Department of Computer Science and the College
Nick Feamster’s research focuses on computer networking and networked systems, especially network operations and performance, network security and privacy, and communication systems to support free and open online speech. The goal of his research is to design tools, techniques, and policies to help networks operate better, and to provide high availability and good end-to-end performance for public and private network users.
Feamster is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and Technology Review magazine named him one of the top “Innovators under 35” in 2010. His other honors include the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for contributions to cybersecurity, the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communications Rising Star Award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, an IBM Faculty Fellowship, and the Internet Research Task Force Applied Networking Research Prize. His work on the routing control platform won the USENIX Test of Time Award for its influence on software-defined networking (SDN).
He received his PhD in computer science and his MEng and BS in electrical engineering and computer science, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously, Feamster was a professor at Princeton University and director of the Center for Information Technology Policy; prior to that, he was a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. At the University of Chicago, he serves as director of the Center for Data and Computing.