Alumna to Lead National Science Foundation Program
Posted: October 10, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has appointed Mason alumna Sirin Tekinay, PhD Information Technology ‘94, program director for the Theoretical Foundations Cluster in its Division of Computing and Communication Foundations.
In this role, Tekinay, a wireless telecommunications expert and associate professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), will oversee the funding of theoretical research in computing and communications and seek scientific researchers with fresh ideas to unify theorists and practitioners and to encourage and fund joint, interdisciplinary research projects.
Tekinay’s research interests include wireless systems, such as cellular systems, local area networks, radio networks, intelligent displays and sensors and computer communications. She also researches mobility-enhanced services to deliver information in the wireless environment that is user-specific, time-specific and location-specific in various media such as text, audio and video. By making use of mobility and location information of users, her research improves network functions such as routing and broadcasting. She has adopted mathematical approaches from microeconomics, especially game theory, which has traditionally been used to predict the stock market, and is applying these models to estimating mobility, information needs, bandwidth and the power needs of wireless users.
Her paper, “Power Efficiency of User Cooperation in Multi-hop Wireless Networks,” will be published this winter in IEEE Communications Letters. She holds seven patents involving wireless geo-location systems. Her most recent patent, awarded in July 2002, was for detecting the geographical location of wireless units.
Tekinay is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). She is on the editorial boards of the IEEE Communications Magazine and the IEEE Communications Surveys. Before earning her doctorate at Mason, Tekinay received her BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. After she received her doctorate, she spent several years working in the wireless technology systems field under NORTEL, Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies. In 1997, she joined the faculty at NJIT, where she teaches in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and won an “Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award” in 2003.