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Elza   Erkip

Elza Erkip

Institute Professor

Electrical and Computer Engineering


Elza Erkip an Institute Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at New York University Tandon School of Engineering. She received the B.S. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA.  Her research interests are in information theory, communication theory, and wireless communications.

Dr. Erkip is a member of the Science Academy Society of Turkey and is among the 2014 and 2015 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers. She received the NSF CAREER award in 2001 and the IEEE Communications Society WICE Outstanding Achievement Award in 2016. Her paper awards include the IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Paper Prize in 2004, and the IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communication in 2013. She has been a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society since 2012 where she is currently the Society President.   She was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Information Theory Society from 2013 to 2014.

Dr. Erkip has had many editorial and conference organization responsibilities. Some recent ones include Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, MIMO Communications and Signal Processing Track Chair in 2017, IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference Technical Co-Chair in 2017, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications Guest Editor in 2015, and IEEE International Symposium of Information Theory General Co-Chair in 2013.

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Stanford University, 1996

Doctor of Philosophy, Electrical Engineering

Stanford University, 1993

Master of Science, Electrical Engineering

Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 1990

Bachelor of Science, Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Awards + Distinctions

  • IEEE Information Theopry Society, First Vice President.
  • IEEE  Communication Society WICE Outstanding Achievement Award, 2016.
  • Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher, 2014, 2015.
  • IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communication, 2013.
  • Science Academy of Turkey, 2013.
  • IEEE Fellow, 2011.
  • IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Paper Prize in the Field of Communication Theory, 2004.
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2001.

Research Interests

  • Wireless communications
  • Communication theory
  • Information theory