Cody Howard
School of Engineering

School of Engineering announces new department chair

Tue, 06/04/2019

LAWRENCE — Erik Perrins, professor of electrical engineering & computer science at the University of Kansas School of Engineering, will assume the role of department chair July 1.

Perrins replaces Victor Frost, who will return to research and teaching after serving five years as chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science.

“Professor Perrins has an impressive record of research and teaching, and we are looking forward to what the future holds for the EECS department under his guidance,” Arvin Agah, dean of engineering, said. “Professor Perrins takes over a strong and vibrant department thanks in part to the tireless efforts of Professor Frost. We thank Victor for his leadership and service.”

Perrins has been a faculty member with the KU EECS department since 2005. He has also served as the associate director of KU’s Information & Telecommunication Technology Center (ITTC) since 2014.

His current research interests include digital communication theory, synchronization, channel coding, energy efficient communications and complexity reduction in receivers. He has served as an area editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications from 2007-2018 and as the chair of the Communication Theory Technical Committee within the IEEE Communications Society from 2017-2018.

Frost cites growth of the department’s cybersecurity initiatives, enhanced endowments for student development funds and graduate fellowships, and the first ABET accreditation of the department’s information technology degree as some of the department’s major accomplishments during his tenure as chair.

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