Hagit Messer (Life Fellow, IEEE) received a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Tel Aviv University (TAU), Israel. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University, USA, and then joined the Faculty of Engineering, TAU, in 1986, where she is currently the Kranzberg Chair Professor of signal processing with the School of Electrical Engineering. During her career, she has held several positions, including the Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Science, Israel; the Head of the Porter School of Environmental Studies and then the Vice President for Research and Development at TAU; the President of the Open University; and the Vice Chair of the Council of Higher Education, Israel. She has also Co-Founded ClimaCell, USA, and was its Chief Scientist, until 2017. Since 2005, she has been leading a pioneering multidisciplinary research group on the use of wireless communication for opportunistic environmental monitoring.