Mir, Nader

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Professor Nader MIr

Nader Mir




Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering
Electrical Engineering Department
San Jose State University

One Washington Square
San Jose, California 95192-0084
Office: Engineering E251
Telephone: (408) 924-3986
Fax: (408) 924-3925
E-mail: nader.mir@sjsu.edu



  • Ph.D Degree: May 1995, Electrical Engineering, Washington University.
    Dissertation: Analysis & Design of High-Speed Switching Systems (for Computer Networks).
  • M.Sc. Degree: Dec.1990, Electrical Engineering, Washington University
    Specialization: Design and Analysis of Computer and Communication Networks and Protocols.
  • B.Sc. Degree: May1985, Electrical Engineering, Rank: top 5%
    Concentration: Electronic Circuits.



Nader F. Mir is currently a Professor, and served as the Associate Chair, at the Electrical Engineering Department of San Jose State University, California. He also serves as the Director of University off-campus Master’s Program in several companies in Silicon Valley such as the Lockheed-Martin Space Systems Corporation. He is also an expert in intellectual property development and a consultant for patent litigation cases in the areas of communications, telecommunications and computer networks at both the protocol and hardware levels.

Professor Mir is internationally known through his research, scholarly work, and his published book. He has had a number of invited talks at international conferences.

He has published more than 100 refereed technical journal and conference papers all in the field of communications and computer networking. Dr. Mir has published a successful book through Pearson Prentice Hall Publisher which is now a world-wide adopted university text-book and translated to several languages. The book is entitled “Computer and Communication Networks” (ISBN: 0133814742).The 2nd Edition of this book has been published in 2015.

He was granted a successful U.S. Patent (Patent 7,012,895 B1), claiming an invention related to hardware/protocol for use in high-speed computer communication networks.

Dr. Mir has received a number of prestigious national and university awards and research grants. He is also the recipient of a university teaching recognition award and a research excellence award. He is also the recipient of a number of outstanding presentation awards from leading international conferences.

He has several journal editorial positions such as: the technical Editor of IEEE Communication Magazine, the Editor of Journal of Computing and Information Technology, a Guest Editor for Computer Networking at CIT Journal, and the Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions. He is a senior member of the IEEE and has also served as the member of technical program committee and steering committee for a number of major IEEE communications and networking conferences such as WCNC, GLOBECOM, and ICC and ICCCN conferences.

The areas of his research are: Computer and Communication Networks, TCP/IP Internet, Client-Server, WEB, Traffic Load Balancing, VoIP, Video and Streaming over IP, Multimedia Networks, Design of Networking Equipments, Modems, Switches and Routers, Telephone, SS7, Wireless and Mobile Networks and Wireless Sensor Networks.

Prior to his current position, he was an associate professor at his current school, and assistant professor at University of Kentucky in Lexington. From 1994 to 1996, he was a research scientist at the Advanced Telecommunications Institute, Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey working on design of advanced communication systems and high-speed computer networks. From 1990 to 1994 he was with the Computer and Communications Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis and worked as a research assistant on design and analysis of high-speed switching systems project. From 1985 to 1988, he was with Telecommunication Research & Development Center (TRDC), Surrey, and as a telecommunications system research & development engineer, participated in design of a high-speed digital telephone Private Branch Exchange" (PBX), and received the best “design/idea” award.

He received the B.Sc. degree (with honors) in electrical engineering in 1985, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees both in electrical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, in 1990 and 1995 respectively.

Professional Career

  1. August 2005 to Present: Professor (and the Department Associate Chairman, 2006 – 2008), Department of Electrical Engineering, San Jose State University, CA.

    1. Director of University’s graduate programs (since 2006): offered to several Silicon Valley Companies.

    2. Patent Litigation Consultant: experience in patent infringement and invalidity including expert-report preparation, deposition, and court testimony.

  2. August 2001 to July 2005: Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, San Jose State University, CA.

  3. August 1996 to July 2001: Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.

  4. January 1995 to June 1996: Research Scientist Engineer (in charge of engineering projects in communication engineering and high-speed computer networks), Advanced Telecommunications Institute, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey.

  5. Sep. 1989 to January 1995: Research Assistant, Computer & Communications Research Center, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

  6. May 1985 to December 1988: Telecomm R&D Engineer (in charge of engineering projects in telecommunication engineering), Telecommunication Research & Development Center (TRDC), Surrey




Teaching Interest
EE110 Network Analysis
EE160 Digital Communications
EE181 Fundamentals of Computer Networks and Internetworking (See Textbook)
EE250 Probability and Stochastic Processes (Graduate Course)
EE281 Internetworking (Graduate Course)
EE283 Broadband Communication Networks (Graduate Course) (See Textbook)
EE284 Convergent Voice over IP Networks (VoIP)


Thesis/Project Supervision and Student Advising
· Supervised Thesis/Project/Independent Research: 106.
· Served as the Member of other Master’s and PhD Thesis Defense Committees: 24
· Graduate Student Advising (Computer Communication Networking): Approx. 25 per year.
· Supervised Undergraduate Senior Design Projects: 19.
· Undergraduate Student Advising: Approximately 30 per year.


Teaching Awards and Honors:

  1. Honor, Outstanding Performance Tutorial Award, “VoIP, and Multimedia over IP Networks,” The 9th International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing and Networks (PDCN’10), Innsbruck, Austria, February 16-18, 2010.

  2. Honor, Accomplished Tutorial Award, “Wireless Networks, Mesh Networks, Mobile IP, and WiMAX Technology,” International Conference on Communication Systems and Networks (CSN 2008), Langkawi, Malaysia, April 2-4, 2008.

  3. Honor, Outstanding Tutorial Performance Award, “Wireless Mobile Ad-Hoc Network Technology,’’ Invited Tutorial Talk, International Conference on Communications, Internet and Information Technology (CIIT 2005), Cambridge, Massachusetts, Oct30-November 3, 2005.

  4. Honor, Outstanding Tutorial Performance Award, “Wireless Sensor Network Technology,’’ International Conference on Communications, Internet and Information Technology (CIIT 2004), St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, November 22-24, 2004.

  5. Honor, Most Effective Professor Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)-SJSU Society, San Jose State University, May 14, 2004.

  6. Honor, Golden-Key International Honor Society, San Jose State University, Outstanding Faculty Member Award, April 6, 2004.

  7. Award, College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award (College Instructional Recognition Grant) , Agency: College of Engineering, SJSU, January 2003.


Research & Publications

For research, see - Research & Scholarly Activity


Books Published:

N. F. Mir, "Computer and Communication Networks” a worldwide adopted textbook, Pearson Prentice-Hall Publisher, with instructor’s supplements including: a Solution Manual and Power Points: 

Computer and Communication Networks, 2/E
    1. Also available for purchase at most online book stores such as: Barnes&Nobles.com or Amazon.com. ISBNs and prints: 2nd Edition textbook, Pearson Prentice-Hall Publisher.

    2. 2nd Edition: 874 pages, published in 2015, ISBN 0133814742

    3. 1st Edition: 656 pages, published in 2006, ISBN 0131389106 (reprinted three times)

    4. Translated to several languages by Pearson Prentice-Hall Publishing Company

    5. Numerous adoptions by US and International Universities.


U.S. Patent:

  1. US Patent 7,012,895 B1, Inventor: N. F. Mir, "Packet-Switching Network with Symmetrical Topology and Method of Routing Packets" Petitioner: Intellectual Properties Office, application no. 09/715,693, disclosure no. 907, invention approved: March 15, 2006.