Alumna Profile: Ellen Zegura of Georgia Tech
Ellen W. Zegura (BSCS, BSEE 1987, MSCS 1990 and DSc CS 1993). Since 1993 she has been on the faculty of the College of Computing at Georgia Tech, and for seven years she chaired the School of Computer Science. She has conducted research and taught in computer networking for over 20 years. Dr. Zegura’s research interests include the Internet, with a focus on its topological structure and services, and mobile wireless computing and networking. She has worked on projects funded by the National Science Foundation and DARPA. In network topology, she is the co-creator of the GT-ITM suite of Internet topology modeling tools, which remains in use 15 years after its original release. In mobile wireless networking, she and colleagues invented the concept of message ferries to facilitate communications in environments where network connectivity is unreliable and/or sparse, a project entitled “DOME: Diverse Outdoor Mobile Environment.”
Almost five years ago, Professor Zegura was involved in co-teaching a class called Compute for Good. She helped create the Computing for Good initiative in the College of Computing, a project-based teaching and research activity that focuses on the use of computing to solve pressing societal problems. This class for senior undergraduate students and graduate students mixes the technical design process with some kind of social activism. In the past, students have worked on projects ranging from developing a database for the United Way’s Shelter-to-Home program to developing a suite of tools to improve mental healthcare in Liberia. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and an elected member of the Computing Research Association Board. She served on the NSF CISE Advisory Committee from 2005-2009.
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