Institute for Information Sciences

David Petr

Professor, EECS
Primary office:
(785) 864-7762
Nichols Hall
Room 118
Second office:
(785) 864-8823
Eaton Hall
Room 2001C


David W. Petr is a Professor in the Electrical and Engineering and Computer Science Department and the Information and Telecommunication Technology Center at the University of Kansas. From 1977 to 1986 he was employed by AT&T Bell Laboratories, working in the areas of digital PBXs, digital transmission systems, packet communication networks and protocols,and speech coding. He was awarded three patents related to this work and was an internal Bell Laboratories candidate for the Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Award in 1984. While pursuing his doctoral degree, he received the 1987 IEEE Frank A. Cowan Scholarship for graduate studies in communications.


PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of Kansas, 1990

MS, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 1978

BS, Electrical Engineering, Southern Methodist University, 1976


integrated telecommunication networks, analysis of communication networks, random signal theory, optimization with communication applications, introduction to communication systems, signal analysis, circuits

Research Interests:

Traffic and congestion management for communications networks, traffic integration and quality of service (QoS) for wireless and wireline networks, performance analysis and simulation, evaluation of students' confidence in answers.

Professional Affiliations:

Senior Member of the IEEE, member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). 

Selected Awards & Honors

Harry Talley Excellence in Teaching Award, 2007

W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, 2005

Harry Talley Excellence in Teaching Award, 2003

Sharp Teaching Professorship, School of Engineering, University of Kansas, 2000-2003

Ben Dasher Best Paper Award, ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education conference, 2000

Visiting Erskine Fellowship, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2000

Excellence in Teaching Award, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Kansas, 1999

Runner-up for Harry Talley Excellence in Teaching Award, School of Engineering, University of Kansas, 1996

Senior member, IEEE, 1991

Nominee for NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow, University of Kansas, 1991

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