Weihua Zhuang received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Dalian Maritime University, China, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of New Brunswick, Canada, all in electrical engineering. In October 1993, she joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada, as an assistant professor. She was promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure in July 1997, and then to full professor in July 2002. Since May 2010, she has been a Tier I Canada Research Chair in wireless communication networks. Her current research focuses on resource allocation and QoS provisioning in wireless networks, and on smart grid. She is the recipient of the 2017 Technical Recognition Award from the Ad Hoc & Sensor Networks Technical Committee of IEEE Communications Society, one of the Ten N2Women (Stars in Computer Networking and Communications) in 2017, the Premier's Research Excellence Award from the Ontario Government in 2001, and several best paper awards from Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) conferences. In 2021 Professor Zhuang was recognized by the University of Waterloo for her exceptional scholarly achievement and international pre-eminence through the designation “University Professor."

Professor Zhuang is a Fellow of the IEEE, Royal Society of Canada (RSC), Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), and Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC). She is the Vice President - Publications and an elected member of the Board of Governors (BoG) of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. She was the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (2007-2013), an editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2005-2009), the Technical Program Committee (TPC) Chair/Co-Chair of IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference Fall 2017 and Fall 2016, TPC Symposia Chair of the IEEE Globecom 2011, and an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer (2008-2011).