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Appointed as the 3rd holder of the Kleiner Perkins, Mayfield, Sequoia Capital Professorship in the Sch of Engineering
Prof. Nick McKeown
Appointed as the third holder of the Kleiner Perkins, Mayfield, Sequoia Capital Professorship in the School of Engineering
Nick McKeown has been appointed as the third holder of the Kleiner Perkins, Mayfield, Sequoia Capital Professorship in the School of Engineering. This endowed chair was established in 1996 with an endowed gift from Tom Ford. It was the donor’s wish that the chair support faculty working in advanced technologies or methodologies with a preference for individuals who demonstrate an understanding of the value of interaction between the academy and the world of business.
Prof. McKeown is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and of Computer Science. He currently serves as director of the Clean Slate Internet Design Program. He received his B Eng degree from the University of Leeds in electrical and electronic engineering in 1986; he earned electrical engineering/computer science MS and PhD degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992 and 1995, respectively.
Prior to coming to Stanford in 1995, he spent time at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Bristol, England. He was the CEO/co-founder of Nemo Systems (now part of Cisco) and the CTO/co-founder of Abrizio Inc. (acquired by PMC-Sierra). He also co-founded Nicira Networks Inc., where he is currently a board member.
His current research focuses on techniques to improve the Internet. Much of his work has focused on the architecture, design, analysis, and implementation of high-performance Internet switches and routers. His recent interests have broadened to include network architecture, backbone network design, congestion control, and how the Internet might be redesigned if we were to start from scratch.
A member of the US National Academy of Engineering, he is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, of the IEEE, and of the ACM. He has received the British Computer Society Lovelace Medal, the IEEE Kobayashi Computer and Communications Award, and the ACM SIGCOMM’s Lifetime Contribution Award.