Ramana Kompella

Distinguished Engineer & Head of Research

Emerging Tech and Incubation

Ramana Kompella is currently a Distinguished Engineer, and the Head of Research in the Emerging Tech and Incubation group at Cisco, where he leads university research collaborations.

In his prior role within Cisco, he was a founding member, Head of Engineering, and the CTO of the Candid alpha project that built the Network Assurance Engine for providing continuous formal verification of intent for Cisco's ACI data center networks. Prior to Cisco, he was a Staff Network Architect in the Network Operations team (NetOps) at Google, where he led several network measurement initiatives for the next-generation Google Data Center Networks.

He also was the co-founder, and CTO of Appformix and led the engineering effort to build the first generation application optimization platform for virtual environments.

Until 2013, he served as an Associate Professor at Purdue University where he led the Systems and Networking Research funded by grants over 2M$s from NSF and other Industrial Sources, and served as the thesis advisor for several Ph.D. and Masters Students.

He holds a B.Tech degree from IIT Bombay, M.S. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from UCSD, all in Computer Science.


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