James P.G. Sterbenz

Prospective Students

I am looking for one new PhD student and a few new MS students in the coming year.

Prospective students should share my research interests, and first do their homework by reading my Web pages, papers, and presentations. I am interested in working with highly motivated bright students that share my general research interests, and will pursue independent network systems architecture research with my guidance and the suport of a number other graduate students in the group.

The ideal candidate will have a solid background in networking fundamentals with emphasis in the network and transport layers, computer architecture, and operating systems, as well as practical experience with Unix based systems administration, TCP/IP network programming in C or C++, the Web (including HTML, HTTP and other programming), the ns-2 or ns-3 simulator, and Perl or Python. The desire and ability to communicate ideas, both in presentations as well as in written publications, is essential.

PhD Prospects

I am always looking for good PhD students whose research interests with compatible with mine and who will be able to contribute to the ResiliNets research group. We are generally able to support PhD students with either a GRA (graduate research assistantship) or GTA (graduate teaching assistantship).

It is essential that you first look at my web pages and understand my research interests before you contact me.

If you are not yet enrolled in KU: I will generally not reply to unsolicited email from students who are seeking internships or enrollment. You should read the EECS Graduate Admissions page and follow instructions to gain admission. Prospective students should understand that generic mass-emailing to faculty is not the way to help your case for admission nor to get an advisor. If your current advisor has told you that spamming is a way to get favourable attention, please direct them to this Web page.

If you have questions specifically about my research group feel free to send me email as long as at least one of the following holds:

If you have been accepted in the PhD program but not yet decided to choose KU, or have enrolled but not yet arrived in Lawrence: I'd be happy to correspond if you think we may share common research interests. Please do your homework first by looking at my Web pages, papers, and presentations so that we have a starting point for conversation.

If you are already enrolled as a KU PhD student and are in Lawrence: I'd be happy to talk with you. I strongly recommend that you look at the ResiliNets Web pages before we talk. If you have strong interests in other areas of networking, or in computer system architecture with an overlap with networking, we should also talk. I recommend that you come to one of our open ResiliNets research group meetings; this will give you an opportunity to meet other graduate students and affiliated faculty and see what we do first hand.

MSIT (Master of Science in Information Technology) Prospects

If you live in the greater Kansas City area and are considering enrolling in the Kansas City Edwards Campus MSIT program: I'd be happy to talk to you about the program, particularly if you are interested in the Internet Engineering or Network Security focus areas. I recommend that you look at my course web pages, and then feel free to email me to schedule a meeting.

If you have already been admitted to the MSIT program: If you plan to do a thesis and are interested in the Internet Engineering focus area you should enroll in one of my classes and talk to me about a plan of study during your first semester. I encourage you to also talk to the other MSIT faculty whose research interests you share before choosing an initial advisor. You may change advisor and committee once you've taken several courses and chosen a thesis topic. While I encourage MSIT students to do a thesis, it is not the right option for everyone. If you plan to do a course option MSIT in the Internet Engineering focus area I'd be happy to help you with your plan of study.

MSCS, MSCoE, and MSEE (Master of Science) Prospects

If you are not yet enrolled in KU: I will generally not reply to unsolicited email from students who are seeking internships or enrollment unless you are currently enrolled in KU, Lancaster University, or ETH Zürich, or unless you have an advisor that I know first send me an introduction by email. You need to understand that no funding commitments are possible to MS students before admission into the program. You should read the EECS Graduate Admissions page and follow instructions to gain admission. Prospective students should understand that generic mass-emailing to faculty is not the way to help your case for admission nor to get an advisor. If your current advisor has told you that spamming is a way to get favourable attention, please direct them to this Web page.

If you have been accepted in the MS program but not yet decided to choose KU, or have enrolled but not yet arrived in Lawrence: If you plan to do a thesis option MS in CS, CoE, or EE and believe that you have compatible research interests, I'd be happy to discuss specific aspects of our work after you have looked at my Web pages, papers, and presentations. MS thesis opportunities consisting of theoretical analysis, simulation, or implementation are currently available for the following topics:

If you are already enrolled as a KU MS thesis-option student and are in Lawrence: Graduate students are expected to choose an advisor and file a plan of study with a tentative committee in their first semester. In many cases this is too early to know enough about your thesis topic to make a final decision, but it is best for everyone if you try to make a good initial match. If you have just arrived and believe we have compatible interests, I'll be happy to talk to you. You should take one of my classes if possible, and begin attending ResiliNets research group meetings. This will give you the ability to see what we do and talk with me and other graduate students. If we then agree that there is mutual interest, I'd be happy to serve as your advisor, with the understanding that we need to re-evaluate the choice of both advisor and committee once you have a better idea of your thesis topic.

Once you have been at KU long enough to choose a thesis and have demonstrated that you have potential to be a member of my research group by actively contributing to the ResiliNets research group or excelling in one of my classes, we can discuss thesis committee makeup and funding opportunities. If you had initially chosen another advisor, you should first discuss with him or her that you wish to pursue your thesis in my research group.

Expectations and Responsibilities of MS Thesis Students

While the expectations of an MS thesis are less than a PhD dissertation, it is an endeavour that must be taken seriously. I generally encourage MS students to do a thesis, but if you are not prepared to do the work and writing required for an MS thesis, you should instead pursue the course option. Prospective students must understand and agree to the certain requirements before I will agree to advise or be a committee member.


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