The Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering has added to its expertise in the area of wireless communications with the addition of Tamal Bose as its new head.
Bose will join the UA College of Engineering July 15 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – better known as Virginia Tech – where he is a professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
At Virginia Tech, he was director of the National Science Foundation's Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology and associate director of Wireless @ Virginia Tech, a universitywide wireless research group.
Bose's teaching interests are communications, digital signal processing, stochastic processes and image processing. His research interests include adaptive filtering, spectrum sensing, cognitive radios and channel equalization.
"I am honored and excited to become the next department head of electrical and computer engineering," Bose said. "The ECE department at the University of Arizona is top notch with eminent faculty and bright students."
UA College of Engineering Dean Jeff Goldberg described Bose as an accomplished educator and researcher.
"We are thrilled to have Dr. Tamal Bose join our faculty," Goldberg said. "His area of research – wireless communications – dovetails with existing strengths in the college and will be valuable in key areas of defense and biomedical systems."
Bose got his doctorate in 1988 and his master's degree in 1984, both in electrical engineering and both from Southern Illinois University. He got his bachelor's degree in 1982 from Jadavpur University in Kolkata – formerly called Calcutta – India.
Following a faculty position at the University of Colorado, he joined Utah State University in 2000 as a professor of electrical and computer engineering and was head of Utah State's ECE department from 2003 to 2007.
Bose said he anticipates working closely with the ECE faculty and staff and the college administration to deliver the highest quality of education to prepare the next generation of electrical and computer engineers for careers in industry, government and academia.
"I would also like to lead the department to greater heights in research productivity, national visibility and technology transfer," he said.
He wrote the 2004 textbook "Digital Signal and Image Processing," and co-authored "Basic Simulation Models of Phase Tracking Devices Using MATLAB," published in 2010. He is the author or co-author of more than 150 technical papers.
Bose, who plays piano and is a member of the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi, said he looks forward to enjoying Tucson's natural beauty.
"I am an avid skier and hiker," Bose said. "I love the West and the mountains."
He and his wife, Tammy, have two children – Cameron, 13, and Megana, 9.
Bose was associate editor for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers "Transactions on Signal Processing" from 1992 to 1996. He is currently on the editorial board of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers "Transactions on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences" and "Research Letters in Signal Processing." He is an IEEE Engineering Accreditation Commission program evaluator and a member of the digital signal processing technical committee for the IEEE Circuits and Systems society.