Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New York Institute of Technology. She was awarded the Hashimoto Prize for the best Ph.D. dissertation in Electrical Engineering, NJIT. She is the recipient of 2006 and 2007 Hashimoto Fellowship for outstanding scholarship and recipient of the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame Graduate Student Award for her inventions in network switches. She is the recipient of the Presidential Engagement Award in Student Engagement in Research and Scholarship at New York Tech.

Her research interests include architecture design and analysis of high-performance packet switches, data center networks, network security and forensics, wireless sensor networks, and assistive medical devices. She held consultant positions at industry such as AT&T and BOC Gases. She holds 4 patents and 3 invention disclosures. She has 12 refereed journal publications, 27 refereed conference publications, 2 book chapters, and numerous poster presentations with her students. She engages students on both undergraduate and graduate levels in her research projects and published with them.

Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Motorola, National Collegiate Alliance for Inventors and Innovators, Xilinx, and New York Tech. She is the principal investigator for the New York Tech Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site funded by NSF to engage undergraduates in mobile device and network security research. She also serves as faculty mentor for the Society of Women Engineers, New York Tech student chapter. She is a senior member of the IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Women in Engineering, and a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), ACM, and the Environmental Sensing, Networking and Decision-Making (ESND) technical committee. She has served in technical program committee of IEEE HPSR, IEEE Sarnoff, IEEE GreenCom and ChinaCom, and as a reviewer for IEEE journals, conferences and NSF panels.

Recent Projects/Research

  • High performance network architecture and sustainable data center networks
  • Network security and forensic
  • Geolocation of network devices
  • Assistive medical devices: a cross disciplinary collaborative project investigating innovative devices using sensors and wireless networks to assist rehabilitation for patients with Parkinson’s disease


  • Ziqian Dong, Randolph Espejo, Yu Wan, and Wenjie Zhuang, “Detecting and Locating Man-in-the-Middle Attacks in Fixed Wireless Networks,” accepted in CIT. Journal of Computing and Information Technology, August 2015.
  • Jingcheng Zhao and Ziqian Dong, “Efficient Sampling Schemes for 3-D ISAR Imaging of Rotating Objects in Compact Antenna Test Range,” accepted in IEEE Antenna and Wireless Propagations Letters, August 2015.
  • Ziqian Dong, Ning Liu, and Roberto Rojas-Cessa, “Greedy Scheduling of Tasks with Time Constraints for Energy-Efficient Cloud-Computing Data Centers,” Journal of Cloud Computing: Advances, Systems, and Applications, Vol. 4, Issue 1, March 18, 2015.
  • Ziqian Dong, Zheng Wang#, Wen Xie#, Obinna Emelumadu#, Chuanbi Lin, and Roberto Rojas-Cessa, “An Experimental Study of Small World Network Model for Wireless Networks,” the 36th IEEE Sarnoff Symposium, 6 pages, Sept. 20-22, 2015, Newark, NJ.
  • Ziqian Dong, Pai Zhu*, Michael Bobker, Marco Ascazubi, “Simplified Characterization of Building Thermal Response Rates,” the 6th International Conference on Building Physics for a Sustainable Built Environment, June 14- 17, 2015, Torino, Italy.

Honors and Awards

  • Presidential Engagement Award in Student Engagement in Research and Scholarship, New York Tech 2015
  • Fourteenth Annual Faculty Scholar Award, New York Institute of Technology, 2015
  • IEEE Senior member, 2014
  • 31 Women of March, New York Tech 2013
  • Motorola Golden-idea Competition 3rd Prize Winner, Nov. 2011

Courses Taught at New York Tech

  • EENG 105: Career Discovery – Special session: Spatial visualization
  • EENG 341/514: Signals and Systems
  • EENG 489: Senior Design Project I
  • EENG 491: Senior Design Project II
  • EENG 755: Computer Networks
  • EENG 860: Special Topics
  • CSCI 690: Computer Networks

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