Muriel Médard is named the NEC Professor of Software Science and Engineering in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Department at MIT.

Below is the announcement from the Dean of the School of Engineering recognizing this significant achievement.

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Muriel Médard has been appointed an NEC Professor of Software Science and Engineering, which became effective July 1, 2022. The professorship honors an outstanding faculty member in the field of software science and engineering.

Currently the lead of the Network Coding and Reliable Communications Group in the Research Laboratory for Electronics at MIT, Muriel earned three bachelors degrees (EECS 1989, Mathematics 1989 and Humanities 1991), as well as her M.S. (1991) and Sc.D (1995), all from MIT. After graduating, she joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998 as an assistant professor, before returning to MIT to join its faculty in 2000.


Muriel’s research interests span the areas of network coding and reliable communications, particularly for optical and wireless networks. Her work in network coding, hardware implementation, and her original algorithms have all received widespread recognition and awards.


Among her many student mentoring efforts, she launched the Women in the Information Theory Society (WithITS) and Information Theory Society Mentoring Program, for which she was recognized with the 2017 Aaron Wyner Distinguished Service Award. In 2013, Muriel received the inaugural MIT EECS Graduate Student Association Mentor Award.


In 2004, she was recognized as a Siemens Outstanding Mentor for her work with high school students, and since 2015 she has served on the Board of Trustees of the International School of Boston, for which she is treasurer. She was also elected by the faculty to serve as a member and later chair of the MIT Faculty Committee on Student Life, and as inaugural chair of the MIT Faculty Committee on Campus Planning.


Among many honors and achievements, Muriel was the recipient of the 2022 IEEE Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award, the 2019 Best Paper award for IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering, and the 2018 ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Paper Award. She is an elected fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Inventors, and National Academy of Engineering.


Professor Médard is an incredible colleague, a dedicated educator and mentor, and an extraordinary innovator. Please join me in congratulating her on this wonderful honor.

Anantha P. Chandrakasan
Dean, MIT School of Engineering
Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science