2008-2009

ECE Professor Wenjing Lou Awarded Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is pleased to announce that professor Wenjing Lou has been awarded tenure, along with a promotion to associate professor.  Lou joined WPI as an assistant professor in 2003.  Since then, she has established a strong research program on wireless networking and security in the ECE department.  Her research work, by any standard, has been truly exceptional.  To date, Lou has published one book, three book chapters, 28 journal papers and 49 conference papers.  She has received $1.3 million in external research funding from highly competitive funding sources such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and has supervised 7 Ph.D students.  Her research on wireless networks, particularly mobile ad hoc networks and sensor networks, won her a 2008 NSF CAREER Award, the most prestigious honor bestowed on young faculty by the foundation.  She is also well-known for her work in wireless network security which has won her three other NSF research awards.  Her research has earned her international renown, and her published work has been frequently cited by research groups worldwide.

Lou is also an active member of the research community.  She has been invited to serve as an editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communication, a recognition of her research excellence by her peers.  She also chaired the General Symposium of the IEEE GLOBECOM conference in 2007 and has committed to chair the Security Symposium of the IEEE ICC conference in 2010 (GLOBECOM and ICC are the IEEE Communication Society’s two flagship conferences).  In addition, she has served on the Technical Program Committee for a number of high caliber IEEE and ACM conferences such as IEEE INFOCOM and ACM MobiHoc.  Lou’s research accomplishments have also earned her frequent invitations to serve on proposal review panels for the National Science Foundation.

Lou earned a BE and an ME in computer science and engineering at Xi’an Jiaotong University in China, a MASc in computer communications at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and a PhD in wireless networks at the University of Florida.

February 24, 2009