Scott Shenker

Scott Shenker, Leader of ICSI's New Initiatives Group

Director, Research Initiatives
Chief Scientist

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Scott Shenker is a professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department at UC Berkeley. He is also the chief scientist at ICSI, where he was a founding member of the ICSI Center for Internet Research. He received his doctorate in physics in 1983 from the University of Chicago, and was later awarded an honorary doctorate from the same university in recognition of his contributions to Internet architecture. Along with Martin Casado and Nick McKeown, he has been a leader in the movement toward Software-Defined Networking. In terms of commercial activities, he was co-founder (with Casado and McKeown), founding CEO, and chief scientist of Nicira. He is also a founder and board member of Databricks, and a founder of Nefeli Networks.

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Work Experience

  • Chief Scientist, ICSI, 2012-present
  • Professor, UC Berkeley, 2004-present
  • Adjunct Professor, UC Berkeley, 2002-2004
  • Networking Group Leader, ICSI, 1998-present
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Southern California, 1995-2001
  • Principal Scientist, PARC, Xerox Corporation, 1995-1998
  • Member of Research Staff, PARC, Xerox Corporation, 1984-1995
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell University, Theoretical Physics, 1983-1984


  • PhD, Physics, University of Chicago, 1983
  • ScB, Physics, Brown University, 1978

Awards, Honors and Significant Achievements

  • ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practis Award, 2017
  • Berkeley Visionary Award, 2017
  • Computers and Communications (C&C) Prize (with McKeown and Casado), 2015
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering, 2012
  • Honorary Doctorate, University of Chicago, 2007
  • IEEE Internet Award, 2006
  • SIGCOMM Award, 2002
  • Fellow, ACM and IEEE