Yan Zhang

Short Bio


I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Arizona, working under the supervision of Prof. Loukas Lazos. My current research interests locate in the areas of wireless networking, security and privacy in wireless networks with an emphasis on MAC-layer systems design, implementation, and performance evaluation. My research work involves a blend of numerous fields including wireless networking, algorithmic design, wireless security, applied cryptography, secure network design, and network evaluation. I received my M.S. in Electrical Engineering and B.S. in Computer Science from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China, in 2009 and 2006 respectively.

Research Areas


  • Wireless networks (Ad hoc, Cognitive radio, Sensor, Vehicular, Mesh, WiFi, WiMAX networks)
  • Security and privacy in wireless networks
  • Cross-layer design between PHY-layer and MAC-layer
  • PHY-layer attacks