Co-founder & Executive Director, ONRC, Consulting Professor
Guru joined Stanford University in August 2007 and served as the Executive Director of its Clean Slate Internet Design Program. He has been in the field of networking for over 25 years and cherishes opportunities he has had to work with great people. He has worked in academia (Washington University in St. Louis and now Stanford), startups (Growth Networks and others), a large company (Cisco), a top tier venture capital firm , and a federal funding agency.At Stanford Guru helped create three large projects/programs: OpenFlow/Software-Defined Networking, Programmable Open Mobile Internet 2020 (POMI 2020), and Stanford Experimental Data Center Laboratory.
Before Stanford, Guru spent four years at National Science Foundation and worked with the broader research community and NSF CISE team to champion and create programs such as GENI, Future Internet Design, and Network of Sensor Systems. Guru received NSF Director's award for Program Management excellence. Before NSF, Guru spent four years in Silicon Valley and founded successful and not so successful startups and also served as an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at NEA during 2001. He received NEA's Entrepreneurship Award in 2001 for Growth Networks. He was a nominated TiE Washington DC Charter Member and is now TiE Silicon Valley Charter Member. He continues to serve as a technical advisor to several startups.
Before startups, Guru spent over 12 years at Washington University in St. Louis where he was a Professor of Computer Science and Director of Applied Research Laboratory and worked with Jon Turner, Jerry Cox, George Varghese, and a group of very talented and creative graduate students to lead research and prototyping of high performance networking and multimedia systems such as the virtual memory system of NetBSD and FreeBSD Unix, APIC gigabit network interface, router plug-in software , packet striping algorithms, multimedia on demand server and service , and Real Time Upcall system for QoS for NetBSD, Congram-oriented Internetworking to get QoS and performance, IP and ATM integration, and others. Guru received PhD in Computer Science from the University of Delaware in 1987 at the time when UDEL was at the center of exciting developments in networking including CSNET, NSFNET, Memnet, gigabit testbeds, and others. Guru is a recipient of Alumni Outstanding Achievement award and Frank A. Pehrson Graduate Student Achievement award from the University of Delaware.
Highlights of Guru's professional services include ACM SIGCOMM'99 PC Co-Chair, NOSSDAV'97 PC Chair, ACM/IEEE Transaction on Networking Technical and Publications Editor, IEEE Network Editor, and Co-Editor IEEE JSAC special issue on Gigabit Networking.
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