Elza Erkip

2010 Regional Award Finalist — Faculty

Elza Erkip

Current Position:
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Areas of Research Interest and Expertise:  Wireless communications, Communication theory, Information theory


PhD, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
MSc, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University

Elza Erkip's current research focuses on the next generation wireless systems. Fifth generation cellular systems (5G) are expected to meet the growing demand for wireless data by employing a number of innovative technologies including small cells, millimeter wave communications and massive antenna arrays. Dr. Erkip's research on 5G emphasizes energy efficiency. She is particularly interested in the power-aware communication strategies and transceiver designs for millimeter wave systems employing large antenna arrays, leading to longer battery life and smaller carbon footprint.

“My long-term research goal is to develop high speed, low latency wireless communication systems.”

Key Publications:

  1. S. Rangan, T.S. Rapapport, and E. Erkip. Millimeter wave cellular wireless networks: Potentials and challenges. Proceedings of the IEEE. March 2014
  2. A. Sendonaris, E. Erkip and B. Aazhang. User cooperation diversity-Part I: System description. IEEE Transactions on Communications. November 2003
  3. A. Sendonaris, E. Erkip and B. Aazhang. User cooperation diversity-Part II: Implementation aspects and performance analysis. IEEE Transactions on Communications. November 2003

Other Honors:

2014   Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher
2013   IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communication
2012   Science Academy Society of Turkey
2011   IEEE Fellow
2007  Best Paper Award, IEEE ICC Communication Theory Symposium
2007  Student Paper Award, co-author, IEEE Symposium on Information Theory
2004  Stephen O. Rice Paper Prize in the Field of Communication Theory
2001   National Science Foundation CAREER Award

In the Media:

NYU School of Engineering's Elza Erkip Elected Officer of IEEE Information Theory Society. PRNewswire. Aug. 19, 2015
5Qs on 5G: With NYU Wireless. Inside5G. April 15, 2015
This NYU prof is trying to forecast 2035’s ‘Meerkat’ Technical.ly. March 20, 2015
IEEE honors NYU-Poly professor for research to speed mobile data transfer. Phys.org. June 21st, 2013
Elza Erkip. NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. Aug 25, 2009