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Knightly named to endowed chair

Edward Knightly, professor and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Rice University, has been named the Sheafor-Lindsay Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, effective July 1.

Knightly was appointed to the endowed chair by Rice President David Leebron. The appointment was recommended by Edwin L. “Ned” Thomas, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering, and Rice provost Marie Lynn Miranda, and approved by the Board of Trustees at its May 18 meeting.

“Edward is an excellent researcher, teacher and administrator. He performs all three activities with great effectiveness and efficiency. We are happy to recognize his accomplishments by naming him to the Sheafor-Lindsay Chair,” Thomas said.

Knightly earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California at Berkeley in 1996, and joined the Rice faculty that same year. He became a full professor in 2006 and department chair in 2014.

His research focuses on mobile and wireless networks, emphasizing design, performance evaluation and at-scale field trials. As director of the Rice Networks Group, he helped pioneer the deployment, operation and management of a large-scale wireless network in a Houston under-resourced community. Technology For All Wireless has served more than 4,000 users in several square kilometers and employs custom-built programmable and observable access points.

Knightly is an IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Fellow, a Sloan Fellow and a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. He received best paper awards from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) MobiCom, ACM MobiHoc, IEEE SECON, and the IEEE Workshop on Cognitive Radio Architectures for Broadband. He serves as an editor-at-large for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and on the IMDEA Networks Scientific Council.

The Sheafor-Lindsay Innovation Fund was established in 2001 with a gift from Steve Sheafor, who graduated from Rice in 1972 with a B.A. in mathematics and economics, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering, and Cindy Lindsay, who earned a B.A. in mathematics from Rice in 1973.

-Patrick Kurp