Wendi B. Heinzelman received a BS degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1995 and MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT in 1997 and 2000, respectively. Since 2001, Dean Heinzelman has been a faculty member of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She also holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Computer Science. Professor Heinzelman was a Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2008.
Professor Heinzelman's research interests lie in the areas of wireless communications and networking, mobile computing, and multimedia communication. Specifically, her research focuses on transforming users' experiences with mobile ad hoc and wireless sensor networks through design of advanced protocols and architectures that provide reliability for diverse applications. Dr. Heinzelman received the NSF CAREER award in 2005 for her research on cross-layer architectures for wireless sensor networks, and she received the ONR Young Investigator Award in 2005 for her work on balancing resource utilization in wireless sensor networks. She is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and an area editor for ACM Mobile Computing and Communications Review (MC2R), and she was a guest editor for the EURASIP Journal of Wireless Communications and Networking Special Issue on Wireless Sensor Networks, 2005.
Dr. Heinzelman teaches classes on digital signal processing and wireless communications. She received the G. Graydon Curtis '58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching for a Nontenured Member of the Faculty in 2003. Dr. Heinzelman is a member of Sigma Xi and the ACM, she is a senior member of the IEEE, and she is co-founder of the N^2Women (Networking Networking Women) group, whose goal is to support women in the field of networking and communications.