Benson Joins Faculty

September 01, 2013

CS welcomes Theophilus Benson as an assistant professor. Benson comes to us from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he worked on understanding and mitigating the implications of management complexity on enterprise networks and data centers.

Benson's research focuses on developing and optimizing architectures to support big data infrastructure and large online services. More specifically, he works on: generating analytical models of traffic; modeling interaction of various networked systems; designing protocols for optimizing network performance; and developing frameworks for enriching software-defined networks.

He plans to teach several graduate level seminars on rethinking networking paradigms in cloud computing, in software-defined networks, and in infrastructures for supporting big data analytics. He will also teach undergraduate classes on fundamental networking principles and on designing applications for the cloud.

Outside of work, Benson can be found bouldering at local climbing gyms or running the Durham sidewalks in preparation for his next "Tough Mudder."