Kurose appointed Distinguished Professor

James Kurose, professor of Computer Science, has been appointed Distinguished Professor by President Jack M. Wilson. The appointment was made following a vote of approval by the Board of Trustees at its Nov. 10 meeting at the Boston campus.

Kurose was recommended for the honor by Chancellor John V. Lombardi, Charlena Seymour, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost, and Leon Osterweil, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

In their letter of recommendation, Lombardi and Seymour said Kurose “has clearly established himself as a world-renowned leader in the field of computer networking.” In his recommendation, Osterweil wrote, “Professor Kurose merits the title ‘distinguished’ in all aspects of his academic career: research, teaching and service.”

Kurose joined the faculty in 1984 after receiving his Ph.D. at Columbia University. He was granted tenure in 1990 and promoted to professor in 1996.

As a researcher, Kurose has made pioneering and sustained contributions to the design and analysis of network protocols and architectures, particularly for supporting multimedia communication, quality-of-service, and multicast communication. In the past five years, he has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator of more than $8 million in funding from the National Science Foundation. He has also received grants from Sprint, Nextel, AT&T and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Kurose was elected a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers in 1997 and a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery in 2002.

Kurose’s effective and popular classroom teaching was recognized with the National Technological University’s Outstanding Teaching Award every year from 1988 through 1998. He received the UMass Amherst College of Natural Science and Mathematics’ Outstanding Teaching Award in 1995 and the Outstanding Teaching Award of the Northeast Association of Graduate Schools in 1996.

Kurose is co-author (with Keith Ross of Eurecom) of the textbook, “Computer Networking: a Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet,” published by Addison-Wesley Longman. According to TWM Research, it was the most adopted textbook in computer networking in the top 250 engineering schools in the spring of 2001. It is being
translated into seven languages.

In addition to his textbook, Kurose has been developing significant educational content through his work on the use of multimedia for asynchronous distance education. Kurose founded the MANIC (Multimedia Asynchronous Networked Individualized Courseware) project at UMass Amherst in 1996 and has used the project both as a driver for his research in multimedia systems, and to learn how students use multimedia tools for asynchronous distance education. The computer science department uses MANIC to stream its stored courses to off-campus students. For his educational endeavors, Kurose has been awarded the 2002 Taylor Booth Award by the IEEE Computer Society, the highest award in education given by the group.

He chaired the Computer Science Department from 1998-2001 and spearheaded the establishment of the Information Technology (IT) minor with Joseph Goldstein, dean of the College of Engineering. Kurose and Goldstein also conceived, planned and developed more than $6.5 million in financial support for the Commonwealth Information Technology Initiative (CITI), a three-year program funded by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education that seeks to modernize and expand IT programs in Massachusetts public higher education institutions. Kurose and Goldstein were honored in 2002 for their work on CITI with the IT Workforce Development Leadership Award from the Massachusetts Telecommunications Council and the Public Service Award from the President’s Office.

Kurose has also served on a number of advisory and governing boards of professional organizations and is the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, widely regarded as the top journal in the networking field.