ACM-W Names Jennifer Rexford 2016-2017 Athena Lecturer
April 13, 2016
ACM-W, the Association for Computing Machinery's Council on Women in Computing, has named Jennifer Rexford of Princeton University as the 2016-2017 Athena Lecturer. Rexford was cited for innovations that improved the efficiency of the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) in routing Internet traffic, for laying the groundwork for software-defined networks (SDNs) and for contributions in measuring and engineering IP networks. These contributions greatly enhanced the stability and flow of Internet transmissions, and make data networks easier to design, understand and manage.
Jennifer Rexford is the Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor of Engineering and Chair of the Computer Science Department at Princeton University. An ACM Fellow, she received the 2004 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award, given annually to an outstanding young computing professional. She served as Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Communications and Computer Networks (SIGCOMM) and co-founded the ACM Internet Measurement Conference and the Symposium on SDN Research (HotSDN).
The Athena Lecturer award celebrates women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to computer science. It includes a $25,000 honorarium provided by Google Inc. The Athena Lecturer is invited to present a lecture at an ACM event. Rexford will be formally recognized at the ACM Annual Awards Banquet, June 11, in San Francisco, California.