Derya Malak

Assistant Professor, Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering

Derya Malak is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from September 2017 to August 2019, working with Prof. Muriel Médard. During that period, she has held a visiting scholar position at Northeastern University, hosted by Prof. Edmund Yeh. She received a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin under the supervision of Professor Jeffrey G. Andrews, in August 2017, where she was affiliated with the Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG). She received an M.S. degree at Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey, in February 2013, and a B.S. degree at Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey, in June 2010, both in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. She has a minor in Physics from METU.

Dr. Malak has held a visiting position in INRIA and LINCS, Paris, France where she was honored to be hosted by Professor François Baccelli, and she had held summer internships at Huawei Technologies, Plano, TX, and Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ. She was awarded the Graduate School fellowship by the University of Texas at Austin between 2013-2017. She was selected to participate in the Rising Stars Workshop for women in EECS, MIT, in October 2018, and the 7th Heidelberg Laureate Forum, in September 2019, in Heidelberg, Germany.


PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, TX, 2017

MS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2013

BS, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 2010

Minor, Physics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 2010

Research Focus
  • Communications
  • Information Theory
  • Networks
  • Stochastic Processes