An advisor will be assigned to the student upon entering the program, but students are free to select a different advisor for subsequent advising and registration as their interests become more focused. The PhD student should seek a faculty program advisor who is knowledgeable in the student’s major area of study. The advisor must be a member of the graduate faculty who is able to spend the time and effort necessary for the advising role, will be available for examinations, and with whom a productive and comfortable working relationship can be established. The advisor selected by the student for the period prior to the dissertation stage of the program is the program advisor. The program advisor and the dissertation advisor may be the same person, but the student has the option to select a different advisor for the dissertation.

Program Advisor

Upon agreement of the faculty member to act as the student’s advisor, the signed agreement is placed in the student’s folder. Any subsequent change of program advisor should be submitted in writing to the Chair of the Program and placed on record in the student’s folder.

Doctoral students are ultimately responsible for their own direction and progress through the program and are encouraged to seek advice from any member of the iSchool faculty or other University faculty in this endeavor.

The program advisor, however, is the one primarily responsible for providing guidance, insight, advice, information, explanation of University and School policies, and general assistance in the pursuit of the PhD degree.

The program advisor will also approve those actions requiring a faculty signature. All coursework and dissertation credits must be approved by an advisor. The program advisor assists the student in 1) developing a plan for the program of studies and 2) arranging for the preliminary and the comprehensive examinations.

James Joshi
Research interests: Advanced Access control, Distributed and Multimedia systems security, Systems and Network survivability, IPv6 and mobile Security, Secure Information Sharing.

Prashant Krishnamurthy
Research interests: Information and network security, wireless security, wireless data networks.

Konstantinos “Kostas” Pelechrinis
Research interests: Wireless network systems (e.g., 802.11, 3G, home networks, multihomed wireless devices), wireless networks security — jamming detection and prevention, Denial of Service Attacks, trustworthy network operations, mathematical foundations of communications networks, and graph mining of the Internet.

David Tipper
Research interests: Network design and traffic restoration; procedures for survivable networks; simulation and queuing theory with emphasis on transient/nonstationary behavior; virtual network design; and network control algorithms.

Martin Weiss
Research interests: Policy and industry implications of new technologies, secondary use of spectrum, spectrum trading, cost modeling of telecommunications technologies, technical standards and their impact on industry.

Taieb Znati
Research interests: Real-time communication networks and protocols to support multimedia environments; multimedia synchronization and presentation; design and analysis of medium-access control protocols to support distributed real-time systems; network performance.