Joseph B. Evans is rejoining the faculty of the University of Kansas School of Engineering as Deane E. Ackers Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Evans also will be the Director of Research Information Technology at KU.
"It's great to welcome someone of Joe's caliber back to the university, and we have the honor of affording him distinguished professor status," said Stuart R. Bell, dean of the KU School of Engineering. "His expertise will not only add to the student experience, but also will assist the university as it moves forward with its research endeavors."
Evans comes to the university after serving a two-year appointment with the National Science Foundation as the program director of networking in the Computer and Network Systems Division of the Directorate of Computing & Information Science & Engineering. As such, Evans was responsible for the restructuring of NSF networking efforts and the formulation of $40 million in research on Networking Technology and Systems. He also held oversight responsibility for more than $70 million in multi-organizational networking research efforts in wireless networking, cybersecurity, optical networking, and scientific applications.
Prior to his appointment with NSF, Evans served the state of Kansas as a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at KU. He joined the University in 1989. His research efforts include a wide range of topics, such as wireless networks, ubiquitous computing and networking systems, high-speed communications networks and more. In the mid 1990s, Evans was a visiting scholar at Cambridge University in England. From 1996 to 2004, Evans served as director of the Networking and Distributed Systems Laboratory at KU's Information and Telecommunication Technology Center. Evans has played an important role in more than $11 million in research funding at KU and has mentored nearly 70 graduate students in their quest for an advanced engineering degree.
Evans earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1983 from Lafayette Colllege in Easton, Pa. He earned a master's in engineering in 1984, a master of arts in 1986, and a doctorate in 1989, all from Princeton University.
Evans is one of 13 named professors within the KU School of Engineering.
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