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Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Frost Selected as Finalist for University Teaching Award

Published on December 11th, 2012 by Michelle Ward

Dan F. Servey Distinguished Professor of EECS Victor Frost was a finalist for the 2012 H.O.P.E. Award, the only honor for teaching excellence given exclusively by seniors on the Lawrence campus.

Established by the Class of 1959, the H.O.P.E. Award - Honor for an Outstanding Progressive Educator - recognizes outstanding teaching and concern for students.

EECS Distinguished Professor Victor Frost
EECS Distinguished Professor Victor Frost (middle) is recognized as a finalist for the H.O.P.E. Award during the during the Nov. 17 KU vs. Iowa State football game at Memorial Stadium.

Dr. Frost teaches courses on communications systems and networks. He brings his research on the Internet and network modeling into the classroom to provide real-world examples. The technologies used in communications networks are rapidly changing so Dr. Frost’s courses emphasize fundamentals of network engineering, which will provide a solid foundation for students throughout their careers.

Students gain practical experience with state-of-the-art network engineering tools that reinforce concepts taught by Dr. Frost.

"Having the opportunity to contribute to the education of the next generation of engineers is rewarding. Being nominated for the H.O.P.E. Award and then turning out to be a finalist was unexpected and a great honor," said Dr. Frost.

Dr. Frost also serves as an academic adviser for 20 EECS students, helping with course selection, degree requirements, University policies, and career planning. After serving for more than a decade as Director of the Information and Telecommunication Technology Center (ITTC), Dr. Frost stepped down in 2008. During his tenure, faculty affiliated with the Center generated more than $55 million in research expenditures.

The following year Dr. Frost began a two-year term as a program director at the National Science Foundation, where he helped set the national research agenda for networks. Upon his return to KU in 2011, he became the Associate Chair for EECS Graduate Studies.

Dr. Frost is a Fellow of the IEEE, he joined the KU faculty in 1982, advanced to full professor in 1992, and was named a distinguished professor in 1996.