Dr. Sarkar joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in San Diego State University in 2006. Her M.S and Ph.D. degrees were completed at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 2003 and 2005 respectively under the guidance of Dr. Rene Cruz. She recieved her B.S. degree in Computer Science & Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) in May 2000 from San Diego State University. She has worked previously as a research scientist at SPAWAR Systems Center, Point Loma, San Diego,CA and at Sun Microsystems. Her complete resume can be found here.

Her research interest lies in the area of Wireless Data Networks. Dr. Sarkar is the Director of the Wireless Networks & Communication Lab (WINC) . She has been instrumental in setting up the NSF funded Wireless Multimedia Communication and Networks Laboratory (WMNC) in her department. Dr Sarkar is Education director of Center for Neurotechnology at the Engineering Research Center (ERC) Department She is also the Graduate Advisor for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at SDSU.
Dr.Sarkar is a recipient of the "President's Leadership Award for Faculty Excellence" for the year 2010 and "Outstanding Faculty Award" for the year 2014.

Within the domain of wireless networks her work addresses issues like scheduling, routing and optimal resource allocation schemes. She also investigates MAC layer power management algorithms and Quality-of-Service issues and protocols in WLANs, WMANs, WBANs, sensor networks, and wireless ad-hoc networks.

Dr.Sarkar's current research foci

  • Wireless Health.
  • Cloud Computing.
  • Re-defining socialization-the digital way.
  • Optimizing energy-delay trade-offs in wireless networks.
  • Hierarchical Heterogeneous Networks - peaceful coexistance of Micro, Fento and Macro cells.
  • MAC layer channel scheduling schemes for dynamic specturm allocation (Multi-channel issues).

Inventions / Patents

  • U.S. Patent No. 9973269, "Electronic Devices, Systems and Methods for Passive Automated Local Wireless Exchange of Personal and/or Business Information"
    Inventors: Mahasweta Sarkar, Christopher Paolini, Santosh Nagaraj
    Granted on 5/15/2018
  • "Electronic Devices, Systems, and Methods for Real-Time, Location-based Customer-Tailored Remote Advertising" WO2013096428 A1.
    Invention disclosure filed on 6/27/2013
    Inventors: Christopher Paolini, Mahasweta Sarkar and Santosh Nagaraj

Interviews / Media Coverage of Dr. Sarkar's Work

  • Interviewed by EEWEB : "Spotlight on Mahasweta Sarkar", March 2012
  • Interviewed by Union Tribune: "Female Scientists Blazing New Trails" - San Diego based local newspaper that has been in circulation for over 150 years with the largest print number in San Diego featured Dr. Sarkar amongst seven women scientists in the San Diego county, July 2012
  • Article published by the San Diego State University News Center: "The Right Connections" - An article about Dr. Sarkar's software App Proximity Careers, October 2013
  • Article published by the San Diego State University News Center: "Generating Changes" - An article about Dr. Sarkar's research work in the series of "Exploring Women in Engineering", October 2013