on network configuration and software development for the campus. From 1996 to 1999 she not only received her M.A.Sc in computer communications from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, she also researched ATM networks and the transmission of MPEG-2 video stream over ATM networks, working as a research scholar. Then, at the Network Technology Research Centre at Nanyang Technological University, as a research engineer, Dr. Lou worked on the SingAREN project, a national broadband network infrastructure based on ATM. During this time she additionally served as the network administrator of the Network Technology Research Centre.

At this point, Dr. Lou relocated to New Jersey, and became a teaching assistant in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the New Jersey Institute of Technology for a Computer Networks course. In August of 2000, Dr. Lou moved south to the University of Florida where she again worked as a research assistant for the Wireless Networks Laboratory on campus. There, her focus was an Office of Naval Research project concerned with routing and security issues for wireless mobile ad hoc networks. While at the University of Florida, she specialized in Wireless Networks, and in 2003, earned her Ph.D.

Throughout all of her experience and research, Dr. Lou's research has remained focused on mobile ad hoc networks, wireless networks, network security and ATM networks. Her teaching interests parallel her research interests and include computer networks, computer communications and wireless networks.

Dr. Lou's research and education has resulted in number of publications, including refereed conference papers, refereed journal papers, and a book chapter. She has received numerous honors and awards, namely Student Travel Grants for paper presentation in MILCOM 2002 and MILCOM 2001, and recommended admission to Graduate School and the Excellent Students' class of Xi'an Jiaotong University in 1993 and 1989. Dr. Lou maintains membership with the professional organization IEEE, and Tau Beta Pi. She has served as a session chair of the Wireless Communications Symposium at the IEEE GLOBECOM 2003, and as a member of the Technical Program Committee at the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference.

WPI and ECE welcome Dr. Wenjing Lou and embrace the diversity and experiences she brings to the faculty and the community.

Acknowledgements

Article researched and written by Valery Sheridan (ECE '06).

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December 1, 2003