Prof. Sitaraman is currently in the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is best known for his role in pioneering large distributed systems that currently deliver much of the world’s web, videos, applications, and online services. As a principal architect, he helped create the Akamai network, the world’s first major content delivery network (CDN). He retains a part-time role as Akamai’s Chief Consulting Scientist.

Prof. Sitaraman’s research spans all aspects of Internet-scale distributed systems, including algorithms, architectures, performance, and energy efficiency. He directs the Laboratory for Internet-Scale Distributed Systems (LIDS), is a member of the Theoretical Computer Science group, and is the founding director of the Informatics Program. He received a B.Tech. in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and a Ph.D. in computer science from Princeton University.