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Wayne J. Holman Chair
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Vice President of Commercialization Chief Commercialization Officer,
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Dr. Sivakumar grew up in Chennai, India and attended the College of Engineering - Guindy, Anna University, where he earned the Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science in 1996. He then moved to Champaign, Illinois to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1998 and 2000, respectively. Following this, he joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech as an Assistant Professor in August 2000. His hobbies include running, playing chess, and reading.

  • Computer Networks
  • Wireless Networks
  • Mobile Computing
  • Entrepreneurship 
Distinctions & Awards
  • Curriculum Innovation Award (co-recipient), presented to the faculty member(s) who are improving the quality of education at Georgia Tech through pedagogical and curricular innovation, 2019.
  • ECE Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, presented to the senior faculty member who has made significant contributions throughout his/her career, 2016.
  • Outstanding Achievement in Research Innovation Award for working at the forefront of discovery, application and deployment, with research results that have had a demonstrable and sustained external economic, social, or policy impact, presented by the Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015.
  • Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to the design of algorithms and protocols for wireless networking and mobile computing, 2014.
  • Best Paper Award, Co-author, IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP), 2005.
  • Outstanding Young Faculty Award, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Tech, 2004.
  • ACM MobiCom Best Student Paper Award (Co-author), Association of Computing Machinery,  SIGMOBILE, 2003.
  • David J. Kuck Award for the Outstanding Doctoral Thesis, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001.
  • Kuck Award for Outstanding Master's Thesis, Department of Computer Science, University of  Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998.
  • University Gold Medal for ranking first in the university across all disciplines, Anna University, Madras, India, 1996.