Associate Dean of the Faculty for Special Initiatives, Professor of Engineering


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Dr. Christopher Rose   received the S.B. (1979), S.M. (1981) and Ph.D. (1985) degrees all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Following graduate school, he joined AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, N.J.  as a member of the Network Systems Research Department where he regaled his peers with levitated center conductor Hi-Tc superconducting cables, annoyed them by showing random lightwave network architectures performed as well as carefully sculpted ones, and puzzled them with odd applications of cellular automata.  In 1990 when Arno(Penzias) told everyone in "Area 11" to go to academe if they were not keenly interested in the corporate bottom line (including his Nobel partner Bob [Wilson]), Chris  was congratulated on his timing as he joined the E&CE at Rutgers University the very next week.  He is currently a Professor of Engineering at Brown and a Fellow of the IEEE, cited "for contributions to wireless communication systems theory." He has also served as a full member of the Army Science Board (2013--2014).

He has served as an Associate Director of the Rutgers Wireless Networks Laboratory (WINLAB) (1999-2007) and his current technical interests include applications of communication/information theory to just about everything including biology, (nano/micro/macro)mechanical systems and tantalizingly, maybe even supersymmetry throughJim Gates' intriguing Adinkras formalism as it  rapidly evolves. Chris is currently hoping that the early July 2012 discovery of "Higgs-like" particle(s) is a menagerie of Higgs' rather than A Higgs. A menagerie might put SUSY on firm footing -- and make it possible mere mortals (like Chris) to crash the party by climbing the Adinkras scaffolding! Time will tell ....  In the meantime, here's a fun talk he gave at ITA'13.

Past wireless interests have included novel mobile communications networks, applications of genetic algorithms to control problems in communications networks and interference avoidance methods using universal radios to foster peaceful coexistence in what will be the wireless ecology of the 5GHz U-NII bands.  This work, co-authored with Sennur Ulukus  and Roy Yates,  received the 2003 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications.     Here's a picture of the ecstatic authors at the Globecom 2004 awards ceremony (picture credit: Aylin Yener).

For fun, as an outgrowth of research on opportunistic communications,  he also considered the details of a  problem everyone has wondered about at one time or another: how will our first extraterrestrial civilization contact occur? The interesting twist is that it can be FAR more efficient for distant  "little green people" to send information-bearing physical artifacts than electromagnetic signals -- seemingly at odds with current SETI wisdom. This work was featured on the cover of the September 2, 2004 issue of Nature and can be found (along with an astounding amount of press coverage, including a NY Times Editorial!!!)  under the tongue-in-cheek rubric cosmic communications.   Here's an associated cartoon competition!

Chris was certainly surprised by the Rutgers Engineering Governing Council, a student group which spans all of engineering, with a 2005-2006 Teaching Excellence Award in E&CE.  However, he almost fainted when told he had won the 2008-2009 Teaching Excellence Award in E&CE.  Lightning, it seems, sometimes DOES strike twice!  Apparently the free beer and pizza served during every class is working well!   In fact, it seems to have worked so well that lightning struck THREE TIMES with a 2009-2010 Teaching Excellence Award in E&CE by the EGC win.   Perhaps a formalism is in order.

Theorem:  Beer + Pizza = Academic Excellence
Proof:  3 EGC teaching award wins   Q.E.D.

And it seems there's a STUNNING corollary for 2011 that actually brought tears (manly ones of course!) to his eyes when informed:

Corollary 2011:  Beer + Pizza + BBQ = Universal Academic Excellence
Proof:  2011 EGC Best Teacher in Engineering Award   Q.E.D.

2013 UPDATE: Chris thinks that Rutgers ECE students might be masochists. There's really no other explanation. His unrepentant torture of tender young sophomores with an intro EE class in the Fall of 2012 was rewarded with the 2012-13 EGC Teaching Excellence in ECE Award. Or maybe they just love pizza and beer more than they hate intellectual pain.

Seriously:  Thank you (teetotaling, at least in my classes ) E&CE and SoE Undergrads for your unflagging support! It means a lot to an (increasingly) old man!

Here is a formal (pure academic puffery) Curriculum Vitae in PDF format and Chris' Wikipedia page  (personal puffery).  Here is some increasingly ancient conference/service puffery if you're curious about his mis-spent academic adolescence.  Chris can be reached at Christopher_Rose AT Brown DOT edu

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