Mary Ann Weitnauer has been named the recipient of the Vivian A. Carr Award, which will be presented by the Radio Club of America (RCA) at its 108th Banquet and Awards Presentation on November 17 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Vivian A. Carr Award recognizes outstanding achievements by a woman in the wireless industry, and the award’s namesake was a senior executive at Bell Labs and the first female member of the RCA, which is the world’s oldest wireless organization.  

A member of the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) faculty since 1989 and ECE’s Senior Associate Chair, Weitnauer leads the Smart Antenna Research Laboratory (SARL), which performs both experimental and theoretical studies. Her research since the mid 1990s has been focused on the lower three layers of MIMO wireless networks that have virtual or distributed antenna arrays, with emphasis on wireless LAN, ad hoc, mesh, and sensor networks.

Recent SARL activities include synchronization for distributed or virtual arrays, nonlinear precoding and interference alignment for wireless LANS with distributed MIMO access points, modeling the residual from interference cancellation, distributed array-based network time synchronization, and millimeter wave communications.