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Tilman Wolf is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His responsibilities include academic space, personnel reviews, and new initiatives, such as cohort-based international distance education programs and year-round university operation. As Associate Dean of Engineering, he led efforts to establish a new Department of Biomedical Engineering, for which he served as interim department head. He also developed a training program for graduate students who teach the college-wide freshman seminar. He is engaged in research and teaching in the areas of computer networks, cybersecurity, and embedded systems. He is a co-author of the book "Architecture of Network Systems" and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. His research has been supported by grants from NSF, DARPA, and industry. He has taught numerous courses on computer networks, embedded systems, programming, and digital design.
Dissertation: "Design and Performance of Scalable High-Performance Programmable Routers."
Advisor: Jonathan S. Turner
Project: "Design of a Medical-Video-on-Demand System over ATM Networks"
Advisor: Guru M. Parulkar
Project: "User Generated Annotations for WWW Documents"
Advisor: Kurt Rothermel
Member of Provost's leadership team with responsibility for several key functions in academic affairs: coordination with facilities and campus planning to ensure effective use of academic spaces and the availability of suitable laboratory spaces for new hires; evaluation of faculty for tenure, promotion, and other personnel actions; implementation of international distance education programs.
Co-leader of the UMass Amherst Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, which is part of a national network of 43 research universities to provide training for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in STEM disciplines to prepare them for careers that involve teaching.
Leadership of recently established Department of Biomedical Engineering with responsibility for continued implementation of new degree programs, faculty hiring, move into new space, establishment of research programs, and collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS).
Member of College of Engineering leadership team with responsibility for creation of a new department and degree programs in biomedical engineering, overseeing research activities, coordinating space use, ensuring compliance with environmental health and safety regulations, directing the information technology group, conducting evaluations of academic personnel, and implementation of a new cohort-based distance education program in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Member of College of Engineering leadership team with responsibility for graduate studies and general operation, implementing a new Freshman Seminar program, coordinating graduate student fellowships, training graduate students for teaching, develop new degree programs, directing the information technology group, and conducting evaluations of academic personnel.
Founder of new 5-year B.S./M.S. program in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
My research is in the areas of computer networks, cybersecurity, and embedded systems. My research interests include Internet architecture, network routers, embedded system security, and Internet of Things. My students and I approach these problems from a theoretical as well as practical angle and place emphasis on the implementation of prototype systems for validation and to obtain quantitative performance data.
I was lead principal investigator on the ChoiceNet project, one of five large NSF Future Internet Architecture (FIA) projects. I am co-author of the book "Architecture of Network Systems" and have published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. My research has been supported by grants from NSF, DARPA, and industry.
A full list of my publication is available in my CV. Most of my publications are also listed in the following databases:
DBLP Computer Science Bibliography
IEEE Xplore Digital Library
ACM Digital Library
Publication identifiers: ORCID: 0000-0003-0449-0441, ResearcherID: B-4782-2019, Scopus: 7201702112
I have had the opportunity to work with many talented students. Students I have worked with have gone on to pursue successful careers in industry and academia. Overall, I have supervied 32 M.S. theses and 12 Ph.D. disertations.
Math Genealogy Project
I have taught numerous courses on computer networks, embedded systems, programming, digital design, and the introduction to electrical and computer engineering. In all of my teaching, I aim to inspire students with excitement about the impact that they can have as engineers. I also want all aspiring engineers to believe that they can succeed as students and as practitioners.
My approach to teaching has evolved over the last decade to reflect these aspirations. This was in response to two challenges that I observed in engineering education: (1) the field of engineering, particularly electrical and computer engineering, has long projected an image of artificial selectivity that threatens to filter out those students who do not already come with prior preparation, rather than providing a nurturing environment for a diverse student body to learn and succeed, and (2) the bottom-up structure of the curriculum hides from students a perspective of how foundational materials relate to the "big picture," in which engineering solves meaningful, societal problems.
To address these issues, I have transformed my classroom engagement and the content and structure of the introductory courses that I co-teach. In the classroom, I share my passion for engineering with my students - I enjoy the thrill of stepping in front of a class and delivering an engaging performance. Developing demos and activities that can be conducted in large classroom environments was an innovation that I introduced when redesigning and creating the introductory engineering courses.