Stephen B. Wicker

Playing_With_A_FriendFrank H. T. Rhodes Hall, Room 386
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

Email wicker [at] ece [dot] cornell [dot] edu
Phone 607-255-8817

Professor Wicker teaches and conducts research in wireless information networks, secure networks, packet-switched computer networks, and digital telephony. His research has focused on the development and application of advanced technologies to adaptive networks. Current interests include privacy-aware design practices for wireless networks and self-configuring sensor networks for disaster recovery, infrastructure monitoring, and national security. Other interests include secure anonymous networking, the behavior of complex systems, phase transitions in NP-hard problems, and the evolution of the nation’s telecommunications networks.

Professor Wicker is the Cornell Principal Investigator for the TRUST Science and Technology Center – a National Science Foundation center dedicated to the development of technologies for securing the nation’s critical infrastructure. In 2010 Professor Wicker briefed the staff of the Congressional Committee on Science and Technology and was appointed to the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. In 2011 he was made a Fellow of the IEEE for “contributions to wireless information systems.” In 2014 he briefed the staff of the National Economic Council at the White House on the subject of privacy aware designs for cellular and the smart grid.


  • Ph.D. — Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, 1987
    Thesis: “The Geometry of Error Correcting Codes,” May 1987
  • M.S.E.E. — Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, 1983
  • B.S.E.E. — Electrical Engineering, University of Virginia, 1982
    Thesis: “A Microprocessor Based Diagnostic System,” May 1982

Honors and Awards

  • Cornell University College of Engineering Teaching Award, 2012
  • Fellow of the IEEE, 2011
  • U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, 2010
  • Cornell University College of Engineering Teaching Award, 2009
  • Cornell School of ECE Teaching Award, 2000
  • Cornell University College of Engineering Teaching Award, 1998
  • SAIC Best Paper Award, 1994, for “An Artificial Neural Net Viterbi Decoder” (with Xiao-an Wang)
  • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Elected January, 1993
  • Visiting Fellow, British Columbia Advanced Systems Institute. Awarded January 1992.
  • Sigma Xi, 1991 – present
  • Tau Beta Pi, 1980 – present
  • Eta Kappa Nu, 1980 – present
  • Omicron Delta Kappa, 1980 – present

Professional Career

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, School of Electrical Engineering
Associate Director for Research, 2000 – 2003; Professor, 1999 – present; Associate Professor, 1996-1999

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Professor, 1992-1996; Assistant Professor, 1987-1992

Hughes Aircraft, El Segundo, California, Information Sciences Department, System Laboratories, Space and Communications
Staff Engineer, 1983-1987

Bell Laboratories
Network Architecture Research Group, 1982