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Urbashi Mitra

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Gordon S. Marshall Chair in Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering-Systems and Computer Science


  • Doctoral Degree, Electrical Engineering, Princeton University
  • Master's Degree, Electrical Engineering, University of California - Berkeley
  • Bachelor's Degree, Electrical Engineering, University of California - Berkeley


Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, 1994, Princeton University, Priceton, NJ.
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 an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. She became an Associate Professor in 2000 and currently holds that position in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

At the University of Southern California, Dr. Mitra is a member of the Communication Sciences Institute and the Integrated Media Systems Center. Along with Steve McLaughlin of Georgia Tech, she co-chaired the IEEE Communication Theory Mini-Conference at ICC 2003 in Anchorage, Alaska.

Research Summary

Multi-user detection theory, underwater acoustic communications, wireless body area sensing networks, space-time coding, adaptive algorithms, equalization, wireless resource allocation, ultra wideband communications, sensor networks


  • 1996 National Science Foundation CAREER Grant
  • 1997 Ohio State University Engineers' Student Council Charles E. MacQuigg Student Award for Outstanding Teaching
  • 2000 Ohio State College of Engineering Lumley Research Award
  • 2001 Okawa Foundation Okawa Award
  • 2003 NAE National Academy of Engineering Frontiers in Engineering Symposium Participant
  • 2007 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow of Professional Society
  • 2008 USC/Mellon Foundation USC Mellon Mentoring Award (Faculty-to-Faculty)
  • 2009 IEEE DCOSS Conference Best Applications Paper Award
  • 2009 Viterbi School of Engineering Dean's Faculty Service Award
  • 2009 USC USC Remarkable Woman Award
  • 2011 NAE U.S. National Academy of Engineering and Chinese Academy of Engineering 2011 China-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Speaker
  • 2012 International Conference on Signal Processing and Communications, Bangalore India, Student Best Paper Award (advisor)
  • 2012 IEEE Globecom 2012 Conference Globecom 2012 Best Paper Award
  • 2012 National Academy of Engineering Lillian Gilbreth Lectureship
  • 2015 USC Center for Applied Mathematics Student Prize Student Prize (advisor, USC-wide competition)
  • 2015 IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer
  • 2015 INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine Inspiring Women in STEM Award
  • 2015 Viterbi School of Engineering Dean's Professor of Electrical Engineering
  • 2015 IEEE Communications Society inaugural Editor in Chief
  • Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering - Systems
  • Computer Science

  • EEB 540536
  • Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center
  • 3740 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 2565

Contact Information
  • (213) 740-4667
  • ubli@usc.edu


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