Lois Wright Hawkes received a BS degree in Pure Mathematics from the University of Western Ontario, an MS degree in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering (Communications) from the University of London, the Imperial College of Science and Technology. She came to the Computer Science Department of FSU in 1980, and has served as Director of Graduate Studies as well as the co-director of the High-performance Computing & Simulation Research Lab in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. She has been active on university-wide committees as well as supporting women in computing, both locally and nationally. She was awarded the William R. Jones Outstanding (doctoral) Mentor Award in 2004. Her research interests include fault tolerant computing, interconnection networks, large-scale storage transfer over high-speed networks, virtual network topologies and educational technology, and her research has been funded by NSF and the Florida High Technology & Industry Council.
In the Dean’s Office she oversees Student Affairs, new degree/major programs, departmental bylaws, College staff hiring and work issues, SACSCOC compliance, communications with Undergraduate Studies and the Registrar’s office, among other duties.