JSU master’s graduate publishes book with computer science professor

Posted by Jean Gordon Cook

(JACKSON, Miss.) – Jackson State University computer science master’s graduate Sugam Sharma and JSU professor Dr. Natarajan Meghanathan recently published the book, “Sink Mobility Models for Sensor Energy Conservation: Exploiting Sink Mobility for Energy Conservation of Sensors in Homogeneous Wireless Sensor Network” (LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishers, 2011). The book, which is an extension of Sharma’s master’s thesis, is a comprehensive text illustrating the effectiveness of using mobile sinks to obtain potential energy savings for the sensor nodes in wireless sensor networks.

During Sharma’s stay at Jackson State, he worked under the supervision of Dr. A. Yerramilli in the Trent Lott Center for Geospatial Research, where he enriched himself with various technologies – GIS, GPS, data collection and modeling. Sharma did his masters thesis in computer science under the mentorship of Meghanathan during 2006-2008. At JSU, Sharma also worked closely with Dr. Hari Cohly and Dr. R. Isokpehi in the Center for Computational Biology and Dr. Tzusheng Pei in the Department of Computer Science with research outcomes that were published.
He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in computer science at Iowa State University and is associated with the school’s Smart Home Laboratory. His research interests are spatial databases, GIS and wireless sensor networks.
Sharma’s other research work has been published in peer-reviewed conferences and journals. He is editor-in-chief for IJCIB and has worked as a software developer for NAVTEQ, John Deere and the U.S. Department of Energy.

In addition to working with graduate students for research, Meghanathan is actively involved in promoting undergraduate research and education at JSU. He is currently the principal investigator of the NSF-sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates program in wireless ad hoc networks and sensor networks as well as the Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM program to incorporate aspects of systems security and software security in senior capstone projects. Through these programs, Meghanathan mentors several undergraduate students engaging them in quality research and scholarly activities.

Meghanathan is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science in the JSU College of Science, Engineering and Technology. His main areas of research are wireless ad hoc networks and sensor networks, systems and software security, graph theory and computational biology. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles in leading international journals and conference proceedings. About 35 of these publications involve undergraduate and graduate students as co-authors. He also serves on the editorial boards of international journals as well as in the organizing and technical program committees of several international conferences. For more information, visit http://www.jsums.edu/cms/nmeghanathan


3 thoughts on “JSU master’s graduate publishes book with computer science professor

  1. Congrats Sugam and Dr. Meghanathan! Dr. Meghanathan first exposed me to research as a sophomore back in Fall 2005 and I am currently working with USACE doing research as well! He was such a great mentor! Congrats again!

  2. As a former undergraduate research student and co-author of Dr. Meghanathan, I will say this will be the first of many reports about his former mentees. Dr. Meghanathan makes sure his mentees are involved in robust research which involves design, modeling, and implementation of ground breaking algorithms within sensor networks and software security. Congratulations to the Ph.D. candidate, Sharma and Dr. Natarajan Meghanathan.

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