Narayanan holds a PhD and MS in Computer Science from the University of Rochester and completed her undergraduate training at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India. She has conducted extensive research in the areas of mobile computing and wireless networks, routing in all-optical networks, parallel and distributed computation, and randomized algorithms. She has over 60 journal and conference papers to her name, as well as two book chapters.
In 1993, Narayanan joined the Faculty as an Assistant Professor and advanced swiftly, both as a prolific leader and academic. She has received grant funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) continuously since 1994. She has supervised over 20 graduate students and is held in very high esteem by all those she teaches. As Associate Dean, she coordinated the accreditation of all seven engineering programs. She also gave many hours to numerous additional duties that have moved the Faculty forward.
Robin Drew, Dean of Engineering and Computer Sciences, said, "Lata has dedicated herself to the ongoing success of our Faculty with passion and poise, and we will be reaping the benefits for many years to come."
Please join us in expressing our sincere gratitude to Lata Narayanan for her admirable service and in welcoming Ali Akgunduz to the position of Associate Dean.