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UT Arlington Computing Professor Named Program Director at NSF

December 22, 2008

Sajal Das, a professor of computer science and engineering and director of the Center for Research in Wireless Mobility and Networking (CReWMaN) at The University of Texas at Arlington, has joined the National Science Foundation as a Program Director in the Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS).

As program director of the Network Technology and Systems (NeTS) Cluster, Dr. Das will provide the technical leadership needed to advance the CNS’s vision and achieve the research and education objectives of the NeTS program. In particular, Dr. Das will play a critical role in seeking new research directions and innovative ways to address current and future challenges in wireless and sensor networks.

With his expertise in mobile, ubiquitous and pervasive computing, Dr. Das will bring a new perspective to the NeTS cluster. Ubiquitous and pervasive computing is an emerging discipline that brings together elements from several fields, including wireless technologies, sensor networks, distributed systems, mobile computing, embedded systems, human computer interaction and computer vision. These disciplines cut across several programs and offer great potential for collaboration and multi-disciplinary research, both within the NSF and across agencies. Dr. Das has the intellectual expertise and experience needed to enable and foster collaboration across these activities.

Dr. Das is recognized, both nationally and internationally, for his research and leadership accomplishments. He has chaired or held other leadership positions at more than 75 conferences and symposia. He is the co-author of three books, a recipient of numerous best paper awards and has served as an editor-in-chief, associate editor or reviewer for numerous technical journals and books. He has also served as a panel member reviewing awards and grants presented by the NSF and research councils in Australia, Canada, Israel, Italy and Hong Kong.

Dean of the College of Engineering Dr. Bill Carroll congratulated Dr. Das for his selection as an NSF program director. “His appointment is not only an honor for him but also for UT Arlington,” said Carroll. “It’s yet another indication of the quality of our faculty.”

Though working in Washington, DC, Dr. Das will continue to conduct research and work with students at the university. “I believe that Dr. Das will provide a valuable link between the NSF and research activities at UT Arlington,” said Professor Fillia Makedon, chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Department. “Being an NSF program director is an excellent way to provide much needed service to the research agenda of this country and we need more faculty doing this.”