WICSE Seminar: Wireless Communications and Women in Engineering

Join Ryerson University Professor, Dr. Lian Zhao, for a seminar covering wireless communications and the ways systems and technologies have rapidly evolved, changing the way we communicate.

The second half of the seminar will focus on challenges and opportunities facing women in engineering. Dr. Zhao will share her own personal experience navigating her career with the goal of stimulating meaningful discussion among attendees, so bring your questions, concerns and ideas!

This seminar is open to everyone. To attend please register by March 17:

Organized by Women in Computer Science and Engineering (WICSE)

Full event details can be found below –


Wireless Communications and Career Opportunities for Women in Engineering

March 21st, 12pm – 1pm | LAS 3033

Lunch bites will be provided.


Since Marconi’s Morse code was first transmitted using radio waves in 1895, wireless technology has been continuously evolving to change the way we live. In this talk, we will introduce the pathway of wireless communication systems, a few key technologies to enable ultra-fast, feature rich and highly secure future mobile applications. Some recent research results about edge computing and edge caching conducted by the speaker’s research group will be briefly discussed.

The second part of the talk will focus on Women in Engineering, the challenges and the opportunities. The speaker will share her own career path to stimulate discussions and opinions. The purpose is to reveal the mist, cultivate confidence, motivate our future women professionals to pursue their career in engineering.


Dr. Zhao received her Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ELCE) at the University of Waterloo in 2002. She joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, in 2003 and became a Professor in 2014. Her research interests focus on wireless communications, radio resource management, cognitive radio, cooperative communications and optimization for complicated systems.

Awards and accolades include:

  • Best Land Transportation Paper Award from IEEE Vehicular Technology Society in 2016
  • Top 15 Editor in 2015 for IEEE Transaction on Vehicular Technology
  • Best Paper Award from the 2013 International Conference on Wireless Communications and Signal Processing (WCSP)
  • Best Student Paper Award (with her student) from Chinacom in 2011
  • Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) New Opportunity Research Award in 2005
  • Early Tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2006.
















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