David Tipper is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information. He teaches courses on communication systems, wireless networks, network performance modeling and analysis, network design, and infrastructure protection. His research interests include network design, virtual network design, methods for improving network survivability, the development of efficient algorithms for nonstationary/transient queueing analysis, and the design and analysis of network controls (e.g. routing, admission control, scheduling, etc.) and communication networks for smart grid.
Prior to joining the University Pittsburgh, Tipper was a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson University, where he taught courses on signal processing, control theory, and network performance modeling. He received the NCR Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, as well as an Outstanding Honors Professor citation. While at Clemson, he also served as associate director of the Center for Computer Communication Systems, responsible for external relations for the research center and organized annual conferences. Tipper was a member of the technical staff in the Networking Technology Center at The Mitre Corporation, where he focused on protocol evaluation for packet radio networks. He also worked as a system engineer on NASA's space shuttle mission simulator by Singer-Link.