Timothy X Brown is director of research and a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy Departments at Carnegie Mellon University Africa in Rwanda. He is also director of the Kigali Collaborative Research Center. From 1995 to 2012 he was at the University of Colorado at Boulder, most recently as professor and director of the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program. He received his B.S. in physics from Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, after which he worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Bell Communications Research. His research interests include adaptive network control, machine learning, and wireless communication systems. His current research funding includes Master Card Foundation and other industry funders. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, and the GWEC Wireless Educator of the Year Award.

As director of research, he is responsible for:

  • Outreach to research partners and funders
  • Recruiting postdocs
  • Faculty and student research advisor
  • Research resources lead (labs, computing, etc.)
  • Liaising with Pittsburgh research
  • Liaising with KCRC
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1990 Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

1987 MS, Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

1986 BS, Physics, Pennsylvania State University


Media mentions

Engineering and Public Policy

EPP professors receive College of Engineering faculty awards

Assistant Professor Destenie Nock and Professor Tim Brown won awards which recognize faculty who have displayed excellence in education and research.

CMU College of Engineering

2023 Engineering Faculty Awards announced

The 2023 Engineering Faculty Awards highlight faculty members who have shown outstanding educational, research, and service efforts. Congratulations to all of this year’s awardees!

Carnegie Mellon University Africa

Do drones have a future in African agriculture?

CMU-Africa’s Tim Brown researches the integration of drones in African agriculture.

CMU Engineering

Improving air quality in Africa

CMU-Africa, CMU-Pittsburgh, and global collaborators create an air quality testing center in Ghana with new funding from the Clean Air Fund.

Carnegie Mellon University Africa

Pan-African network holds inaugural conference

Afretec recently held its inaugural conference at CMU-Africa where it welcomed leadership from member universities across the continent.

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

CMU-Africa and KCRC test and deploy TEOM instruments

CMU-Africa and the Kigali Collaborative Research Centre are testing and deploying TEOM instruments to partners in Rwanda and throughout East Africa through AfriqAir to monitor air quality.