An influential research community called N2Women has selected Yasaman Ghasempour, a wireless technology expert, as one of this year’s Stars in Computer Networking and Communications.
An assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, Ghasempour studies communication and sensing technologies, including high-frequency wireless networks, wireless security and the Internet of Things. Only two years after earning her Ph.D. from Rice University, she has established herself as a leading thinker on wireless systems. Since 2020, she has won the SIGMOBILE Dissertation Award, the Marconi Society young scholar award, and an NSF CAREER Award. She has also helped lead the development of Princeton’s interdisciplinary efforts around next-generation wireless technologies, including founding the Wireless Distinguished Seminar Series and co-founding Princeton’s NextG Affiliates Program.
Her work has focused on breaking open new applications for a hard-to-use part of the electromagnetic spectrum, the terahertz and sub-terahertz bands, which sit between the microwave and infrared bands. Scientists believe harnessing these frequencies will enable myriad ultra-high-speed networks and high-precision sensing systems. Earlier this year, Ghasempour won a Project X Fund Innovation Research Grant from the School of Engineering and Applied Science, funding her work to improve security in underwater acoustic communications using terahertz signals.
Founded in 2006, N2Women has grown from fewer than 50 to more than 2,000 members. The group is supported by IEEE, Google, Microsoft, the National Science Foundation, SIGMOBILE and a range of other discipline-specific organizations. With that support, they have established fellowships, awards, a mentoring program and a workshop series aimed at raising the profile of diverse women working on communication and networking technologies. Each year they publish a list of 10 women who have risen to the top of the field.
In being named an N2Women Star, Ghasempour joins her Princeton ECE colleague Maria Apostolaki, who was recognized with the designation last year. Apostolaki, currently a visiting scholar, will join the faculty as an assistant professor in September.
Ghasempour joined Princeton in January 2021. In her first full academic year on the faculty, she won a SEAS teaching accommodation for her graduate-level class on advanced wireless systems. She has said she is committed to bringing advanced curricula to historically under-represented groups, with the goal of furthering innovation in 6G wireless network technologies.