Joseph B. Evans received the B.S.E.E. degree from Lafayette College in 1983, and the M.S.E., M.A., and Ph. D. degrees from Princeton University in 1984, 1986, and 1989, respectively.
In 1989, he joined the faculty at the University of Kansas (KU), where he is the Deane E. Ackers Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. He is also the Director of Research Information Technology for the University of Kansas, reporting to the Vice Provost for Research. From 1997 to 2004, he served as Director of the Networking & Distributed Systems Laboratory at the Information & Telecommunication Technology Center (ITTC), the second largest research center at the University of Kansas, with approximately 150 faculty, staff, and students, and annual expenditures of approximately $7 million. He served as Acting Director of ITTC from October 1999 to August 2000.
Dr. Evans served as a Program Director in the Division of Computer and Network Systems, Directorate of Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 2003 to 2005. At NSF, he had oversight responsibility for over $70 million in multi-organizational networking research efforts in wireless networking, cybersecurity, optical networking, and scientific applications. Further, he was responsible for over $50 million in new research and infrastructure awards in newly created programs.
He was a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of NetGames USA, Inc., a network gaming company acquired by Microsoft in 2000; XBox Live, Microsoft's Internet gaming service, utilizes the NetGames USA technology. Dr. Evans was also President and CEO of Ambient Computing, Inc., which developed software and hardware solutions that enable smart wireless environments.
He is currently a member of the planning group for the NSF Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI).
Dr. Evans' current research interests include cognitive networks, wireless and mobile networking, ubiquitous computing environments, adaptive computing systems, and system implementations.
He has been involved in a variety of networking projects while at KU, ranging from the MAGIC gigabit networking testbed (developing high speed SONET/ATM systems and performing protocol tuning), the ACTS ATM Internet, and the Rapidly Deployable Radio Network project (creating mobile broadband wireless systems) to a collaborative effort with the KU School of Education to deliver K-12 educational resources over the Internet during the early days of the web (students on this project were founding members of Netscape).
Dr. Evans spent the 1996-1997 academic year on sabbatical at Cambridge University and Olivetti & Oracle Research Laboratory in Cambridge, England, working in the area of mobile computing and communications systems. He participated in the Air Force Summer Research Program at Hanscom AFB in 1991.
Prior to joining the University of Kansas, he held a postdoctoral position in the Network Systems Research Department of AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey, where he was involved in the design of a high performance integrated network. While at Princeton, he was awarded an AT&T Bell Laboratories Graduate Fellowship for 1984-1988; during this time, he was also a part time employee of Bell Labs, working in the field of speech processing algorithms for packet networks.
Dr. Evans is a Senior Member of the IEEE, is currently Vice-Chair of the IEEE Communications Society Technical Sub-Committee on Cognitive Networks, was formerly Chair of the Technical Committee on High-Speed Networks, has recently served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Communications Letters, and is Co-Editor of the IEEE Communications Magazine Radio Communications Series. He is also a member of the ACM (SIGCOMM and SIGMOBILE).