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Roger Walker Named Interim Chair of Computer Science and Engineering Department

July 28, 2005

Dr. Roger Walker, a leading research scientist at the University of Texas at Arlington, has been named interim chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE). He replaces Dr. Behrooz Shirazi, who accepted a post at another university.

A longtime CSE professor, Dr. Walker will assume the position August 1. He founded UTA’s CSE department and served as its first chair in the early 1980’s. Dr. Walker received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked in industry as a computer systems and research engineer and as a senior manager. His research areas include microcomputer systems, lasers and optic systems, signal processing, road roughness, and embedded real-time instrumentation and control systems.

Dr. Walker is the director of the Embedded and Transportation Instrumentation Research Laboratory. His research here has received more than $8 million in government awards and produced many of the instrumentation systems used by the Texas Department of Transportation to evaluate road conditions in Texas.

Dr. Shirazi has been a professor in CSE since 1990 and has served as department chair since 1999. He set the department on a course in 2000 to significantly boost its teaching and research programs. The plan, called the Top 25 Initiative, is designed to boost the department to among the top CSE departments in America.

The initiative thus far has achieved significant results, including more than doubling CSE’s research budget. For the past three years, CSE has led all UTA academic departments in research funding. In 2004, the department received $3.8 million in external research funding. Among other successes achieved through the initiative, the department founded an international conference on pervasive computing and communications in 2003 that is now recognized as the world’s leading conference in its field.

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