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Internet2 Mourns the Loss of Malathi Veeraraghavan

May 22, 2020, by Sara Aly
Tags: Frontpage News, Higher Education, Internet2 Member, National Science Foundation

Dr. Malathi Veeraraghavan, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Virginia (UVA), passed away on Monday, May 11. She was also a courtesy faculty member with the Department of Computer Science, an affiliated faculty member with the Department of Statistics, and an affiliated faculty member with the Data Science Institute, all at the UVA.

A long-time Internet2 community member and collaborator, Veeraraghavan was a highly accomplished researcher whose interest in high-speed networking spanned topics in optical, datacenter, virtual-circuit, Grid networks, and vehicular networks. Her work involved creating applications and protocols to ensure that communication to and from networks is as efficient as possible.

In an article published by UVAToday, Veeraraghavan explained that she chose projects that “are designed for impact” because she wanted to “solve problems that make a difference.” At UVA’s High-Speed Networks laboratory, her research group worked on network security, software-defined networks, and networks for smart/connected communities and industrial robotics. 

Veeraraghavan has a long list of accomplishments that include winning over $17 million dollars in competitive research funding, co-authoring 30 patents and over 200 refereed research publications, and receiving six best paper awards. She also led a large DARPA project for cyber hunting at scale using federated privacy-preserving machine-learning methods.

Veeraraghavan held many leadership and service roles, most recently as steering committee member for the IEEE High-Performance Switching and Routing (HPSR) Conference, and as associate director of data infrastructure and services at UVA’s Data Science Institute. 

Earlier this year, she was elevated to IEEE Fellow, "for contributions to control-plane architectures, signal protocols and hybrid networks."

Read the IEEE Communications Society’s tribute to Dr. Malathi Veeraraghavan.