Mariam Kaynia received her PhD degree in Wireless Communications in 2010 from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. She received her Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from both NTNU and University of Minnesota in June 2007. In 2009-2010, she was a visiting researcher at Stanford University and Eurecom Institute. She has also held shorter visiting appointments at the University of Bologna and Politecnico di Torino. Her research interests are related to resource allocation in wireless ad hoc and sensor networks through MAC and PHY layer design. In particular, she has worked extensively on evaluating the performance of MAC protocols in ad hoc networks and MIMO interference channels. Mariam is a Fulbright Scholar. She was awarded the "Best IT Student of the Year" title in 2007, and she received the "Best Paper Award" at the WCSP conference in 2009. She has served in the steering committee of IEEE Norway as Treasurer and as the chair of IEEE Norway Student Branch.