Yanxiao Zhao (2012)


B.S., Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology
M.S., Xi'an Jiaotong University
Ph.D., Old Dominion University


(605) 394-1223
ECE / EP 324 (campus map)
Research Expertise

My research interests and expertise include, but not limited to: security and communications on smart grid; control, management and services on SDN and IoTs; security, resource allocation and optimization, mobility management in cognitive radio networks, wireless multimedia sensor networks, and D2D communications; scheduling optimization for wireless RF energy harvesting systems; protocol design, performance evaluation and experimental implementation in above communication and networking systems as well. My current research is supported by National Science Foundation (NSF) grant and Air Force grants. I have published over 40 technical papers in international journals and conferences. Our papers received Best Paper Award in WASA 2009 and Chinacom 2016. In addition, I am serving as TPC members for several international conferences and an active technical reviewer for dozens of international journals and conferences.

Brief Bio

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, SDSMT. I received my Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Old Dominion University, USA, in 2012. Before pursing my PhD degree, I worked as a software engineer in an international telecommunication company. I received my M.S. degree in Xi'an Jiaotong University (China) and B.S. degree in Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology (China).


My teaching experiences are centered on digital system designs, communications and networking, at both undergraduate and graduate levels. At SDSMT, I have taught EE320 Electronics I, CENG342 Digital Systems, EE/CENG 421 Communication Systems, and ECE626 Wireless Communications and will teach CENG 444 Computer Networks. I have a great passion in education and am dedicated to excelling in teaching. I have been actively seeking effective and novel strategies to improve students’ learning experience, developing supplemental materials beyond textbooks and designing real-world related projects and labs.

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