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Tommaso Melodia

Pioneering wireless IoT

William Lincoln Smith Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering

Tommaso Melodia is the founding director of Northeastern’s Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things, home to interdisciplinary faculty and facilities dedicated to making wireless communications exponentially faster, more energy efficient, and more secure. He is also director of Research for the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Project Office, a $100 million public-private partnership to establish four city-scale platforms for wireless research to advance the U.S. wireless ecosystem. The office, co-led by Northeastern and U.S. Ignite, is overseeing the PAWR Program’s deployment and operation. 

Melodia’s research on the modeling, optimization, and experimental evaluation of IoT and wireless networked systems has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Office of Naval Research, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Army Research Laboratory. A recipient of the National Science Foundation Early CAREER award, Melodia received his PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.