Thyaga Nandagopal

Thyaga Nandagopal

Program Director
Division of Computer and Network Systems
National Science Foundation

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I work at the National Science Foundation in the Directorate of Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE).  I serve as a Program Director in the Computer and Network Systems division, effective Feb 13, 2012.  I manage wireless networking and mobile computing research within the Networking Technologies and Systems (NeTS) program at NSF.  I also serve as the co-chair of the Wireless Spectrum Research and Development Senior Steering Group (WSRD SSG), which co-ordinates spectrum-related research and development activities across the Federal government.  I am an IEEE Fellow, elevated to this rank for the Class of 2016.

At the National Science Foundation, I help manage various other programs that relate the core mission of pushing the frontiers of computing and communications research. Some of these programs are: CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI), Expeditions in Computing, Algorithms in the Field (AitF), Enhanced Access to Radio Spectrum (EARS), Industry/University Collaborative Research Centers (I/UCRC), and Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

In my past life, I was a Member of Technical Staff at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, in the Networking Research division. My research interests dealt with Networking in the Cloud, Green Networking and Software Defined Networks. In this role, I helped pioneer the development of the first commercial carrier-grade Software Defined Network Platform (ALU 9980 AINP) between 2006 and 2008, with industry-leading features such as service-chaining, and network function virtualization. This work was based on our research dating back to 2004. In addition to this, I have worked extensively on wireless ad hoc/mesh networks, sensors/RFID systems with specific focus on algorithms for enabling efficient operations of these systems.

I received my Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002. I previously received my Masters degrees in Applied Mathematics and Computer Engineering from UIUC in 2000, and 2002 as well. My undergraduate institution is the College of Engineering, Guindy, from where I earned my B. Engg. in Electronics and Communication Engineering in 1997.

I have been with Bell Labs since 2002, when it was the research arm of Lucent Technologies which later became Alcatel-Lucent in 2006.