Institute for Information Sciences

Christopher Allen

Professor, EECS
Primary office:
(785) 864-8801
Nichols Hall
Room 153
Second office:
Eaton Hall
Room 3024


Dr. Allen joined the EECS Department at the University of Kansas as an Asst. Professor in August 1994.  He is now a full Professor in the EECS Dept.

Prior to joining the university, Dr. Allen was with the Allied Signal Kansas City Division where he was a Senior Staff Engineer and worked in the areas of high-speed digital design, radar systems analysis, and multi-chip module development. Prior to joining Allied Signal, he was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he successfully developed data handling systems, timing and control circuitry, direct digital waveform synthesis for advanced radar systems hardware with operating frequencies ranging from 100 MHz to 800 MHz. He also performed radar system design and analysis on a variety of programs.

Dr. Allen held 3 different research positions at KU, first was being the Co-Director of the Lightwave Communication Systems Laboratory, next was being the Director of the Radar Systems and Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL), and finally he was the Associate Director for Technology; Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS).

Dr. Allen has a publication record of 40 Refereed Journal Papers (in print), 89 Refereed Conference Papers (in print), and 18 US Patents awarded.

55 of Dr. Allen’s projects have been funding with a total funding cost being at $57,775,746.


BS in Electrical Engineering, University of Kansas, 1980

MS in Electrical Engineering, University of Kansas, 1982

PhD in Engineering, University of Kansas, 1984


Undergraduate Courses include Introduction to Digital Logic Design; Circuits I; Circuits II; Electronics Measurement Laboratory; Circuits; Electronics and Instrumentation; Electronic Circuits I; Electronic Circuits II; Senior Design Laboratory I; Senior Design Laboratory II; Fiber Optic Communication Systems

Graduate Courses include High Speed Digital Circuit Design; Introduction to Radar; Microwave Remote Sensing; Interferometric SAR and Applications

Research Interests:

Microwave remote sensing, radar systems, and photonics/lightwave technologies. 

Professional Affiliations:

Senior Member of IEEE

Selected Awards & Honors

Received for teaching at KU

Recognized by the Center for Teaching Excellence for excellence in the classroom, May 4, 1998.

Recipient of the EECS Harry Talley Excellence in Teaching Award April 28, 1998.

Recipient of the 2001 Ned N. Fleming Trust Award for Excellence in Teaching, May 18, 2001.

Selected as a Miller Scholar for FY 2001 for teaching, research, and service, School of Engineering,2001.

Recipient of a KU W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, October 16, 2001.

Selected as the 2002-2005 John E. Sharp and Winifred E. Sharp Teaching Professorship, School of Engineering, 2002

Recognized by the Center for Teaching Excellence for graduate teaching, May 8, 2007.

Recipient of the EECS Harry Talley Excellence in Teaching Award May 21, 2011.

Received for research at KU

Recipient of the Miller Award for Research, School of Engineering, 1999

Selected as Bellows Scholar, School of Engineering, 2005

Selected as Miller Scholar, School of Engineering, 2010

Recipient of a 2012 Leading Light Award recognizing recent recipients of externally funded awards of $1M or more

Selected as Miller Scholar, School of Engineering, 2012

Recipient of the Antarctica Service Medal of the United States of America for Service in Antarctica, May 2012

Selected as a Miller Scholar for FY 2015, School of Engineering, 2015.

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