Rachel Carson College Faculty Fellows

Sikina Jinnah

Sikina Jinnah is Rachel Carson College's new faculty chair!

The Chair of the Faculty is an Academic Senate member, other than the Provost, who is elected by the college Faculty to serve a two year term, and will serve as a member of the Executive Committee.

Dr. Jinnah is an Associate Professor in the Politics Department, an affiliated faculty member in the Environmental Studies Department, and a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Her research focuses on the shifting locations of power and influence in global environmental governance, and in particular the role of transnational actors in environmental decision-making. Her most recent projects examine how key norms in global climate politics shape power relations, the role of U.S. preferential trade agreements in shaping environmental policy in trading partner nations, and the politics of climate engineering governance. 

J J Garcia-Luna-Aceves

Research Interests

  • Computer communication
  • Internet
  • Wireless networks
  • Internet of Things
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Distributed algorithms

Biography, Education and Training

J.J. Garcia-Luna-Aceves received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico in 1977; and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI in 1980 and 1983, respectively. He is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and is a Principal Scientist at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Prior to joining UCSC in 1993 he was a Center Director at SRI International (SRI) in Menlo Park, California. He has been a Visiting Professor at Sun Laboratories in Menlo Park, California, and a Principal of Protocol Design at Nokia in Mountain View, California. 

Dr. Garcia-Luna-Aceves was elected a Corresponding Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences in 2013; and is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

He received the 2016 IEEE MILCOM Technical Achievement Award for sustained contributions to military communications. He received the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award in 2011 "for pioneering contributions to the theory and design of communication protocols for ad-hoc wireless networks." He received the IEEE Communications Society Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks Technical Committee (AHSN TC) Technical Recognition Award in 2012 “for fundamental contributions to the theory and design of communication protocols for routing and channel access in ad-hoc wireless networks.” 

He is the co-recipient of the IEEE Fred W. Ellersick 2008 MILCOM Award for best unclassified paper. He is also co-recipient of Best Paper Awards at IEEE IPCCC 2018, the European Wireless Conference 2010, IEEE MASS 2008, SPECTS 2007, IFIP Networking 2007, and IEEE MASS 2005 conferences, and of the Best Student Paper Award of the 1998 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. He received the SRI International Exceptional-Achievement Award in 1985 and 1989, and is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America and Who's Who in The World. 

Dr. Garcia-Luna-Aceves holds more than 60 U.S. patents and has published more than 500 papers in journals, conferences, and books. He has directed more than 40 Ph.D. theses and more than 30 M.S. theses since he joined UCSC in 1993. He has served as the Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia and as General Chair of numerous conferences, including IEEE ICNC 2016, ACM MSWIM 2015, ACM MobiCom 2008, IEEE SECON 2005, ACM Multimedia '93, and ACM SIGCOMM '88. He has also served as Program Chair of ACM MobiHoc 2002, ACM MobiCom 2000, IEEE MULTIMEDIA '92, ACM SIGCOMM '87, and ACM SIGCOMM '86.

He directs the Computer Communication Research Group (CCRG) and serves as the campus director of CITRIS and the Banatao Institute.

Teaching Interests

Computer communication, applied discrete mathematics, performance analysis