Sanjay Rao 

Associate Professor

322-A EE Building
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering                                                                                           
Purdue University 
465 Northwestern Avenue

West Lafayette, IN 47907

Phone: 765-494-3399

Fax: 765-494-0676 (ATTN: Sanjay)
E-mail: sanjay AT ecn DOT purdue DOT edu                                                       




My research interests are in Cloud Computing and  Enterprise Network Management with a focus on enterprise design and configuration. In the past, my research has been in the areas of peer-to-peer systems, and Internet video distribution. I lead the  Internet Systems Lab, where you can find more details of my research. In the past, I have been been a Visiting Research Scientist at the Computer Science Department of Princeton University (Feb –Aug, 2015), Google (June 2011-July 2012), and at AT&T Research (May 2006-June 2006). My research has been recognized with an NSF CAREER award (2010), and with the ACM SIGMETRICS Test of Time Award (2011).






Graduate Students



Spring 09-11,13-14,16-17          Computer Network Systems         (ECE 595)

                             [a more advanced version taught as a 695 course in Spring 06,08]

Fall  05-10, 12-16  Introduction to Computer Networking  (ECE 463)

Spring 06.07          Principles of Network Management       (ECE 695/CS 590)

Spring 2005           Introduction to Computer Security        (ECE 495F)


Professional Service

Associate Editor, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (December 2016 – Present)

Area Technical Program Chair, IEEE Infocom (2017, 2018)

Technical Program Co-Chair, Internet Network Management/Workshop on Research in Enterprise Networks (INM/WREN), co-located with NSDI, 2010

Publicity Chair, ACM CoNext 2013

Student Travel Grant Chair, ACM CoNEXT 2008

Review Panel,  NSF (2009,13,14), DOE (2013)

Selected Technical Program Committee Service:

Conferences: ACM Sigcomm (2008), Sigcomm Poster Committee (2007,10,13), NSDI (2014) IEEE Infocom (2008-18),  ACM CoNEXT (2008-09,13), IEEE ICDCS (2006, 2012-13), IEEE ICNP (2012), ACM Multimedia (2011,13,14), IFIP Networking (2010)

WorkshopsUsenix HotCloud (held with Usenix ATC) (2011), Usenix HotICE (held with NSDI) (2012), NOSSDAV (2009-12), ACM Safeconfig (with ACM CCS) (2009,2010), INM (with Sigcomm and ICNP) (2007,2008).


Sanjay G. Rao is an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University, where he leads the Internet Systems Laboratory. His research spans network management, cloud computing, and Internet video distribution. He received a B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and the Ph.D from the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University. He has been a Visiting Researcher at Google, AT&T Research and Princeton University. He is a recipient of the NSF Career award, and won the ACM SIGMETRICS Test of Time Award for his work on End System Multicast (peer-to-peer video streaming).  He has served on the Technical Program Committees of  conferences including ACM Sigcomm, Usenix NSDI, and ACM CoNext, has served as the Area technical program chair of IEEE Infocom, is currently an Associate Editor for the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, and was the technical program co-chair of the INM/WREN workshop held in conjuction with NSDI 2010.