Elizabeth Belding

Elizabeth Belding

Professor, Computer Science
Associate Dean, Faculty Equity Advisor


Computer Science


5107 Harold Frank Hall

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Fellow of: 

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; Association for Computer Machinery; American Association for the Advancement of Science


Best Paper Award, ACM Internet Measurement Conference; UCSB Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, UCSB; MIT Technology Review TR100; NSF Early Career Award; NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award



Elizabeth M. Belding is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prof. Belding's research focuses on mobile and wireless networking, including network performance analysis, and information and communication technologies for development (ICTD). She is a co-developer of the AODV routing protocol for mobile networks, on which 802.11s and Zigbee technologies are based in part. The original AODV paper published in WMCSA'99 received the 2018 ACM SIGMOBILE Test of Time Award. Prof. Belding applies her wireless network expertise to a wide range of contexts, and is particularly interested in improving Internet and cellular accessibility in developing and resource-challenged communities worldwide. Her ICTD projects have included work in Zambia, South Africa, Mongolia, and refugee camps. Most recently, she has been working with Native American communities around the US. She is the founder and director of the Mobility Management and Networking (MOMENT) Laboratory. Prof. Belding is the author of over 150 technical papers on wireless networking and has served on over 80 conference technical program committees. She was Vice Chair of the UCSB Computer Science department 2009-15 and 2017-19. She is currently an Associate Dean and Faculty Equity Advisor in the UCSB College of Engineering. She is an ACM Fellow and an IEEE Fellow. She is particularly proud of receiving the UCSB Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award in 2012 and the NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award in 2015 for her mentorship of graduate students.


Center for Information Technology and Society; Institute for Energy Efficiency


PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara
MS Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara