Professor Mohapatra's research interests are in the areas of wireless networks, sensor networks, Internet protocols and QoS. He has published numerous papers on these topics in various competitive conferences and reputed journals. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Intel Corporation, Panasonic Technologies, Siemens, Hewlett Packard, Rockwell International, and EMC Corporation. He has also held various positions at Iowa State University, Michigan State University, Intel Corporation, Panasonic Technologies, Institute of Infocomm Research, Singapore, and the National ICT, Australia.
Professor Mohapatra was/is on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Computers, ACM/Springer Wireless Networks (WINET), and Ad hoc Networks Journal. He has served on numerous technical program committees for international conferences, and served on several panels. He was the Program Vice-Chair of INFOCOM 2004 and MASS 2004, and the Program Co-Chair of the First IEEE International Conference on Sensor and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks (SECON-2004).