Pramod Viswanath received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from University of California at Berkeley in 2000. From 2000 to 2001, he was a member of research staff at Flarion technologies, NJ. Since 2001, he is on the faculty at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in Electrical and Computer Engineering, where he currently is a professor.

He received the Eliahu Jury Award from the EECS department of UC Berkeley in 2000, the Bernard Friedman Prize from the mathematics department of UC Berkeley in 2000, a NSF CAREER award in 2002, the Xerox faculty research award from the college of engineering of UIUC in 2010 and the Best Paper Award at the Sigmetrics conference in 2015. He is a coauthor, with David Tse, of the text Fundamentals of Wireless Communication, which has been used in over 60 institutions around the world. He is coinventor of the opportunistic beamforming method and codesigner of Flash-OFDM communication algorithms used in all fourth-generation cellular systems.

He was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory from 2006 to 2008, the Technical Program co-chair of the Information Theory Workshops in 2010 and 2015 and the Technical Program co-chair of the Allerton conference in 2007 and 2008.

His current research interests are in first principles design of blockchains. He is co-founder and CEO of Applied Protocol Research, a startup company developing full stack blockchain solutions.