Muriel Médard is a Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT. She was previously an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and a member of the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. From 1995 to 1998, she was a Staff Member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in the Optical Communications and the Advanced Networking Groups. Professor Médard received B.S. degrees in EECS and in Mathematics in 1989, a B.S. degree in Humanities in 1990, a M.S. degree in EE 1991, and a Sc D. degree in EE in 1995, all from MIT. She has served as an Associate Editor for the Optical Communications and Networking Series of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC), of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, and of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and the OSA Journal of Optical Networking. She has served as a Guest Editor for the IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, the Joint special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking on Networking and Information Theory and the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensic and Security. She serves as Editor in Chief of JSAC. She serves on the board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society, of which she was president in 2012. She has served as TPC co-chair of ISIT, WiOpt, CONEXT, and Netcod, and co-chair of ISIT and Netcod.
Professor Médard's research interests are in the areas of network coding and reliable communications, particularly for optical and wireless networks. She was awarded the 2009 Communication Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award for the paper: Tracey Ho , Muriel Medard, Rolf Koetter, David Karger, Michelle Effros Jun Shi, Ben Leong, "A Random Linear Network Coding Approach to Multicast", IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 52, no. 10, pp. 4413-4430, October 2006. She was awarded the 2009 William R. Bennett Prize in the Field of Communications Networking for the paper: Sachin Katti , Hariharan Rahul, Wenjun Hu, Dina Katabi, Muriel Medard, Jon Crowcroft, "XORs in the Air: Practical Wireless Network Coding", IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, Volume 16, Issue 3, June 2008, pp. 497 - 510. She was awarded the IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Prize Paper Award in 2002 for her paper, "The Effect Upon Channel Capacity in Wireless Communications of Perfect and Imperfect Knowledge of the Channel," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Volume 46 Issue 3, May 2000, Pages: 935-946. She was co- awarded the Best Paper Award for G. Weichenberg, V. Chan, M. Médard, "Reliable Architectures for Networks Under Stress", Fourth International Workshop on the Design of Reliable Communication Networks (DRCN 2003), October 2003, Banff, Alberta, Canada, the Best Paper Award at MONAMI 2013 for M. Kim, T. Klein. E. Soljanin, J. Barros, M. Médard, "Trade-off Between Cost and Goodput in Wireless: Replacing Transmitters with Coding", and a Best Paper Award at the Wireless Communications Symposium, ICC 2013, for G. Angelopoulos, A., Paidimarri, A.Chandrakasan., M. Médard,"Experimental Study of the Interplay of Channel and Network Coding in Low Power Sensor Applications". She received a NSF Career Award in 2001 and was co-winner of the 2004 Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award, established in 1982 to honor junior faculty members "for distinction in research, teaching and service to the MIT community." In 2007 she was named a Gilbreth Lecturer by the National Academy of Engineering. She received the 2013 Graduate Student Council EECS Mentor Award. She received the 2013 MIT Graduate Student Council EECS Mentor Award.