I am a Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and have been at Carnegie Mellon since 2001. I graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a Ph.D. thesis focused on fault-tolerant distributed computing.
I enjoy doing research in the areas of distributed computing, edge computing, mobile systems, and embedded systems. I really enjoy working on applications that lead to sports technologies. I am the Director of Carnegie Mellon’s AthleTech Lab, which is focused on using sensors, systems, machine-learning, and rigorous field testing to develop technologies to improve the training, performance, and recovery of athletes. I have previously led the Intel Science and Technology Center in Embedded Computing as well as the CyLab Mobility Research Center. I have also served as the Director of the Intel Research Lab in Pittsburgh. Along with my students, I have 100+ research publications in various areas of computer software and hardware systems.
In 2009, out of my love for sports technology, I founded YinzCam, a Pittsburgh-based company that works with professional sports teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS, LaLiga, English Premier League, and more, to provide unique digital experiences at global scale.
Carnegie Mellon is in my blood, and my heart is in the work. I am passionate about sports, technology, education and entrepreneurship. I enjoy helping students start companies and to navigate their own entrepreneurship journeys. I am the mother of an awesome 14-year old boy, who is the love of my life. I am a runner and I love the energy of the starting line and the finish line of any race.
I have been fortunate to receive awards for my research, teaching, and entrepreneurship. The credit for these awards is due to my students, my colleagues and my staff. They make our work and our impact possible.
Research awards. My research has earned me a 2017 Heinz History Makers Award, an Alfred Sloan Fellowship, the 2009 Carnegie Science Center’s Emerging Female Scientist Award, an NSF CAREER Award, a Best Paper Award, the 2001 UCSB Lancaster Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award and two IBM Faculty Partnership Awards.
Entrepreneurship awards. My entrepreneurship activities have earned me a 2012 International Bridge Award from Global Pittsburgh, and a 2011 ad:tech Innovation Award.
Teaching awards. My teaching activities have earned me the 2014 Lutron Excellence in Teaching Award, the 2008 Eta Kappa Nu Excellence in Teaching Award (elected by students in the Carnegie Mellon Sigma Chapter), and the 2009 Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award (college-wide award) from Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering.