Dr. Maïté Brandt-Pearce is a professor in the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Rice University in 1993. Dr. Brandt-Pearce is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award and an NSF RIA. She is a co-recipient of Best Paper Awards at ICC 2006 and Globecom 2012. She serves on the editorial board of IEEE Communications Letters, IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networks, and Springer Photonic Network Communications. She was co-editor of a book entitled Cross-Layer Design in Optical Networks, Springer Optical Networks Series, 2013. She was the General Chair of the Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems & Computers in 2009 and the Chair of the Optical Wireless Workshop at Globecom 2013.