Short Biography for David W. Petr

Short Biography for David W. Petr

David W. Petr received the BSEE degree from Southern Methodist University in 1976, the MSEE degree from Stanford University in 1978, and the Ph.D. Degree from the University of Kansas in 1990. He is currently a Professor of Electrical and Engineering and Computer Science with the University of Kansas (KU) and its Information and Telecommunication Technology Center. His current research interests are focused on signal processing for music applications. Past research interests include multihop wireless (ad hoc and sensor) networks, network traffic modeling and performance analysis, the design and analysis of network resource management and congestion control mechanisms, and enhancing students' confidence in their work.

From 1977 to 1986 he worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories in the areas of digital PBXs, speech coding, and integrated packet networks. He was awarded three patents related to this work. During the 1983-84 academic year, he represented AT&T as a Visiting Professor at Tennessee State University. During the first half of 2000, Prof. Petr was a Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. During the first half of 2016, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the Graz Technical University (TU-Graz) in Graz, Austria.

Prof. Petr was named a Kemper Teaching Fellow at KU in 2005 and was a Sharp Professor of Engineering for the period 2000-2002, both for excellence and innovation in teaching. He received the Henry E. Gould Award for Undergraduate Engineering Advising in 2013. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

Last Update: August 2017

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