Dr. Urbashi Mitra

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Urbashi Mitra received the B.S. and the M.S. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987 (high honors) and 1989 respectively, both in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. From 1989 until 1990 she worked as a Member of Technical Staff at Bellcore in Red Bank, NJ. In 1994, she received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in Electrical Engineering. From 1994 to 2000, Dr. Mitra was in the Department of Electrical Engineering at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. She joined the University of Southern California in 2001 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2005. Her research interests include multi-user detection theory, wireless communications, underwater acoustic communications, wireless network optimization, sparse approximation theory, equalization, wireless resource allocation, ultra wideband communications, and sensor networks.

Dr. Mitra has formerly served as an Associate Editor for the following IEEE publications: Transactions on Communications, Transactions on Information Theory and Journal of Oceanic Engineering. Dr. Mitra is a member of the IEEE Information Theory Society’s Board of Governors (2002-2007, 2012-2014) and the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Technical Committee on Signal Processing for Communications and Networks (2012-2014). Dr. Mitra is a Fellow of the IEEE. She is the recipient of:  2012 Globecom Signal Processing for Communications Symposium Best Paper Award, 2012 NAE Lillian Gilbreth Lectureship, USC Center for Excellence in Research Fellowship (2010-2013), the 2009 DCOSS Applications & Systems Best Paper Award, Texas Instruments Visiting Professor (Fall 2002, Rice University), 2001 Okawa Foundation Award, 2000 OSU College of Engineering Lumley Award for Research, 1997 OSU College of Engineering MacQuigg Award for Teaching, and a 1996 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. Dr. Mitra currently serves on the IEEE Fourier Award for Signal Processing committee and the IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal committee.