Lalitha Sankar is an Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at Arizona State University. She joined in Fall 2012. Prior to that she was a Research Scholar in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University working with H. Vincent Poor. She was also a Science and Technology Teaching and Research Fellow supported by the Council on Science and Technology at Princeton University.
She graduated with a Ph.D from Rutgers University, where she worked with Narayan Mandayam while collaborating with Gerhard Kramer (then at Bell Labs). Prior to that, Sankar was a Senior Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Shannon Labs, Florham Park, NJ, where she worked on design, development and prototyping of next-generation wired and wireless systems such as multi-band software radios and DSL modems. This was preceded by a year developing signal processing algorithms for the first digital camera prototype developed at Polaroid Corporation Engineering R&D in Cambridge, MA. Lalitha has a master’s degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics is from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India.
Lalitha Sankar received the best paper award from the IEEE Globecom 2011 for her paper on side-information privacy with R. Tandon and H. V. Poor. For her doctoral work, she received the 2007-2008 Electrical Engineering Academic Achievement Award from Rutgers University. She received the NSF CAREER award in 2014.