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Gao Selected as One of 10 International “Stars in Computer Networking and Communications” by N2 Women

Lixin Gao

Lixin Gao

Professor Lixin Gao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has been selected to this year’s list of the Networking Networking Women (N2 Women) “Stars in Computer Networking and Communications,” previously known as “10 women in networking /communications that you should KNOW.” As the N2 Women co-chairs wrote to Gao, “Many people from around the world submitted one or more outstanding nominations for this list, and it was difficult to choose only 10 amazing women. You are one of these incredible women!”

N2 Women is a discipline-specific community for researchers in the communications and networking research fields. The organization’s website explained that “The main goal of N2 Women is to foster connections among the under-represented women in computer networking and related research fields. N2 Women allows women to connect with other women who share the same research interests, who attend the same conferences, who face the same career hurdles, and who experience the same obstacles.”

Among other honors she has earned, Professor Gao is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award recipient, the winner of a Test of Time Award from ACM SIGMETRICS, the recipient of a UMass Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity, and the receiver of  the College of Engineering Outstanding Senior Faculty Award.

Gao is director of the Multimedia Networking and Internet Lab, which focuses on enhancing the reliability and security of the Internet, including research on wired and wireless networks as well as Internet backbone networks. Current research topics include manageability and reliability of future routing systems, programmable routers for network virtualization, and multimedia streaming in the Internet.

Gao earned her B.S.C.S. at the University of Science and Technology of China in Anhui, China, and her Ph.D. at UMass Amherst. 

Gao has served as the associate editor of the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking publication, a guest editor on a Computer Network Magazine special issue on interdomain routing, a program co-vice chair of the International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems 2008 Network Protocol track, a panelist for ACM Mobihoc 2008 on its "New Architectures and Disruptive Technologies for the Future Wireless Networks" panel, and the TPC area chair of INFOCOM 2009. (January 2018)