Scott Shenker

Scott Shenker, Leader of ICSI's New Initiatives Group

Research Director, Extensible Internet
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Scott Shenker spent his academic youth studying theoretical physics but soon gave up chaos theory for computer science. Continuing to display a remarkably short attention span, his research over the years has wandered from performance modeling and networking to game theory and economics. Unable to focus on any single topic, his current research projects include software-defined networking, network function virtualization, network algorithms and protocols, cluster programming models, and Internet architecture. Unable to hold a steady job, he currently splits his time between the UC Berkeley Computer Science Division and the International Computer Science Institute.

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Work Experience

  • Research Director, Extensible Internet, 2021-present
  • Chief Scientist, ICSI, 2012-2021
  • Professor, UC Berkeley, 2004-present
  • Adjunct Professor, UC Berkeley, 2002-2004
  • Networking Group Leader, ICSI, 1998-present
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Southern California, 1995-2001
  • Principal Scientist, PARC, Xerox Corporation, 1995-1998
  • Member of Research Staff, PARC, Xerox Corporation, 1984-1995
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell University, Theoretical Physics, 1983-1984


  • PhD, Physics, University of Chicago, 1983
  • ScB, Physics, Brown University, 1978

Awards, Honors and Significant Achievements

  • ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practis Award, 2017
  • Berkeley Visionary Award, 2017
  • Computers and Communications (C&C) Prize (with McKeown and Casado), 2015
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering, 2012
  • Honorary Doctorate, University of Chicago, 2007
  • IEEE Internet Award, 2006
  • SIGCOMM Award, 2002
  • Fellow, ACM, IEEE, NASEM, and AAAS