Department of Computer
The University of Texas at Austin
Simon S. Lam is
Professor and Regents
Chair in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin. He
received the BSEE degree with Distinction from Washington State
University, Pullman, in 1969,
and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from UCLA in 1970 and
From 1971 to 1974, he was a Postgraduate Research Engineer at the ARPA Network
Measurement Center, UCLA, where he worked on packet switching techniques for
satellite and radio channels. From 1974 to 1977, he was a Research Staff Member
at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York. Since 1977,
he has been on the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin. He served as
Department Chair from 1992 to 1994. His current research interests are in computer network protocol design, Internet security
services, protocol verification, and performance analysis.
Professor Lam was elected to the
National Academy of Engineering in 2007 with the citation, ''For
contributions to computer network protocols and network security services.''
He is a co-recipient of the 2004 Software System Award
citation, "For inventing secure sockets and prototyping the first
sockets layer (named SNP - Secure Network Programming) as a high-level
abstraction suitable for securing Internet applications."
He received the 2004
from ACM for lifetime contributions to the
field of communications networks with the citation "in recognition of
vision, breadth, and rigor in contributing to, among other areas: secure
communication, the analysis of network and multiaccess protocols, the
of queueing networks, and the design of mechanisms for quality of
He received the 2004
W. Wallace McDowell Award
from IEEE Computer Society with the
citation, "For outstanding
contributions in network protocols and security services."
He is a co-recipient of the 1975
Abraham Prize in the field of communications systems and the 2001
in the field of communications networking from IEEE Communications
Society. He is an
Fellow (elected 1985) and an
ACM Fellow (elected 1998). He is a member
Academy of Medicine, Engineering and
Science of Texas (elected 2007). He received a Teaching Excellence
Award form the College of Natural Sciences in 2007.
Professor Lam was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
1995 to 1999. He served on the editorial boards of IEEE/ACM
Transactions on Networking,
Computer Networks, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, IEEE
Communications, Proceedings of the IEEE, and Performance
Evaluation. He co-founded the ACM SIGCOMM conference in 1983
and the IEEE
International Conference on Network Protocols in 1993.
Personal Simon S. Lam was born in Macau
with the family name
and the given name
(Lam Sin Sing or Lam Shin Sing).
He moved with his
family to Hong Kong in 1959. He attended La Salle College,
Kong from 1961 to 1966. He passed the Hong Kong English School
Examination in 1965 and was awarded a Hong Kong Government
took the University of London G.C.E. Examination in 1966 and left Hong
September 7, 1966 on his way to attend Washington State
Pullman, Washington. He met his wife, Amy, in 1969 at
UCLA. They have one child, Eric.
Last updated, 1/16/2018