Andrea Goldsmith, the Stephen Harris Professor and professor of electrical engineering, recently received the ACM Athena Lecturer Award. Started in 2006, the award by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) recognizes women researchers who have made significant contributions to computer science. Goldsmith received the award for her research in the design, analysis and fundamental performance limits of wireless systems and networks, paving the way for advancements in mobile computing technology. Goldsmith’s work has led to further developments in LTE cellular devices as well as Wi-Fi standards used in wireless local area networks.
Goldsmith holds 29 patents and is the author of the textbook Wireless Communications and co-author of MIMO Wireless Communications and Principles of Cognitive Radio. In addition to her research interests, Goldsmith serves on Stanford’s faculty senate as well as several other committees and commissions.
As the largest association of computing professionals, the ACM boasts a total membership of 100,000 and is an umbrella organization for significant studies in the field of computer science. Goldsmith joins previous recipient Jennifer Widom, dean of the School of Engineering, in this esteemed recognition. Goldsmith will receive financial support for her contributions and is invited to speak at a major ACM conference of her choice. She will be presented with the award at the ACM annual awards banquet this June in San Francisco.