Roch Guerin (PhD ’86) Named Chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Washington University in St. Louis


Guérin is the Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Telecommunications Networks and professor of electrical and systems engineering and computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), where he has been on the faculty since 1998.


“I am delighted to welcome Roch Guérin to the School of Engineering & Applied Science,” says Ralph S. Quatrano, PhD, dean and the Spencer T. Olin Professor. “He has an exceptionally strong national and international reputation and visibility, not only for his research but for his experience in the private and entrepreneurial sectors. Coupled with his commitment to both undergraduate and graduate education, he will lead the department to partner with other educational and research initiatives within engineering and other departments on the Danforth and Medical campuses.”


Guérin also will be named the Harold B. and Adelaide G. Welge Professor of Computer Science at Washington University. He expects to add several new faculty over the next two years.


Guérin is an international leader in the field of computer networking, both for his major research contributions and his dedication to serving the community. He is widely recognized for his contributions to understanding the fundamentals of data network design and how networks can be designed to provide desired quality of service guarantees. His work was among the earliest in this area and is credited with laying the foundation for later work. He also made early contributions in wireless and cellular networks.


From 2001-04, Guérin was on leave from Penn to start Ipsum Networks, which pioneered the concept of route analytics for managing IP networks.


Prior to joining the faculty at Penn, he was in a variety of technical and management positions at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.


A Paris native, Guérin earned master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree from ENST Paris.


He received the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) INFOCOM Achievement Award and the IEEE INFOCOM Best Paper Award in 2010; the IEEE Technical Committee on Computer Communications (TCCC) Outstanding Service Award in 2009 and was elected an IEEE Fellow in January 2001. He was elected an ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Fellow in 2006, and received the IBM Outstanding Innovation Award in 1994.


He has published research in a variety of journals and served on advisory boards of international telecommunications companies. He is now on the scientific advisory board of Simula Research Laboratory in Norway.


From: Washington University in St. Louis