Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology 401 N. Grant Street
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2021
Jeff Evans is an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at Purdue University. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology from Purdue, and his M.S. and Ph.D. both in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL. Before joining the ECET department in 2003 he worked for twenty years developing electronics hardware and embedded systems software as a design engineer, chief engineer, and manager of advanced development crosscutting the automotive, consumer and industrial warning and safety, medical diagnostic equipment, and telecommunications industries.
Dr. Evans works to understand the mechanisms that create performance degradation in distributed computing systems. His recent research has included the impact of network performance degradation on parallel application run time. He has developed a framework that characterizes this sensitivity on high performance computing systems without the need to instrument the application itself. The framework can also be used by cluster system administrators to characterize and evaluate their networks. He has applied his research in adaptive computing systems to the areas of sensor networks in hydrologic applications and human physical activity monitoring. His explorations also include performance management of large-scale distributed hardware-in-the-loop simulations of vehicles, molecular dynamics simulations of nano-scale machining operations used in manufacturing, and molecular dynamics simulations of fire events. Most recently Dr. Evans has been investigating hardware-in-the-loop simulations of data networks used in real-time applications related to audio and video delivery in live performance situations. He is also currently investigating the use of artificial intelligence for use in music composition and performance.