I am an assistant professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where I lead the PennNetworks group and am a member of the Distributed Systems Lab
(DSL). My work has been recognized by an NSF CAREER Award, a VMWare Early Career Faculty Award, a Facebook Faculty Research Award, a Google Research Award, and several best paper awards at SIGCOMM and NSDI.
Prior to Penn, I received my Ph.D. from the University of Washington working (primarily) with Tom Anderson
and Arvind Krishnamurthy
. Prior to that, my undergraduate research at the University of Texas at Austin was in the area of compilers and parallel systems.
My research interests are in the broad areas of distributed systems and networking, and my projects have touched on programmable networks, fault-tolerance, security, data centers, wireless networks, clean-slate Internet architecture, routing/addressing, and the economic aspects of the Internet. In each, my focus is on solving important, long-standing problems by introducing creative new approaches and bridging disciplines.
All of this research is made possible by my fantastic students:
- Qizhen Zhang (with Boon Thau Loo)
- Assistant Professor at University of Toronto (2023).
- Gap-year Postdoc at Microsoft Research (2022).
- Winner of the 2022 Rubinoff award for best Computer Science thesis at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Winner of the 2019 Jonathan M. Smith Fellowship.
- Nofel Yaseen
- Meta (2022).
- Winner of the 2020 Facebook Fellowship in Networking and Connectivity.
I also worked closely with Charles Kazer
(now a Instructor at Swarthmore College), John Sonchack
(student of Johnathan Smith, now at Princeton), João Sedoc
(student of Lyle Ungar, now at NYU Stern), and Max Demoulin
(student of Boon Thau Loo and Linh T. X. Phan, now at Astronomer).