Curriculum Vitae

Simon S. Lam

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Research Interests: Internet security services, computer network protocol design, protocol verification, and performance analysis


Washington State University, Pullman, Washington
B.S. with Distinction in Electrical Engineering (honored as the College of Engineering Outstanding Senior in EE), 1969

University of California, Los Angeles
M.S. in Engineering, 1970
Ph.D. in Engineering, 1974


Department of Computer Science, University of Texas at Austin
Regents Chair in Computer Science, 2001 - present
Professor, 1983 - present
Department Chair, 1992 - 1994
Professorship No. 2 (anonymously endowed), 1992 - 2001
Professorship No. 1 (anonymously endowed), 1988 - 2001
David Bruton Jr. Centennial Professorship, 1985 - 1988
Associate Professor, 1979 - 1983
Assistant Professor, 1977 - 1979

IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York
Research Staff Member, June 1974 - August 1977

UCLA, ARPANET Measurement Center
Postgraduate Research Engineer, June 1971 - March 1974
Postdoctoral Scholar, March 1974 - June 1974

Honors and Awards

Member, National Academy of Engineering (elected 2007) with the citation, ''For contributions to computer network protocols and network security services.''
Software System Award (2004), ACM, with the citation, "For inventing secure sockets and prototyping the first secure sockets layer (named SNP - Secure Network Programming) as a high-level abstraction suitable for securing Internet applications" (co-recipient)

SIGCOMM Award (2004), ACM, for lifetime contribution to the field of communication networks with the citation, "in recognition of his vision, breadth, and rigor in contributing to, among other areas: secure network communication, the analysis of network and multiaccess protocols, the analysis of queueing networks, and the design of mechanisms for quality of service."

W. Wallace McDowell Award (2004), IEEE Computer Society, with the citation, "For outstanding fundamental contributions in network protocols and security services."

William R. Bennett Prize (2001) in the field of Communications Networking, IEEE Communications Society (co-recipient)

ACM Fellow (elected 1998) with the citation,"For fundamental research contributions to the design, analysis, and understanding of computer network architectures and protocols."

IEEE Fellow (elected 1985) with the citation, "For contributions to the understanding of multiple access techniques, packet-switching networks, and communication protocols."

Leonard G. Abraham Prize (1975) in the field of Communications Systems, IEEE Communications Society (co-recipient) certificate

Member, Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas (elected 2007)

Teaching Excellence Award (2007), College of Natural Sciences, UT-Austin
Editor of the Year Award (2002), Computer Networks
UCLA Chancellor's Fellowship, 1969 - 1973
Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship, 1969 - 1970
Outstanding Senior in Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering, Washington State University, 1969 (certificate, one award for each department)

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