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Short Bio:

Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal is the Deputy Division Director of the Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) Division in the Directorate of Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE) at the National Science Foundation. He previously served as a Program Director at the NSF in the Networking Technologies and Systems (NeTS) program, where he managed mobile systems and wireless networking research across multiple funding programs with an annual budget of over $50M. At NSF, he is also leading the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research program, a $100M effort announced in July 2016. He also serves 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. He is an IEEE Fellow, and holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Long Bio:

Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal works at the National Science Foundation in the Directorate of Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE).  He serves as the Deputy Division Director of the Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) Division, effective Jan 2018. He previously served for 6 years as a Program Director in the Computer and Network Systems division, where he managed wireless networking and mobile computing research within the Networking Technologies and Systems (NeTS) program at NSF.  Dr. Nandagopal also currently serves 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.  He is an IEEE Fellow, elevated to this rank for the Class of 2016. 

Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal is spearheading the $400 million NSF Advanced Wireless Initiative that was announced on July 15, 2016, as part of an White House effort in this space. As part of this effort, he manages the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program that aims to create four advanced wireless research platforms in cities across the United States over the next five years. At the National Science Foundation, he is has been involved in running various other programs, in addition to the NeTS and PAWR programs noted above, 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).

Prior to his service at the NSF, Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal was at Bell Labs, the research arm of Lucent Technologies which later became Alcatel-Lucent in 2006.  He was a Member of Technical Staff at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, in the Networking Research division for 10 years. During his time at Bell Labs, his diverse research interests spanned Wireless Mesh Networks, RFID systems, Networking in the Cloud, Energy-efficient Networks and Software Defined Networks. In this role, he 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 product emerged from the cutting-edge research on SDNs done in the Networking Research lab back in 2004. He received the Bell Labs President's Award twice on account of his work on this product.

Dr. Nandagopal received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002. He has Masters degrees in Applied Mathematics and Computer Engineering from UIUC in 2000, and 2002. His undergraduate institution is the College of Engineering, Guindy, from where he earned a B. Engg. in Electronics and Communication Engineering in 1997.  He is a resident of Northern Virginia. In 2016, he received the Young Alumni Achievement Award from the ECE Department at the University of Illinois. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Senior Member of the ACM.




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