SIGCOMM Award WinnerDavid J. Farber
The Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Telecommunications
University of Pennsylvania
David is a faculty member of the Computer and Information Science Department and of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He also teaches in the new Telecommunications and Networking MS program and is a member of the Faculty Council of the SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management of the Wharton School. At UPenn, David is Director of the Distributed Computer Laboratory -- DSL where, with Prof. Jon Smith, they manage leading edge research in High Speed Networking.
His early academic research work was focused at creating the worlds first operational Distributed Computer System -- DCS while at the ICS Department at the University of California at Irvine. After that, he was a member the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Delaware, where he helped conceive and organize CSNet, NSFNet and the NREN.
David is a 1956 graduate of the Stevens Institute of Technology and started an eleven year career at Bell Laboratories where he helped design the first electronic switching system - the ESS as well as helping to design the programming language SNOBOL. He then went west to The Rand Corporation and to Scientific Data Systems prior to joining academia. At both Bell Labs and Rand, he had the opportunity of working with and learning from giants in the field.
David sits on the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation -- the EFF and is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society -- the ISOC. He is also a Fellow of the Center for Global Communications of Japan -- Glocom and a Member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Democracy and Technology - CDT. In addition, David a a Fellow of the IEEE and was the recipient of the 1995 Sigcomm Award for life long contributions to the computer communications field.
David is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Democrats Online. David is a cofounder of Caine, Farber & Gordon Inc. (CFG Inc.) which became one of the leading suppliers of software design methodology.
One of David's hobbies and one of his current contributions to the networking community is the Interesting People mailing list.