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Jeff Evans

Deputy Director for the Information and Communications Lab (ICL), Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)

Jeff Evans is the Deputy Director for the Information and Communications Lab (ICL) at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) of Georgia Tech and Deputy Director for a campus-wide collaboration termed the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT). Mr. Evans has 25 years of research in the communications field with particular interest in broadband wireless network implementations, emerging mobile communications services, and the delivery of applications and services to communities and underserved areas. Within ICL, Mr. Evans directs a Lab consisting of approximately 175 total personnel with 130 professional engineers and scientist conducting nearly $30 million in sponsored research programs for FY12. His responsibilities include directing the technical research requirements across the four lab divisions – providing oversight of overall research programs. He is also responsible for interfacing lab capabilities and technical research to the related activities across the Georgia Tech campus. Thus, Mr. Evans serves on numerous development efforts and programs to extend Georgia Tech’s research capabilities to emerging areas such as Health IT, Cybersecurity infrastructure, First Responder and Disaster response concepts, and the convergence of digital technologies for future commercial applications and services. He is also the co-founder and director of the Foundations for the Future (F3) program, an outreach effort currently in its 12th year supporting delivery of broadband services and applications into the K-12 classroom and underserved communities.  He has also developed programs for hybrid rural and mobile telecommunications services with emphasis on researching QoS requirements and network protocol interoperability.  Under previous research programs, Mr. Evans served as program manager for a Counter-IED program for JIEDDO, researched vulnerabilities of cellular networks for various customers, and has directed numerous battlefield communications and wireless research programs at GTRI for a host of sponsors.

In addition to continuing as Deputy Director of ICL, Mr. Evans was recently appointed Deputy Director of the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT). This effort combines the applied research capabilities of Georgia Tech thru the capabilities of GTRI and similar applied research centers with the breadth and depth of theoretical research across the campus of Georgia Tech, which is consistently considered among the top 4 engineering research universities in the US and top 7 in the world. Mr. Evans, as part of IPaT, works with over 150 GT researchers to bring together the intersection of emerging technology and how it will be utilized to beneficially impact the lives of people, primarily in the areas of Media, Healthcare, Education, and Humanitarian Systems. His specific responsibilities is coordinating possible research activities with industry, developing “living” testbeds to understand the potential of the technology in a real world environment, and International collaborations.  Mr. Evans has B.S and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech.