Signal Intelligence

Dina Katabi, who won the 2015 Jerome Saltzer Teaching Award, runs a research group that focuses on making both wired and wireless networks faster and more reliable. In 1989, Dina Katabi, SM ’98, PhD ’03, like all Syrian high school seniors, took a standardized test that would determine which courses of study she was eligible for at university. She finished sixth in the nation. That meant she was bound for medical training—the most prestigious undergraduate placement, available only to the students with the highest scores on the exam. Moreover, she says, “I come from a family that is all medical doctors. My father is a doctor, most of my aunts and uncles are doctors, my grandfather is a doctor—there are so many medical doctors on both sides. So it was…


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